The DC Comic series Black Lightning has been confirmed to join The CW! Mara Brock Akil (Girlfriends, The Game, Being Mary Jane) and her husband Salim Akil of Akil Productions teamed up with Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter to executive produce the project.
The project was initially set up at Fox; however, once the network opted not to go to pilot, the series was shopped to other networks by Warner Bros with The CW as the frontrunner, and it has now found its match. Berlanti, of Berlanti Productions, already has a home at the network including Supergirl, Arrow, The Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow, which he also co-created.
Black Lightning, written by the Akil duo, centers on the character Jefferson Pierce who, after hanging up his superhero suit in retirement, is pulled back into the vigilante fight in reaction to a daughter being recruited by the local gang. Black Lightning was one of the first major Black superheroes to appear in DC Comics, and will be the first network series to feature an African-American superhero as its lead.
Brock Akil has a longstanding history as a television Writer/Producer, her credits tracing back as early as The Jamie Foxx Show and Moesha. 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.