We have news that DC’s Black Lightning and the former son of the Greek god of lightning are joining the CW DCU…
According to Entertainment Weekly, Greg Berlanti’s superhero project Black Lightning has found a new home.
The CW has given a pilot order for the drama, which hails from the prolific superhero producer (Arrow, The Flash, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl) as well as The Game and Being Mary Jane creator Mara Brock Akil and her husband Salim Akil.
Black Lightning, created by Tony Isabella with Trevor Von Eeden in 1977, is one of DC Comics’ first major African-American superheroes.
The logline for the project reads, “Jefferson Pierce 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 Akils will write and executive-produce the Warner Bros. TV project, which was initially picked up with a pilot production commitment at Fox, alongside Berlanti and Sarah Schechter.
Entertainment Weekly also reported that Supergirl has added another familiar genre face: Kevin Sorbo has landed a recurring role on The CW super series, EW has learned.
The Hercules alum will play a mysterious new villain, though further details are being kept under wraps.
“Since his days as Hercules, Kevin Sorbo has brought such a strong presence to the screen and we couldn’t be more excited to have him join us on Supergirl,” executive producer Andrew Kreisberg says.
Sorbo’s casting comes days after it was announced that Lois & Clark alum Teri Hatcher has booked a multi-episode arc as the new Big Bad of season 2. It will be interesting to see if their characters interact. One fan theory is that they play Mon-El’s parents.