The characters from ‘Black Lightning’ will officially join the Arrow-verse with the upcoming ‘Crisis on Infinite Earths’ crossover this year…
‘Black Lightning’ is finally joining the Arrow-verse.
The series that currently airs on the CW has never been connected to the rest of the DC superhero shows that air on the network but now ‘Black Lightning’ will join ‘Arrow’, ‘The Flash’, ‘Supergirl’, ‘Batwoman’ and ‘Legends of Tomorrow’ as part of the massive ‘Crisis on Infinite Earths’ crossover that kicks off in December.
Previously, ‘Black Lightning’ existed in its own universe away from the other CW series primarily because the show filmed in Atlanta while the rest of the shows all filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia in Canada. With this huge crossover event planned to start in December and then wrap up in January, it was the right time for ‘Black Lightning’ to join the rest of the DC Universe of shows on the CW.
“The whole theory of ‘Crisis on Infinite Earths’ is that alternative universes collapse,” CW president Mark Pedowitz said on Sunday. “This is a DC property. We felt that it might be the right time if [executive producer Salim Akil] was interested in doing it. We had a conversation with Salim, and he said, yes, it made a lot of sense to make the connection at this point. He’s in his own universe. He is doing his own thing. We would not have done it if he had not signed off on it.”
In addition to ‘Black Lightning’ joining the expansive crossover event, the CW is also bringing out a slew of guest actors and actresses to play roles from the multitude of different universes that will appear on the show.
It’s been previously announced that Brandon Routh would play Superman again after portraying the character in ‘Superman Returns’ and Burt Ward will also make an appearance after playing Robin in the classic 1960’s ‘Batman’ series.
Now Kevin Conroy — who has famously voiced Batman/Bruce Wayne in a number of DC animated series and films — has been cast as an older Bruce Wayne from one of the alternate dimensions.
‘Crisis on Infinite Earths’ will loosely follow the original storyline from the comic books where a powerful being known as the Anti-Monitor discovers the multi-verse and decides to destroy all of the different worlds until collapsing them all down to one universe that he would then rule. His counterpart, The Monitor, gathers Earth’s greatest heroes together in an effort to stop him.
The ‘Crisis on Infinite Earths’ crossover will start on Sunday night, December 8 with ‘Supergirl’ before continuing on Monday, December 9 with ‘Batwoman’ and ‘The Flash’. The crossover will then pick up again in January with two more episodes on ‘Arrow’ at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, January 14 and then concluding with ‘Legends of Tomorrow’ at 9 p.m. on the same night.
Unlike past crossovers done this way on the CW,’Crisis on Infinite Earths’ isn’t expected to stay focused on the characters featured on each individual show but rather this series will essentially be a mini-movie that will tell one conclusive story over five hours.
The epic crossover event will start in December on ‘Supergirl.’