Following Supergirl‘s move from CBS to The CW, the network had four superhero TV series on the air. The others were, of course, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and Arrow, but a fifth was added earlier this year in the form of Black Lightning. While that’s certainly exciting, those of you hoping that the titular hero will be seen standing side by side with characters from those other shows are going to be seriously disappointed.
That’s because he’s not part of the Arrowverse, nor will he be included in any future crossover event. That also means we can probably rule out seeing Black Lightning make a cameo appearance in one of the other CW DC shows. Or at least, that’s what we’d been told. With each passing week, though, it seems we get more and more evidence that he does indeed exist in the same continuity as the rest of the network’s superhero series – be it via name-drops, cute references or subtle hints.
At this point, we’re pretty confident that we will eventually see some sort of crossover and Arrow star Stephen Amell agrees with that, too. Talking at Awesome Con this past weekend, here’s what he said:
“Everyone pretends like we’re not going to eventually cross over with Black Lightning but we’re probably gonna cross over with Black Lightning because that’s just the way that the world works.
Continuing on, he also noted that he actually just met Cress Williams, who plays Black Lightning, the other day.
“I met Cress properly, I think, for the first time yesterday. I think maybe we had met incidentally at upfronts or something like that and I was a big fan of his from 90210 when he kind of dated Donna — it’s a true story.”
As for when the two shows will crossover, it obviously won’t be this year, and that’s probably for the best. After all, Black Lightning needs to prove that it can stand on its own two feet first – which it’s certainly doing. After that, then the producers can start looking at ways of integrating it into the wider Arrowverse.
Until that point, though, feel free to hit the comments section and let us know what you’d like to see from a potential crossover between Black Lightning and Arrow.