The CW has let loose their fall schedule, and with it comes some interesting surprises about its newest hero show Black Lightning. Despite being picked up for a full season, the show will not arrive until Midseason. Furthermore, it’s been confirmed that Black Lightning is NOT part of the Arrowverse at present:
“We do not aim to do a five-way crossover,” The CW President Mark Pedowitz noted. “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.”
Before you question why, the answer is quite simple: Location. Supergirl, Arrow, Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow are made in Vancouver, but Black Lightning is being shot in Atlanta. So that would put a huge strain on things.
CW also gave the official synopsis for the show. Check it out:
“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.”