5:45 pm EDT, September 8, 2016

Fox orders pilot for Greg Berlanti’s ‘Black Lightning’

Superhero show producer extraordinaire Greg Berlanti is producing yet another comic book series, Black Lightning, though this one has landed at Fox.

Along with Sarah Schechter, who works with Berlanti on the CW superhero series, Berlanti will executive produce the series, which has landed a pilot commitment at Fox, Variety reports.

Salim and Mara Brock Akil, a married writing duo who have also written for The Game and Being Mary Jane, will write the pilot as well as co-executive produce.

The synopsis for Black Lightning reads:

Jefferson Pierce has made his choice. He hung up the 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’ll be pulled back into the fight as the wanted vigilante and DC legend: Black Lightning. The show is based on the DC character created by Tony Isabella with Trevor Von Eeden.

In the DC Comics, Jefferson Pierce grew up in the Suicide Slum in Metropolis. As a child, he displayed metahuman powers of manifesting electrical energy but learned how to suppress them.

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Meanwhile, he studied and trained hard, and at age 22, in his second Olympics, Jefferson won a gold medal in the Decathlon. After earning degrees in English and teaching, he returned to Metropolis to teach.

With the Suicide Slum being ripped apart by organized crime, Jefferson decided to use his metahuman powers to help. After the death of one of his students, Jefferson adopted the alter ego of Black Lightning, becoming one of the few African American superheroes.

Jefferson also has two daughters, Anissa and Jennifer, both of whom became superheroes as well: Thunder and Lightning respectively.

If the Black Lightning pilot is ordered, it would join fellow comic book series Gotham and Lucifer on Fox. The network has also ordered a pilot for an X-Men series.

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