Greg Berlanti’s Black Lightning Superhero Series Is a Go at CW

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It’s rare for lightning to strike twice, but super-producer Greg Berlanti is a rod for successful adaptations of DC comics. Now Berlanti, the man behind Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow (and non-DC Archie Comics adaptation Riverdale), is giving the genre another go with a first season order of Black Lightning. When CW announced the pilot earlier this year, the plot was reported to follow a retired Black Lightning (a.k.a. Jefferson Pierce), who is pulled back into the superhero life by his high-school-aged daughter. The original comic debuted in 1977 and was notable for its black lead, though it never achieved mainstream success.

Greg Berlanti’s Black Lightning Superhero Show Coming to CW