[UPDATED] The cw has officially picked up Black lightning.
Just days after we learned the shoot date for the Black Lightning pilot, we’ve now learned that the series is no longer happening at FOX. Deadline reports that the network has decided to pass on the series, citing they have overextended themselves on comic book dramas. Gotham and Lucifer currently air on the network with an x-men series currently in development.
The report indicates that Warner Brothers have already started shopping the series around to other networks, with the CW as the current frontrunner. The move there seems likely, as the network is home to four other Berlanti Productions DC superhero series – Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl, along with Riverdale, also produced by Greg Berlanti. Supergirl also originally aired on CBS before it moved to the CW.
Black Lightning will follow Jefferson Pierce, a character who made his choice years ago to hang up his suit and secret identity. However, his hell-bent on justice, star student daughter being recruited into a local gang pulls him back into the vigilante game as the DC Comics hero: Black Lightning.
Although the series would not likely crossover with the arrowverse if it aired on FOX, the move to the CW will allow the series to be set in the Arrowverse, or at the very least allow for some crossovers between the universes, as often happens with Supergirl.
We’ll be sure to keep you updated as the story develops.