UPDATE: Cress Williams took to his Instagram account and confirmed his involvement in the Arrowverse crossover.
The CW‘s next DCTV crossover… Crisis on Infinite Earths is set to air this winter. The event will span 5 hours, 1 hour for Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, 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 Lightning 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 have stated 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 through the crossover episodes like Elseworlds and Crisis on Earth X that Supergirl (who resides on Earth-38) has been able to appear alongside other Arrowverse characters and fight interdimensional and world-ending threats.
Williams’ Black Lightning, however, is very much community based and when asked about leaving to help out our heroes in the Arrowverse… the actor stated (in an interview with comicbook.com) that “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.”… insinuating that he is comfortable just being your “friendly neighborhood Black Lightning.”
Crisis on Infinite Earths could be looking to pull Black Lighting out of his comfort zone, and into a fight for the multiverse.
Black Lightning Season 3 is set to air on October 21, 2019, and will see Cress Williams (Jefferson Pierce/Black Lightning), China Anne McClain (Jennifer Pierce / Lightning), Nafessa Williams (Anissa Pierce / Thunder), and James Remar (Peter Gambi).
What do you think about Black Lightning being brought into the Arrowverse?