Black Lightning not part of the Arrow-verse, midseason premiere confirmed

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May 18, 2017

The CW is preparing its fifth superhero series, but Black Lightning will apparently not be crossing over with Flash and Arrow. Oh, and it won’t arrive until midseason, either. 

The CW President Mark Pedowitz said the network does “not intend” to do a five-show crossover with Arrow, Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl (which is set in an alternate universe but crosses over occasionally thanks to the multiverse). He then made it more clear, saying that “at this point” Black Lightning is “not part” of the Arrow-verse. Now, does that mean they won’t be crossing over with the events of Flash and Arrow? Or that Black Lightning is literally set in a different universe altogether, a la Supergirl?

We don’t know. But, for my money, I’d wager Black Lightning is probably set on Earth-1 alongside Flash, Legends and Arrow — we just won’t see any crossover or connections in Season 1. Especially since Black Lightning is not on the fall schedule, meaning it won’t debut until midseason or later (with 2018 looking like a distinct possibility). It might take a while, but if Black Lightning is a hit, do you seriously think The CW will leave the money from a five-show crossover on the table indefinitely? Not a chance.

The network has also released an extended synopsis:

Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams) is a man wrestling with a secret. As the father of two daughters and principal of a charter high school that also serves as a safe haven for young people in a New Orleans neighborhood overrun by gang violence, he is a hero to his community. Nine years ago, Pierce was a hero of a different sort. Gifted with the superhuman power to harness and control electricity, he used those powers to keep his hometown streets safe as the masked vigilante Black Lightning. However, after too many nights with his life on the line, and seeing the effects of the damage and loss that his alter ego was inflicting on his family, he left his Super Hero days behind and settled into being a principal and a dad.

Choosing to help his city without using his superpowers, he watched his daughters Anissa (Nafessa Williams) and Jennifer (China Anne McClain) grow into strong young women, even though his marriage to their mother, Lynn (Christine Adams), suffered. Almost a decade later, Pierce’s crime-fighting days are long behind him…or so he thought. But with crime and corruption spreading like wildfire, and those he cares about in the crosshairs of the menacing local gang The One Hundred, Black Lightning returns — to save not only his family, but also the soul of his community.

Do you think there’s room for Black Lightning in The CW’s superhero line-up? What’s your take on the lack of crossover in Season 1?

(Via Entertainment Weekly)

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