If you were hoping to see Black Lightning fighting alongside The Flash, Green Arrow, Supergirl and the Legends of Tomorrow against the next big global threat, you're going to be disappointed.
That's because The CW's newest superhero drama isn't part of the Arrowverse, at least for the time being.
“We do not aim to do a five-way crossover,” The CW President Mark Pedowitz told reporters this morning, ahead of the network's upfront presentation. “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.”
Entertainment Weekly notes that it isn't only a universe that separates Black Lightning from the Arrowverse shows but also about 2,700 actual miles: Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl and DC's Legends of Tomorrow are produced in Vancouver, while Black Lightning shoots in Atlanta, making the logistics of a crossover that much more complicated.
However, Pedowitz's confirmation of a follow-up this fall to last year's "Invasion!" event should provide some consolation to viewers. Andrew Kreisberg, who's an executive producer on each of those four dramas, said in February that the hope is for "a true four-way crossover," with Supergirl more fully integrated into the event, rather than merely tacking a brief epilogue on to its midseason finale.
"Invasion!" drove all four drama to ratings highs, and delivered Legends of Tomorrow its largest audience to date.
Premiering as part of The CW's midseason lineup, Black Lightning stars Cress Williams as Jefferson Pierce, China Anne McClain as Jennifer Pierce, Christine Adams as Lynn and Nafessa Williams as Anissa Pierce.