At long last, ‘Black Lightning’ is joining the Arrowverse. The series was originally developed for FOX, but after that network passed, The CW picked it up, but because the show was developed separately, it was not integrated into its existing Arrowverse with ‘Arrow’, ‘The Flash’, ‘Legends of Tomorrow’, and ‘Supergirl’. Perhaps because of this lack of connection, ‘Black Lightning’s ratings have diminished after a strong start. Hopefully, by establishing that this show does exist in the same universe it will give it a boost.
That revelation will come in the highly-anticipated crossover event “Crisis on Infinite Earths” which begins in December. Black Lightning/Jefferson Pierce himself, Cress Williams shared this short video on Instagram, showing him behind the controls of the Legends of Tomorrow’s time ship The Waverider.
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While Williams will appear in “Crisis on Infinite Earths,” ‘Black Lightning’ will not be dedicating an entire episode to the crossover. So far, it looks like only Williams will appear, but there may be appearances by some of his castmates. At the very least, we know he will interact with the Legends, as well as Brandon Routh’s Superman from ‘Kingdom Come’ and The Flash, Grant Gustin, who are seen in the background of Williams’ video.
Williams only used the hashtags for ‘The Flash’ and ‘Legends of Tomorrow’, so his appearances may be limited to those shows. Or, it’s also possible that he just hashtagged those because this post only pertained to them. ‘Arrow’, ‘Supergirl’, and the new ‘Batwoman’ are also part of the crossover event.
We’ll have to wait and see if “Crisis” has any lasting impact on ‘Black Lightning’, but hopefully that show will permanently be connected to the other superhero shows on The CW, allowing for future interactions between the characters.
“Crisis on Infinite Earths” kicks off on the Sunday, Dec. 8th episode of ‘Supergirl’ at 8 pm EST (special time), and continues on Monday, Dec. 9th on ‘Batwoman’ (special night), and Tuesday, Dec. 10 on ‘The Flash’. It will conclude on ‘Arrow’ on Tuesday, Jan. 14 at 8pm (special time), and ‘Legends of Tomorrow’ on Tuesday, Jan. 14 at 9 pm (special episode).