Far be it for The CW to pass on a fifth DC superhero drama. Having failed to strike at FOX, Black Lightning is officially joining its costumed compatriots at The CW with a series order.

Along with renewals for iZombie and Vampire Diaries spinoff The Originals, The CW confirms that Black Lightning will take part in their schedule next year. Previously, the series was rumored for a midseason bow (having only filmed a pilot presentation), but we’ll find out for sure in the next week.

Featuring Hart of Dixie alum Cress Wiliams in the title role, and produced by Greg Berlanti, The Game and Being Mary Jane creators Mara Brock Akil and husband Salim, Black Lightning’s synopsis 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.

In addition to Christine Adams as Jefferson’s ex-wife, Lynn, Black Lightning will see Twin Peaks star Nafessa Williams take the role of Jefferson’s older daughter Anissa Pierce, described as a twenty-something woman who balances the demands of medical school with teaching part-time at her father’s school. China Anne McClain portrays Jennifer Pierce, described as “independent, outspoken scholar-athlete with a wild streak of her own,” while both later take on the comic identities of Thunder and Lightning.

It remains unclear if the series will take part in the same multi-verse as the other CW-DC dramas, but stay tuned for more on the official Black Lightning pickup.

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