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Black Lightning Series Not Part of The Arrowverse

May 18, 2017 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas

There won’t be a five-way Arrowverse crossover this year, despite the addition of a new DCX show on The CW. CW president Mark Pedowitz said during Thursday’s upfront presentation (via SHH) that Black Lightning will not be part of the Arrowverse.

“We do not aim to do a five-way crossover,” he said. “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.”

He added, “We’re going to have something very unique in Black Lightning. But (superhero shows will) last as long as people want to watch it. It’s lasted my whole lifetime, so it’ll keep going.”

In Black Lightning, 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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