Cress Williams has taken to his Instagram account and confirmed that Black Lightning will indeed be appearing in this Winter’s CW Crossover… Crisis on Infinite Earths. View this post on Instagram
The CW’s next DCTV crossover, Crisis on Infinite Earths, is set to air this Winter. The event will span five hours, one hour for Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl and newcomer, Batwoman.
This has come to be the norm for Arrowverse crossovers; most of The CW’s DC properties have had the chance to participate in various ways. One character, however, who has not had a chance to play ball in Black Lightning.
That’s all about to change this Winter. FandomWire has learned that Black Lighting will be making an appearance in Crisis on Infinite Earths.
Black Lightning (played by Cress Williams) has headlined his own show of the same name since January of 2018. The series sees a retired Black Lightning return to his life as a superhero and follows the effects of his vigilante activity on his professional and family life.
Though the show airs on The CW and the character has deep roots in the DC Comics, The CW has yet to include Black Lightning, in any capacity, in the larger Arrowverse.
Sources close to FandomWire are saying that Black Lighting won’t have a massive role in the crossover, and will be more in line with how Batwoman was used in last year’s Elseworlds crossover.
From the beginning, Black Lightning has been set up and marketed as its own separate universe (not unlike how Supergirl originally was when at CBS). It is the crossover episodes like Elseworlds and Crisis on Earth X that Supergirl (who resides on Earth-38) can appear alongside other Arrowverse characters and fight inter-dimensional and world-ending threats.
Williams’ Black Lightning, however, is very much community-based. When asked about leaving to help out our heroes in the Arrowverse, the actor stated (in an interview with comicbook.com) “It would be hard” and that “I don’t see the world where I would want to leave my community to help them, basically, we got our hands full.”
… a statement that kind of insinuates that he is comfortable just being your “friendly neighborhood” Black Lightning. Crisis on Infinite Earths could be looking to put Black Lightning out of his comfort zone and into a fight for the multiverse.
Black Lightning Season 3 is set to air on October 21st, 2019 and will see Cress Williams returning as Black Lightning, China Anne McClain as Lighting, Nafessa Williams as Thunder, and James Remar as Peter Gambi.[:]