Black Lightning's sophomore season came to a close tonight, wrapping up some season-long plotlines while dropping some major teases of what's to come. And in the process, the series weaved in two references to another DC Comics adaptation.
The episode saw the Pierce family working to stop the latest
Several scenes later, Tobias was shown to be apprehended by some sort of authorities, who were putting him away in a prison that he wouldn't be able to get out of for a long while. The prison's name probably jogged the memory of quite a few DC fans, as it was called "The Pit".
In the pages of DC Comics, "The Pit" is a shorthand occasionally used for the Lazarus Pit, the magical waters that have brought characters back to life in plenty of different stories. But in the world of Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy, The Pit is the name of an ancient prison which factors into The Dark Knight Rises.
The prison takes on a well-shaped structure, which people attempt - and largely fail - to climb out of. A young Talia Al Ghul escaped the prison with the help of Bane, who was severely beaten because of it. Bane later bought the pit himself and threw Bruce Wayne inside it, where the vigilante stayed for several months before escaping.
Black Lightning's version of The Pit takes on a decidedly different design from the Nolan version,
This, combined with the fact that Tobias channeled The Dark Knight's Joker by saying that "all it needs is a little push" to make Freeland erupt into
"I know this show is topical and it has some political merit to it, but we also want to entertain and make people laugh and get them excited about the fight sequences, and the characters that are coming in, as well as the villains that are coming in," showrunner Salim Akil said in a 2018 interview. "We hope it will be a well-rounded experience so yes, we’d love to see other superheroes come through."
Black Lightning has been renewed for a third season.