New CW series Black Lightning is not part of the channel’s “Arrowverse,” according to CW president Mark Pedowitz.


The Arrowverse is a shared fictional universe in which four CW shows reside – ArrowThe FlashDC’s Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl. “We do not aim to do a five-way crossover,” confirmed Pedowitz. 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.”

Black Lightning will premiere in the middle of the 2017-2018 fall TV season. “We’re going to have something very unique in Black Lightning. But (superhero shows will) last as long as people want to watch it,” he added. “It’s lasted my whole lifetime, so it’ll keep going.”

The new superhero show follows Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams), who used to be a hometown vigilante using his power to harness and control electricity. He kept his New Orleans neighborhood safe from crime, but gave it up to have a family and be a high school principle. Now, nine years later, a new menacing street gang The One Hundred is mulling about, causing Pierce to return to his superpowers.

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