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Why Black Lightning Isn't Surprised About His Crisis on Infinite Earths Role

Though Black Lightning has been separate from the Arrowverse since its series premiere, star Cress Williams is not surprised that his character will appear in the "Crisis on Infinite Earths" crossover event.

“I was excited [when it was announced], but not, I’d say, surprised because the fans have been wanting this since they announced that we were a show," he told Entertainment Weekly. "They were already like, ‘Are you going to be in the crossover? When are you gonna be in the crossover?’ They always wanted it from day one.”

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"The unofficial rumblings behind the scenes had been just growing. It got to the point, especially after Comic-Con, that I would’ve been more shocked if [they said], “No, this is never going to happen,” he recalled.

Even though the series is separate from The CW's other DCTV shows, Williams has been looking forward to interacting with the Arrowverse's stars. “We feel isolated a bit being in Atlanta, but I socialize with a lot of the other shows when we’re doing press together. They all are really cool people, so I’m excited to play with them,” he says. “I feel like being Black Lightning and Stephen Amell’s Arrow character, they have that kind of vigilante quality that’s similar and a grittiness that’s similar. That will be a lot of fun... I really look forward to playing with all of them and acting alongside all of them, and swapping stories with all of them.”

Returning Monday, October 7 at 9 pm ET/PT 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.

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