Black Lightning: Cress Williams Explains How He Leaked Crisis Announcement

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With news and announcements regarding The CW's "Crisis on Infinite Earths" popping up nearly every week, Black Lightning star Cress Williams added fuel to the marketing fire in August by confirming the Freeland street-level hero would participate in the crossover event. However, according to Williams, he mistakenly leaked the news before an official announcement could be made.

"Our producer and the creator of our show called me earlier in the week and told me, 'So this is happening, and don't say anything. They're going to announce it,'" Williams told DCComics.com. "I feel like he said they would announce it in a couple of days, and that was maybe a Tuesday or Wednesday. Then the weekend came and I saw this article, and so I just assumed that they announced it and that the article was official, and I tweeted it out immediately. Probably within 15 minutes I got a phone call and they're like, 'Well, who told you to do that?' And I said, 'Well, it was an article.' And they said, 'Maybe you should take it down.'"

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Williams tried to rectify the mistake by taking down the social media post, but was told to go ahead and keep it up instead.

"So, I started to take it down and then like two minutes later I got another phone call," he added. "'Uh no, instead on second thought, don't take it down.' I said, 'I already took it down, so I'll put it back up again.' It's interesting trying to keep secrets."

First premiering in 2018, Black Lightning is based on the DC Comics character of the same name. The show is currently in its third season, though it's remained separate from the Arrowverse thus far, with the show not actually being part of the shared DC TV Universe. It's unclear how Black Lightning's involvement with "Crisis on Infinite Earths" means for the show and its connection to other heroes going forward.

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Airing Mondays at 9 pm ET on The CW, Black Lightning stars Cress Williams as Jefferson Pierce/Black Lightning, China Anne McClain as Jennifer Pierce, Nafessa Williams as Anissa Pierce/Thunder, Christine Adams as Lynn Stewart, Marvin "Krondon" Jones III as Tobias Whale, Damon Gupton as Billy Henderson and James Remar as Peter Gambi.

"Crisis on Infinite Earths" begins Sunday, Dec. 8 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Supergirl, then continues in Batwoman on Monday, Dec. 9 at 8 p.m. ET/PT and in The Flash on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. After the winter hiatus, the crossover will conclude on Tuesday, Jan. 14 in Arrow at 8 p.m. ET/PT and in DC's Legends of Tomorrow at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

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