Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil have partnered with Greg Berlanti for Black Lightning, a drama based on the DC Comics character created by Tony Isabella with artist Trevor Von Eeden. Making his debut in 1977, Black Lightning aka Jefferson Pierce, was one of DC Comics’ first major black superheroes.
The series, 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.
The series will be executive produced by the Akil’s with both Greg 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 Greg 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, which stars Gabrielle Union. The duo is expected to consult on the upcoming fourth season, while maintaining their executive producer credit on the series. The husband-wife duo have also inked a pilot production commitment on a multi-camera comedy titled Documenting Love at ABC.