When last we heard about The CW’s Black Lightning, it sounded like we’d have to wait a while for any potential Arrowverse crossovers. That still seems true, but that doesn’t mean Black Lightning will be the only hero showing up on the series.
In an interview with International Business Times, co-showrunner Salim Aki opened up about the approach they’re taking with The CW’s latest DC series and how it’ll stand apart from the rest of the line-up. The biggest reveal? That they could potentially introduce the character of Virgil Hawkins/Static Shock, perhaps with a dynamic not unlike Wally West’s Kid Flash in The Flash. Aki also said there could potentially be Arrowverse crossovers, though they don’t want to meld those worlds too quickly.
Here’s an excerpt from Aki’s comments:
“I love the idea of Static Shock, and in success, hopefully, we’ll be able to pull other characters in that way. So I’m holding out hope because I love that character … The storytelling is a little bit more political. It’s topical, and it’s a little grittier. It doesn’t mean that down the road there won’t be visits.”
As for the format of the series, Aki said they’ll be staying away from the villain-of-the-week style that most superhero shows employ. Instead, Black Lighting will be more serialized, and Aki said they’ll be telling the stories of the villains as well. Think more Daredevil, less Smallville. The show will also tackle the politics of having a black superhero out protecting the streets:
“There’s certainly not going to be a villain of the week. I don’t want to do that. We really want to explore the characters, even the villains. I think one of the most interesting characters right now from a storytelling standpoint is Tobias. Because we’re not having him sort of twist his mustache. His hatred for himself and for others comes from a real place, so we want to know why he’s like that…
When we talk about social justice, I don’t only want to talk about police brutality, which is a hot topic. It should be talked about, and this may be somewhat controversial for me to say, if we stop killing each other, you know what I mean? I think that issue right now is way more important to me personally, to stop young black people from killing young black people. Stop young people in general from killing each other.”
Black Lightning premieres at the midseason on The CW.