Earlier today, The CW president Mark Pedowitz broke the news at the CW Upfront that the new DC series Black Lightning is, for now, not going to be part of the Arrowverse. However, we have seen in cases like Supergirl when it was on CBS that at first, the universes were kept separated until the Girl of Steel had her first crossover with The Flash from Earth-1.
Comicbook.com chatted with Jefferson Pierce himself, Cress Williams, at the Upfront today as they discussed the upcoming series. Williams was asked if he would want to see a crossover with the Arrowverse at some point and it seems that the actor is definitely up for it. He also talked about how Jefferson and his two daughters Anissa (China Anne McClain) and Jennifer (Nafessa Williams) will eventually become a superhero team of their own.
“I think it would be interesting down the line. Eventually we’re going to have probably three superheroes on our show with me and the daughters. Once we become some kind of team, it would be great to go as a team onto another show. It’s going to be fun developing that, because with every good thing, there’s going to be a lot of wrinkles.”
“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 (“Arrow,” “The Flash”), Salim Akil & Mara Brock Akil (“Being Mary Jane,” “The Game,” “Girlfriends”), and Sarah Schechter (“Arrow,” “The Flash”). The Black Lightning character was created by Tony Isabella with Trevor Von Eeden.”
Salim Akil, Mara Brock Akil & Greg Berlanti’s Black Lightning, starring Cress Williams (Hart of Dixie, Friday Night Lights) as Jefferson Pierce/Black Lightning, Nafessa Williams (Code Black) as Jennifer Pierce, China Anne McClain (House of Payne) as Anissa Pierce and Christine Adams (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) as Lynn Pierce, will premiere mid-season on The CW.