Fox very well could be adding another DC Comics character to its roster.  The network has given a pilot production commitment to Black Lightning, the black superhero drama from Salim and Mara Brock Akil (The Game, Being Mary Jane) and producer Greg Berlanti (Arrow, The Flash).

The hour long drama, written by the Akil’s, will center on Jefferson Pierce, who hung up his suit and secret identity years ago. But when his clever young daughter who’s hell-bent on justice is recruited by a local gang, he’ll be pulled back into the fight as the wanted vigilante and DC legend Black Lightning.

If Black Lightning is picked up to series, the drama would be the first to feature an African-American superhero as its lead. Netflix, of course, has Marvel drama Luke Cage premiering at the end of the month.

Black Lightning will be executive produced by the Akil’s with both Berlanti and Sarah Schechter of Berlanti Productions– the same company behind all WBTV superhero series’ on the CW including: DC’s Supergirl, Arrow, The Flash, Legends Of Tomorrow and the upcoming Archie Comics adaptation Riverdale, all of which were co-created by Berlanti

The Akil’s spent the last five years under overall deals at BET where they created and executive produced Being Mary Jane, the network’s first one-hour scripted series starring Gabrielle Union. The duo is expected to consult on the upcoming fourth season, while maintaining their executive producer credit on the series, and they recently inked a pilot production commitment on a multi-camera comedy titled Documenting Love at ABC.

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