The married production duo were recently green-lit by The CW to create a pilot based off of DC Comics’ Black Lightening series that chronicles the adventures of a superhero with the ability to generate and control lightning. Fox TV originally held the project before passing, Shadow and Act reports.
Black Lightning, whose real name “Jefferson Pierce,” was created by Tony Isabella and Trevor von Eeden, and first appeared in a 1977 comic book issue.
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The Akils will executive produce the series for Warner Brothers through their 3-year deal signed after leaving BET in 2015.
As noted by Shadow and Act, there’s no word on how the comic book hero will be transferred to the small screen, and certainly no casting news. Although, should The CW love the pilot, which it has now ordered, a 2018 TV season premiere is likely. The character has appeared in a number of animated series and films, but never in his own series, and definitely not live-action.
Because comic book characters are the new blockbuster secret, it’s cool to see the Akils getting into the space.