Last night’s episode of Black Lightning name-dropped two major Arrowverse characters, giving us further hints that The CW’s newbie superhero series may indeed take place in the same universe/multiverse.
Following last week’s reveal that Jennifer had also inherited superpowers, this week’s episode titled “The Book of Little Black Lies” saw Anissa come clean to her younger sister that she was actually Thunder (by lifting the bed Jennifer was laying on) and that their dad was Black Lightning.
This understandably freaked out the younger Pierce family member who quickly ran downstairs to her dad who basically confirmed that what Anissa said was true. Realizing she’d been lied to her whole life, Jennifer runs back up the stairs and locks herself in her room. Mom Lynn comes to the rescue to have a heart-to-heart with her daughter, where she literally mentions Vixen and Supergirl.
“I know exactly what you’re going through,” said Lynn to Jennifer who retorted: “Not unless you came in here to tell me you’re Vixen. You didn’t, right?” To which Lynn jokingly replied: “Busted. I’m kidding. No, I’m not Vixen or Supergirl, just Mom.”
The mention of both Supergirl and Vixen makes things a bit complicated. Why? Vixen lives on Earth-1 where The Flash, Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow take place (technically, there are two Vixens running around: Mari McCabe and her grandmother, Amaya Jiwe).
As for Supergirl, this one lives on Earth-38 but she did show up on Earth-1 during the Invasion! (where she played a huge part in taking down the Dominators) and Crisis on Earth-X crossover events. So it’s highly possible the Black Lightning characters are aware of Kara Danvers from her time on Earth-1. Then there’s also the possibility that Black Lightning actually takes place on Earth-38 and not Earth-1, and that they also have their own Vixen.
Despite the fact that showrunner Salim Akil has mentioned several times that Black Lightning was doing its own thing apart from the Arrowverse, it’s clear the people of Freeland are aware of both Supergirl and Vixen. It was also previously established in the pilot episode that Jefferson Pierce wasn’t the only vigilante out there. “Why is [Black Lightning] a vigilante, but other communities have folks with superpowers and all of a sudden they’re heroes?” asked real-life TV presenter Roland Martin in a guest-starring stint.
Best guess? It's looking more likely that Black Lightning may take place within the Arrowverse, though that doesn't mean it'll ever explicitly crossover with any of the bigger heores we know and love.
What do you think name-dropping Supergirl and Vixen means for Black Lightning?