DC Comics: ‘Black Lightning’ Pilot Episode, Real Name, Two Daughters And More About The First Black Superhero

DC Comics: ‘Black Lightning’ Pilot Episode, Real Name, Two Daughters And More About The First Black Superhero
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In an age where superheroes have become all the rave, another one could be in the works if a network decides to pick it up. This is with reference to “Black Lightning,” a character that only comic book and avid animated series fans will likely remember.


The pilot episode for the first black DC Comics superhero will reportedly be written by Mara Brock Akil and co-produced by Berlanti Productions at Warner Bros. television. Right now, word about “Black Lightning” is still fresh, but it is expected to be linked to existing shows under the CW banner.

Greg Berlanti is the same guy behind “Arrow,” “Flash,” “Legends of Tomorrow” and “Supergirl,” all under CW set to kick off this Fall.

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Brief Black Lightning Backgrounder

For those who need some background, Black Lightning is also known as Jefferson Pierce, who inherited his powers originally from a belt but eventually ended up getting metahuman lightning-related abilities.

Per storylines, Pierce had hung up his suit until his daughter became involved in the fight for justice. This eventually forced him to don his costume once more, the Hollywood Reporter reported.

Pierce has two daughters, Anissa (Thunder) and Jennifer (Lightning) who eventually mader her way to the Justice Society of America (JSA).

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DC’s Dish Against Luke Cage?

As everyone has probably heard, Marvel will have its own black superhero in Luke Cage on Netflix. It shouldn’t be surprising to see that DC may be pitting its own to rival Cage though the eventual winners here are the viewers.

Aside from the history, comic fans may remember Black Lightning as someone from the Justice League. He has appeared occasionally, both in the 80s and in the last Justice League Unlimited series.

But like Cage, it will be interesting how the writers and producers can dig up on this not-so-popular character though a network needs to pick him up first.

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