On a conference call Thursday morning, CW President Mark Pedowitz said that the show would not crossover with the other DC programs on the network.
"We do not intend to do a 5 way crossover. Black Lightning at this point is not part of the Arrowverse."
The other four DC programs - Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow - have all intersected at one point or another. There have been multiple crossover events, and the first three shows helped set up the characters who became the focal point of Legends of Tomorrow.
It's odd that Black Lightning won't exist within the same rules or universe, considering the same producers are making the series, on the same network where the others exist. Nevertheless, the new sounds like a great adventure waiting to happen.
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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