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DC Hero Black Lightning coming to television from producer Greg Berlanti

09.01.2016

Deadline reports that DC comics superhero BLACK LIGHTNING (not to be confused with Black Vulcan) is going to be getting his own television series thanks to ARROW and THE FLASH producer, Greg Berlanti. Berlanti has had a pretty good track record with his CW superhero shows (I haven't seen them, but they seem fun. Well, THE FLASH does anyway), and hopefully this is no exception. The report says he's also teaming up with BEING MARY JANE creator Mara Brock Akil for the superhero series.

What's most exciting for me is adding more diversity to the superhero roster, especially on television (where Marvel's upcoming LUKE CAGE seems to be one of the few exceptions at the moment). In fact, Black Lightning is one of the first prominent black superheroes in DC canon, debuting in the comics in 1977 (beating Cyborg by three years). This also won't be the first time he's been adapted to screen, since he's been a part of a few DC television adaptions in the past (with bit parts in the animated YOUNG JUSTICE and BRAVE AND THE BOLD, as well as BATMAN/SUPERMAN: PUBLIC ENEMIES voiced by LeVar Burton). However, this will be the first time he'll be in live-action (unless you count Sinbad).

No casting announcements or release dates yet, as Berlanti and Akil are still pitching the idea to studios. But with the success of Berlanti's other DC properties, the likely success of Netflix's LUKE CAGE, and the popularity of superheroes in general, this seems like a slam dunk (wait, bad metaphor). This seems like a shoe in (better)!

 

 

Extra Tidbit: According to Wikipedia, the original candidate for DC Comics' first headlining black superhero was a character called the Black Bomber, a white racist who would turn into a black superhero under stress. What the f*ck.
Source: Deadline

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2:35AM on 09/04/2016
The producers of Vampire Diaries should be worried because Greg Berlanti currently has the Monday through Thursday CW 8:00 pm time slots. What they could do is have Black Lightning be its own thing for 13 episodes and then integrate it into the Berlantiverse when the shows come back in October. That is assuming it will be ready for January as a mid-season replacement which is unlikely because we are in September already. More likely they would let Vampire Diaries have a full season and have
The producers of Vampire Diaries should be worried because Greg Berlanti currently has the Monday through Thursday CW 8:00 pm time slots. What they could do is have Black Lightning be its own thing for 13 episodes and then integrate it into the Berlantiverse when the shows come back in October. That is assuming it will be ready for January as a mid-season replacement which is unlikely because we are in September already. More likely they would let Vampire Diaries have a full season and have Black Lightning take the 8:00 time slot next year in the fall.
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9:55AM on 09/02/2016
I'm all for this. I feel like CW might be at the point of over saturating their network with superhero shows. But that being said, Arrow has been on the decline since season 2. And with it going into season 5, perhaps that show might be getting ready to wrap things up. And then there is Legends of Tomorrow, which IMO is terrible, so maybe that will be cancelled after season 2. In other words, I'm all for this, if they can make it work in their current roster of shows than great! If not,
I'm all for this. I feel like CW might be at the point of over saturating their network with superhero shows. But that being said, Arrow has been on the decline since season 2. And with it going into season 5, perhaps that show might be getting ready to wrap things up. And then there is Legends of Tomorrow, which IMO is terrible, so maybe that will be cancelled after season 2. In other words, I'm all for this, if they can make it work in their current roster of shows than great! If not, hopefully some of the other shows get bumped off the air to make room for this.
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3:31AM on 09/02/2016
I'm all for it. I don't know a ton about the character though I know who he is. But frankyl after the way they've butchered firestorm I'd love to see this. The DCCU TV team needs a strong solid "spellslinging" style character. He's got that in spades so count me in. I mean I gave supergirl two chances and still don't like it. LOT is pretty bad. Arrow was great and has been on the decline but I still like it. And Flash is one of my favorite TV shows period so I'll keep my fingers crossed that
I'm all for it. I don't know a ton about the character though I know who he is. But frankyl after the way they've butchered firestorm I'd love to see this. The DCCU TV team needs a strong solid "spellslinging" style character. He's got that in spades so count me in. I mean I gave supergirl two chances and still don't like it. LOT is pretty bad. Arrow was great and has been on the decline but I still like it. And Flash is one of my favorite TV shows period so I'll keep my fingers crossed that this is like Flash or Arrow and not like the other two. Coin flip here on whether its good or bad lol.
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8:42PM on 09/01/2016
With PC being what it is right now, they should make the switch to WHITE Lightning!!!
With PC being what it is right now, they should make the switch to WHITE Lightning!!!
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7:45PM on 09/01/2016
Is Black Lightning the same character as Black Vulcan?
Is Black Lightning the same character as Black Vulcan?
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8:15PM on 09/01/2016
Super volt!
Super volt!
6:56PM on 09/01/2016
You know, if they made this into some type of period superhero show, like something set in the 1970's as a nod to the blaxploitation films, then it could be interesting. If it's just another CW superhero show, I'll pass.
You know, if they made this into some type of period superhero show, like something set in the 1970's as a nod to the blaxploitation films, then it could be interesting. If it's just another CW superhero show, I'll pass.
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11:18PM on 09/01/2016
Why must it be a nod to blaxploitation films just to make it interesting? What is so NOT interesting about a black superhero with real superpowers working in current society?
Why must it be a nod to blaxploitation films just to make it interesting? What is so NOT interesting about a black superhero with real superpowers working in current society?
11:32PM on 09/01/2016
All the other superhero films/shows take place in present day, why not try something different. With a name like Black Lightning it already sounds like a blaxpolitation film, and the article states the character was created in the 70's when those films were popular. Since there's never been a superhero film/show set in the 70's, I think it would be an interesting and unique approach.
All the other superhero films/shows take place in present day, why not try something different. With a name like Black Lightning it already sounds like a blaxpolitation film, and the article states the character was created in the 70's when those films were popular. Since there's never been a superhero film/show set in the 70's, I think it would be an interesting and unique approach.
5:36AM on 09/02/2016
How would a black superhero TV show set in the '70s 'as an homage' be in any way interesting and unique when there isn't that many superhero movies or TV shows with a black protagonist to begin with?
How would a black superhero TV show set in the '70s 'as an homage' be in any way interesting and unique when there isn't that many superhero movies or TV shows with a black protagonist to begin with?
5:48PM on 09/03/2016
That sounds cool although if it is on CW you know that it will be modern day so they can do cross-overs. As for moonrider.....
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I wanna be PC
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That sounds cool although if it is on CW you know that it will be modern day so they can do cross-overs. As for moonrider.....
woo woo
I wanna be PC
woo woo
It's just the way to be for me
And you
woo woo
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