According to the series synopsis: 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, he’ll be pulled back into the fight as the wanted vigilante and DC legend Black Lightning.
Salim Akil, who will act as the executive producer, writer, and director of the series, had this to say about “Black Lightning”
“I knew way too much about the world as a young boy growing up in Richmond, California. I was no stranger to violence, death, hopelessness or the feeling that no one cared about what was happening in my life.“
“Comics were a great way for me to escape. I was about 13 when ‘Black Lightning’ was created, and finally there was a Black Super Hero that gave a damn about our neighborhood and our lives.”
“Resurrecting him at a time in our society when a sense of hope is lacking… ‘Black Lightning’ will be that hope,” he added. “And in updating the suit, it will signal to a new generation that it’s time to harness and release our power, and become our own superheroes.”
Although they share a producer in Greg Berlanti, Fox’s “Black Lightning will NOT be associated with or cross-over into the Arrow-verse shows currently airing on The CW
Berlanti spoke on Black Lightning, back in January, stating “if “Black Lightning” exists, he doubts the character will team up with any other heroes. “I don’t think so,” Berlanti said at the time. “If we’re lucky enough that that exists, that that show exists, I don’t think those worlds will cross over.”
It is worth mentioning that since January, the Pilot of “Black Lightning” has shifted from Fox to The CW; meaning that a cross-over could very well be in the horizon.
Berlanti will produce alongside Salim and Mara Brock Aki.