Mara Brock Akil & Salim Akil Executive Producing Comic Drama ‘Black Lightning’ At CW
By, Jen Nicole
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Just when we were happy to have the Netflix Marvel drama “Luke Cage,” news emerges of another Black superhero DC comic drama being greenlit! Woot Woot!
From executive producers Greg Berlanti, The Game’s Mara Brock Akil and her husband/producing partner, Salim Akil, the DC Comics drama Black Lightning, will be airing on the CW with a formal pilot order, according to The Hollywood Reporter. It was originally set to air on Fox in September following a multiple-network bidding war.
“Black Lightning was one of DC Comics’ first major African-American superheroes when it debuted in 1977 from creators Tony Isabella and Trevor Von Eeden. Should the drama move to series, it would be one of the first broadcast shows to feature an African-American superhero as its lead, joining Netflix Marvel drama Luke Cage.”- eurweb.com
Executive Producers, Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil
The hourlong drama will center on Jefferson Pierce, who hung up his suit and his secret identity years ago. But with a daughter hell-bent on justice and a star student being recruited by a local gang, he is pulled back into the fight as the wanted vigilante and DC legend Black Lightning.
“Black Lightning” marks the first pilot pickup to come from the Akils’ overall deal with Warner Bros. Television. Funny how now the show has been moved from Fox to the CW being that was the original home of the Akil’s hit show The Game, which the CW canceled due to ratings, but later BET picked up. Hopefully the fate of this show turns out differently, as we know what happened to The Game after it got picked up by BET. SMH
The Akil’s will write the script and executive produce the drama alongside Berlanti and his Berlanti Productions topper Sarah Schechter.
Can’t wait to watch Black Lightning! How about you?