By Bryan Martin
The CW’s DC universe may be getting a little bit bigger. Deadline reports that Fox is passing on Black Lightning, a show based on the DC hero Jefferson Pierce. Fox decided that it would not be a good fit with its current and upcoming lineup. Therefore, it will not take the series to pilot. It is currently being shopped to other networks, with CW being the expected front-runner.
Black Lightning is produced by Greg Berlanti, a familiar name at the CW, due to the fact that he currently produces the four other DC superhero series. The CW already has Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, Arrow, and The Flash, along with the other comic inspired series Riverdale and iZombie. This makes CW sound like a perfect home for the show, especially with Arrow approaching its sixth season and no clear indication of exactly how long the series will last. If Arrow does not get a season 7 renewal, Black Lightning could be seen as its replacement.
The series is expected to center on Jefferson Pierce, who is brought out of retirement in order to protect his young daughter. This type of familial drama is the foundation of most CW shows these days, and that's another reason it could be a great fit for the network.
One can only hope that Black Lightning continues the trend of heroes bringing in young sidekicks to train, as the cartoon Young Justice briefly touched on Black Lightning being a potential mentor to Static Shock. That storyline may be continued in the new season that show, but could also work just as well in this live action version.
There is no word on casting or possible start dates for the series, as CW has yet to officially pick up the series.
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