Superhero Buzz: 'Runaways' Casting, 'Black Lightning' Update

Superhero Buzz: 'Runaways' Casting, 'Black Lightning' Update

Feb 03, 2017

Casual / Project Almanac

To paraphrase George A. Romero, when there's no more room on the big screen, comic book characters will dominate television. We've certainly seen an explosion of TV shows based on comic books in recent years and there's no sign that the trend is slowing down.

Case in point: Marvel's Runaways. Earlier this week, our own John Gholson described the comic book source material as telling "the story of super-powered teenagers who discover their parents are part of a secret cabal of super-villains and are forced to go on the run. It’s a tidy, high-concept pitch for a series, and we can totally see how the comics hit would work for TV."

Marvel has just announced the cast: Rhenzy Feliz (Casual) as Alex Wilder, Lyrica Okano as Nico Minoru, Virginia Gardner (Project Almanac) as Karolina Dean, Ariela Barer as Gert Yorkes, Gregg Sulkin as Chase Stein and Allegra Acosta as Molly Hernandez. Feliz displayed a lot of low-key charm in a key supporting role on the Hulu series Casual this year (above left) and Gardner stood out among the time-travel shenanigans in Project Almanac (above right) a couple of years ago.

From their credits, it sounds like Marvel's Runaways will give all the leading players a chance to shine. The series will debut on the Hulu streaming service, though no premiere date has been announced yet.

Greg Berlanti

Back in September, we heard that Greg Berlanti (above) was partnering with Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil to pitch a television series based on DC's comic book hero Black Lightning. The African-American character, also known as Jefferson Pierce, wields his command of lightning-related superpowers to defend his neighborhood from criminals.

Fox snapped it up within a week and it looked like Black Lightning might be joining the network's other series drawn from DC comic books, Gotham and Lucifer, which make good companions on Monday night. But Fox eventually decided Black Lightning wouldn't fit well with any of its other dramatic shows during the week, leaving it to find a new home.

Now Black Lightning is "likely to land" at The CW broadcast network, according to Deadline. That's where Berlanti is already shepherding four good DC superhero shows, each with its own unique identity and focus: Supergirl, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and Arrow. The deal is not yet set but if things move forward, Black Lightning already has a ready-made supporting cast in the character's two strong daughters.

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