Not content just just to have Supergirl, The Flash, Legends Of Tomorrow and Arrow on their network (with animated shows Vixen and now Constantine added to the roster on The CW Seed), The CW recently announced the creation of a fifth live-action superhero show; Black Lightning. So far a pilot has been ordered, but now new details have emerged about new series which will be the first DC superhero TV show to have an all-African-American core cast.
The pilot has been written by Mara and Salim Akil; Black Lightning, created by Tony Isabella with Trevor Von Eeden in the 1970s focuses on Jefferson Pierce, a former superhero years ago who has to reclaim his secret identity after his daughters find themselves going down the wrong path. As the title suggests, he has the powers to manipulate electricity.
That Hashtag Show has revealed the synopsis and character descriptions for Pierce and three other principal characters.
"Black Lightning centers on Jefferson Pierce. He made his choice: He hung up the suit and his secret identity years ago, but with a daughter hellbent on justice and a star student being recruited by a local gang, heíll be pulled back into the fight as the wanted vigilante and DC legend Black Lightning."
And here are the (as of yet uncast) roles...
"JEFFERSON PIERCE: Male, African-American, late 30s to 50. Handsome, fit, with an athletic build. Former 3-time gold medal decathlon winner who is now principal of a high school in South Central Los Angeles. A father figure to his student and hero to the local community. JEFFERSON is charming, charismatic, smart, and has both warmth and humor. He is devoted to his two daughters and remains deeply in love with his ex-wife LYNN. He also has a great passion for justice and a quick temper that he has spent years learning how to control. Think Idris Elba. LEAD.
"JENNIFER: Female. African-American, LEGAL 18 to play 16. JEFFERSONís younger daughter. JENNIFER is a scholar athlete; beautiful with a lean, athletic runnerís build. She is the entitled feminist of the Pierce family. Independent and outspoken with a wild streak. SERIES REGUALR, ASP.
"ANISSA: Female. African-American, to play 22. JEFFERSONís elder daughter. Beautiful, quick-witted and intelligent; intense and passionate. ANISSA has a great respect for her father. ANISA balances the demands of medical school with her duties as a part time teacher at JEFFERSONís school. SERIES REGULAR, ASP.
"LYNN: Female, African-American, mid 30s to 50. Exudes confidence and intelligence. Beautiful, but not to be trifled with. Can exhibit both great emotional depth as well as a flirtatious, mischievous side. SERIES REGULAR, ASP."
Unlike the line up, which air on different nights over in the US, (and as as double bills on Tuesdays and Thursdays on Sky 1 here in the UK), the plan, if Black Lightning goes to series, is the scatter the shows throughout the year, rather than schedule five separate nights of superhero programming.
More news on Black Lightning, including casting as we learn it. In the meantime, check out our reviews of the current DC superhero shows here in the site each week.