BLACK LIGHTNING Won't Exist in The CW's Existing DC-Verse

Written by Andrew Pollard Friday, 19 May 2017

TV News

With the first trailer having now debuted for The CW’s latest DC-based series Black Lightning, new information has come out regarding the show’s ties (or lack of) to the network existing DC shows.

At present, The CW has Arrow, The Flash, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl. Whilst the first three of those completely exist within the same realm, Supergirl is nicely placed as an alternative world. With Black Lightning, though, it appears that this new series won’t be a part of The CW’s established DC-verse in any way.

Speaking to EW, The CW’s Mark Pedowitz explained, “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.”

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

In case you missed that first trailer for this upcoming show, you can find that in the player below:

The early synopsis on Black Lightning reads:

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.

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