Black Lightning is Not Part of The CW’s Arrowverse

Given the talent involved in the series and the network it calls home, many assumed the upcoming Black Lightning series was already a part of the The CW’s “Arroverse” (including Arrow, The Flash, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl). Speaking ahead of the network’s upfront presentation, however, CW president Mark Pedowitz confirmed (via EW) that Black Lightning, which will premiere midseason, is not a part of the extended network of superheroes.

“We do not aim to do a five-way crossover. Black Lightning, at this time, is not part of the Arrowverse. It is a separate situation. But there will be a big fourth quarter crossover with all four of the shows that are on in the fall.”

He went on to talk about the series itself, saying:

“We’re going to have something very unique in Black Lightning. But (superhero shows will) last as long as people want to watch it. It’s lasted my whole lifetime, so it’ll keep going.”

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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 Comics, 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.