With ‘Black Lightning’ premiering on The CW next month, the question everyone has been asking, of course, is whether or not there will eventually be crossovers with the other superheroes shows on the network. The same thing occurred when ‘Supergirl’ premiered, and even though she started on CBS, she had the same producers as ‘Arrow’ and ‘The Flash,’ and it was only a matter of time before the multiverse idea was out there letting the showrunners have their cake and eat it too, allowing The Girl of Steel to crossover into the Arrowverse proper but still have her own adventures in her own world without having to worry about story details like “why isn’t she showing up to help the other heroes on their shows or why aren’t the other heroes jumping in to help her?” Now with ‘Black Lightning,‘ the question is arising about whether or not it too will take place in the multiverse.
When co-showrunner Salim Akil was asked whether he knew what version of Earth in the Arrowverse multiverse ‘Black Lightning’ would take place in, he smiled at the reporter and simply stated:
“You know it… You know it. Yes.”
While speaking to Comicbook.com on the potential for crossovers, star Cress Williams stated:
“It would be hard. The thing is, I don’t know, I don’t see the world where I would want to leave my community to help them, basically, we got our hands full. And I don’t know if they would, they have very macro ‘We gotta save the world’ issues coming to us. And then there’s also the logistical ‘We should go to Atlanta, and we should go to Vancouver.'”
Williams also spoke on the potential for other heroes on the show, especially since the source comics eventually expanded similarly:
“The thing that’s gonna be really, really interesting at some point is that there will be, we will on some level be like a super hero team down the line. So it will be like our own little very small version of The Outsiders.”
The producers and actors on ‘Black Lightning’ have stated repeatedly to the public that it would be some time before they would even consider a crossover, as the show needs to find its legs, and its storylines are a bit more down to earth than the “world saving” adventures you often find on say, ‘The Flash,’ and it would make sense for any new show to want to create its own identity before being thrown in the mix with FOUR other shows for cross-overs.
Still, the network and the producers know there is high fan demand for those crossovers, so I would not be surprised if it happened sooner rather than later. What are your thoughts on the matter? Feel free to share them in the comments below!