‘Black Lightning’: Showrunner Talks Arrowverse Crossover

Black Lightning Warner Bros. TV Comic-ConBlack Lightning will be the newest DC show on The CW when it debuts this upcoming season. With crossovers between superhero shows on the network becoming quite common, fans are wondering if we might see Black Lightning join up with the rest of the Arrowverse.

Speaking to ComicBook.com, showrunner Salim Akil first discussed whether or not Black Lightning is a part of the shared universe of DC characters on The CW. Check out his quote below:

“Right now, we’re not a part of that universe. Unfortunately, I think people know Black Lightning the name, but a lot of people don’t know the character. What I wanted to do is let people get to know who he is, who Jefferson is first, who his family is, who his girls are first.”

So at the moment, they are focused on trying to develop the character of Black Lightning and his story before branching out. It is true that the character does not have the same ubiquity as Supergirl or The Flash, so building up the narrative of this particular universe makes sense. Akil continued:

“I thought, if we start bringing in other characters, then we’re going to start focusing on that sort of superhero movement. You know, ‘We’re fighting villains of the week,’ and we’re not doing that. It’s a more character-driven show, we focus on the family.”

We can thus expect a different sort of inaugural season than we have seen previously in some of The CW shows, which early in their runs were to some degree built on fighting ‘the villains of the week’. This new take could prove refreshing as the show goes on.

However, the show might not remain secluded from the other CW heroes for long. When asked about the possibility of incorporating Black Lightning into the Arrowverse after the first season, Akil said the following:

“I think after everyone gets to know who they are, then anything’s possible.”

“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. Based on the characters from DC, BLACK LIGHTNING is from Berlanti Productions and Akil Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti (ArrowThe Flash), Salim Akil & Mara Brock Akil (Being Mary JaneThe GameGirlfriends), and Sarah Schechter (ArrowThe Flash). The Black Lightning character was created by Tony Isabella with Trevor Von Eeden.”

Black Lightning will premiere midseason 2018 on The CW.

Source: ComicBook.com

Heroes Who Should Get Their Own CW Arrowverse Shows


This past week marked the season finales for the core DC CW shows from the Arrowverse. Legends of Tomorrow ended a little bit earlier than Supergirl, The Flash, and Arrow did, but all of the finales were great. They each successfully concluded the seasons and helped set things in motion for their upcoming seasons of the show. Supergirl teased a potential new villain, while The Flash, Arrow, and Legends of Tomorrow left us off with cliffhangers that will hopefully be resolved early next year.

While each of the DC CW shows were good, this season of Arrow was great! We here at Heroic Hollywood even gave an argument that this season of Arrow was better than this season of The Flash, due to how great this season for Oliver and the other Star City vigilantes were this year. Not only did the show deliver a compelling storyline, great choreographed action, and probably one of the best villains the CW produced (Prometheus), it also marked the return of Slade Wilson/Deathstroke (arguably the second best villain of Arrow), who has been missing since season two. His return at the end of “Missing” made fans excited for his return. Recently actor Manu Bennett has been campaigning for a Deathstroke spin-off within the Arrowverse. The sometimes good, sometimes bad guy was a great presence earlier in Arrow and the character was one of the highlights of the past seasons. It would be interesting to see his backstory if possible, as well as what happens after he helped Oliver and Team Arrow on Lian Yu.

With that said, there are still plenty of characters who could get their own show within the DC universe. The DC CW universe started with Arrow and has quickly spun off into a wide range of shows, each able to stand on their own, each interconnected as well. Because of this, they have created their own coherent cinematic universe. The CW has been very successful with their DC shows as well. They have almost run out of days of the week to have their shows on, and with such a high volume of characters to work with, there’s a great deal of DC characters who could get their own spin-off shows. Next fall we will see Black Lightning (although it’s stated not to be a part of the Arrowverse… yet), so the sky’s the limit for what they can do. Here are a few ideas for spin-offs for the Arrowverse.

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