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Offline Shogunn2517

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Black Lightning series developing...
« on: September 01, 2016, 06:58:05 PM »
http://deadline.com/2016/09/black-lightning-dc-superhero-series-greg-berlanti-mara-brock-akil-salim-akil-1201811892/

This is interesting in a few ways.

First of all Black Lightning is ripe full of material that would make compelling television IMO.  Secondly, you have Greg Berlanti collaborating with Brock/Salim.  Someone who has a platform of success on with Time Warner and CBS and a pair that is successful with Viacom properties.  Now, I don't want or suggest to pigeon hole a black superhero with the "black network" BET, but from a business sense, not only could it increase BET's viewership but it would be a WELCOMED departure from its typical programmming.  I mean a superhero action drama is worlds apart from set comedy-dramas like Girlfriends or The Game.  But in doing so, being in the shared universe Arrow/Flash/Supergirl/Legends would be that much more unlikely.  Again, this is assuming a BET pitch would be the path of least resistance.  But then again, their prior shows did debut on WB/CW before they were moved to BET.  So they DO have a relationship. 

Overall, Black Lightning is a interesting character.  Can bring an "urban" twist to a superhero show we don't often see, but still be about the heroes we want to see.  I hope they can find a home and develop a show.

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Re: Black Lightning series developing...
« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2016, 08:18:49 PM »
Cool.  I really like the character, and I agree, he could easily make for a great TV show.  I don't know these folks or their work, and at this point I'm very hesitant about any superhero show not on Netflix...nonetheless, I'm cautiously interested.  The pitch focusing on him having retired and having a daughter doesn't sound as interesting as seeing him start out, but I'm willing to be convinced.
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Re: Black Lightning series developing...
« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2016, 02:46:28 AM »
Cool.  I really like the character, and I agree, he could easily make for a great TV show.  I don't know these folks or their work, and at this point I'm very hesitant about any superhero show not on Netflix...nonetheless, I'm cautiously interested.  The pitch focusing on him having retired and having a daughter doesn't sound as interesting as seeing him start out, but I'm willing to be convinced.

True.  I agree.  But as far as their work goes, I'm not a oft viewer but they're typical CW like sitcoms.  Being Mary Jane is their newest and it's more drama soap opera ish, but it's received some critical acclaim, but they're niche shows.  Don't really see a superhero show(or action series) in their wheelhouse, but Berlanti is likely handling the heavy lifting.  Ali and Brock might be there to have it speak to a particular auduence.  My guess at least.

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Re: Black Lightning series developing...
« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2016, 05:33:29 AM »
doubt it's gonna be on the CW since they already said they have enough Superhero Shows.

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Re: Black Lightning series developing...
« Reply #4 on: March 30, 2017, 05:40:36 PM »
A bit of news have released.  Some time ago, Greg Berlanti stated that the series, which is currently filming won't be a part of the Arrowverse.  IMO, that would have been kinda silly.  But since, Fox has passed on the series and it's been picked up by the CW.  However, unlike the other CW originated series this is not a spinoff.  So I guess that's still up in the air.

What isn't is Cress Williams in costume:
http://www.ign.com/articles/2017/03/29/first-look-at-black-lightning-from-the-cws-new-dc-comics-pilot

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Re: Black Lightning series developing...
« Reply #5 on: March 30, 2017, 05:47:11 PM »
...it's been picked up by the CW.
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Re: Black Lightning series developing...
« Reply #6 on: March 30, 2017, 06:06:39 PM »
Well...it's not terrible.  What do y'all think?  I have to say, I really don't like the mask.  It looks goofy.
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Re: Black Lightning series developing...
« Reply #7 on: March 30, 2017, 06:40:59 PM »
Initially, I didn't like the circuit pattern in the costume thinking it makes it kinda busy, then I thought it would be cool if energy moved through them when he uses his powers.

I guess what I'm saying is I want to see this more in context before I render a final verdict.  Initial impression though is not too bad but a bit on the busy side.
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Re: Black Lightning series developing...
« Reply #8 on: March 30, 2017, 07:16:51 PM »
Well...it's not terrible.  What do y'all think?  I have to say, I really don't like the mask.  It looks goofy.

I wouldn't say goofy.... (okay, maybe a little).  But honestly, I would imagine it being more tinted...  maybe a yellow or a dark tint.  I mean since he is flashing a bunch of lightning, it'd make sense.

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Re: Black Lightning series developing...
« Reply #9 on: May 19, 2017, 01:30:23 AM »
Okay, so the trailer has been released:
http://majorspoilers.com/2017/05/18/television-black-lightning-first-look-trailer-arrives/

Initial thoughts: The costume he used in the flashback is basically comics accurate and looks about 1000 times better than the 'modern' one.  Why in the world didn't they go with that?  It looks like an actual costume, while the modern one looks like fairly decent cosplay.  The mask looks WAY goofier in action.  Wow.  Just...wow.  Also, someone explain to me how the ending scene with the levitating punk is even remotely possible from BL's powerset. 

On the plus side, the CW vibe isn't too strong, and I like the basic concept.  As I've said before, though, I'd rather they start at the beginning.  I like this character, and I'm prepared to give this show a shot, despite its origins.
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Re: Black Lightning series developing...
« Reply #10 on: May 19, 2017, 02:51:19 AM »
I'm actually kinda glad they aren't starting with an origin arc as there have been TONS of those lately.  We're dealing with an established (albeit retired) hero, which is a nice change.

And if you want origin stories, I am willing to bed you're going to get one with his daughters.  :)
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Re: Black Lightning series developing...
« Reply #11 on: May 19, 2017, 03:42:25 AM »
O_o

GG just said she's "willing to bed". My, my GG, it seems some of my "charm" is rubbing off on you. ;-)

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Re: Black Lightning series developing...
« Reply #12 on: May 19, 2017, 05:49:53 PM »
I actually see both your points about an origin story.  I think there's more story to go with in an origin and yet we've had plenty of those.

That said, I'm not as sour on the costume.  Yeah the original one was more accurate, but practically speaking, the dude did have bullet holes in him wearing that thing.  The new one seems more sturdier.  Bulkier, but more resistant to realistic combat.  Yeah, it'll get some getting use to but I think it'll work.

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Re: Black Lightning series developing...
« Reply #13 on: May 19, 2017, 06:36:37 PM »
O_o

GG just said she's "willing to bed". My, my GG, it seems some of my "charm" is rubbing off on you. ;-)
Oh hush.

Anyhoo...

My biggest problem with the new costume is the glowing lapels.  I don't mind the mask or the bulk too much, and IIRC, the closeups have a circuitry pattern worked into the suit which I now know trace glowing energy. But the glowing lapels just look off to me. 

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Re: Black Lightning series developing...
« Reply #14 on: May 19, 2017, 06:38:13 PM »
O_o

GG just said she's "willing to bed". My, my GG, it seems some of my "charm" is rubbing off on you. ;-)
Oh hush.

Anyhoo...

My biggest problem with the new costume is the glowing lapels.  I don't mind the mask or the bulk too much, and IIRC, the closeups have a circuitry pattern worked into the suit which I now know trace glowing energy. But the glowing lapels just look off to me.

Oh yeah, GG, order me around... :P

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Re: Black Lightning series developing...
« Reply #15 on: May 21, 2017, 12:04:58 AM »
Haha, now look what you've done, GG!

Well, that costume just looks like the ugly, overdesigned faux-armor things that are literally everywhere with TV superheroes.  It just looks ugly and badly made.  Yes, practically speaking, there's obvious advantages to armor if you're a non-bulletproof superhero, but realism really isn't that high on my list of concerns for such shows.  If you're going to go with armor, at least make it look better than that! 

Yeah, we've had plenty of origin stories, but none like his!  That's part of the reason I wish we could see it.  He's such a great character, and I'd like to see them tell his whole story.
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Re: Black Lightning series developing...
« Reply #16 on: May 23, 2017, 04:26:34 AM »
Welll, if you want to put it that way Benton, a black dude going around shoving lightning bolts up people's ashes, if you're going that route then why not give him spandex? Lol

I still think ultimately it'll grow on us.  Especially if the story is well done.

I guess we'll see.

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« Reply #17 on: May 23, 2017, 03:21:07 PM »
Haha, right? 

Yeah, it's not enough to make me write the show off or anything, but it's just a shame that they MADE a better costume and aren't going to use it.
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Re: Black Lightning series developing...
« Reply #18 on: June 08, 2017, 04:42:45 AM »
I'm curious to see which characters DC incorporates into the "Black Lightning"-verse, since this will be separate to "Supergirl" and "Green Arrow"/"The Flash"/"Legends..." universe.

It's also interesting to see The CW superhero series continue to expand its use of older actors playing superheroes ... they've come a long way since they cast a hunky young dude as Wildcat on "Arrow".

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« Reply #19 on: July 10, 2017, 02:33:30 AM »
This is really awesome.  Black Lightning's creator, Tony Isabella, has had a rather famously rocky relationship with DC, especially over creator's rights.  Yet, he recently wrote on his blog about being flown out to meet with the folks working on this show, and seeing a creator get treated so well after all the ugliness of the preceding years is really wonderful.  Check out his account:
http://tonyisabella.blogspot.com/2017/07/los-angeles-confidential.html
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