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Fox Scores ‘Black Lightning’ Pilot Order

Fox just announced that they’ve scooped up the Black Lightning pilot, which will be executive produced by the superhero geniuses Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter and will be written by Salim and Mara Brock Akil.

Who’s Black Lightning, you ask? His real name is Jefferson Pierce, and he’s a decorated Olympic athlete. He and his ex-wife have a daughter, named Anissa (who no one knows exists,btw). What hasn’t Jefferson mentioned? That his daughter is a metahuman, who can alter the weight and density of her body. He becomes Black Lightning to ensure that she doesn’t have to rely on her powers and can live a normal, human life. He returns to his hometown of Suicide Slum, a decrepit part of Metropolis (called so because the only way to leave the slums is to commit suicide… well, at least until Jefferson defied the odds). He acquires a force-field belt that also handily creates FREAKING LIGHTNING BOLTS (which he eventually internalized). That’s one mighty crotch…

I’m super excited to see this lesser-known hero grace our screens, and hope he gets the limelight he deserves. Greg Berlanti and Sarach Schechter are brilliant, and are the masterminds behind Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl. I have complete faith that this will be an incredible pilot, and hope that a series order will happen.

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