The CW looks set to get a fifth series in its growing stable of shows inspired by DC Comics series, though this one is slightly unexpected.
Greg Berlanti, the producer behind all four of The CW’s DC shows, had been developing another comic series titled “Black Lightning” for FOX and had a big production commitment from the network.
Now though, Deadline reports that discussions are underway for the show to go on the move and head to The CW. Fox opted not to go to pilot, but Warner Bros. TV immediately began shopping it around and the CW emerged as the likely new home.
This is not an unusual thing these days. CBS’ “Supergirl” jumped ship to The CW this season, while The CW’s much talked about “Riverdale” actually began development at FOX.
“Black Lightning”, which has “Being Mary Jane” creator Mara Brock Akil and her husband Salim Akil as showrunners, will likely get a pilot order. The series follows Jefferson Pierce, aka Black Lightning, a retired African-American superhero with young daughters who is reluctantly pulled back into the game.
At last report there weren’t plans to tie the property into the other CW-DC shows, if it shifts that will likely change – but that isn’t confirmed at this point.
FOX has no shortage of genre dramas at the moment with “The Passage,” and “X-Men” series, and Seth MacFarlane’s space dramedy all going to pilot and have a good chance of going forward at the network for next season.