I’ve been clamoring for it and now it’s finally happening – Black Lightning is officially joining the Arrowverse for the Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover. Cress Williams and his Black Lightning family aren’t the only ones showing up. Kevin Conroy will make his on-screen debut as Bruce Wayne for the biggest CW Arrowverse event yet.
Arrowverse show runners shared the news Sunday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour.
“Ever since we started talking about doing ‘Crisis,’ and we started talking about it a year ago, the goal has always been, ‘How many different corners of the DC universe can we touch?’” executive producer Marc Guggenheim said to TV critics. “Obviously, ‘Black Lightning just makes so much sense.”
It’s been a long time coming for Black Lightning as it prepares for its third season Oct. 7.
While Black Lightning won’t have a Crisis-focused episode actually incorporating the series into a crossover could be possible in the wake of Crisis.
Conroy apparently will be playing a Batman from the future. This seems like an ideal way to introduce a Batman Beyond universe, which would make for an ideal crossover with Legends of Tomorrow or even Batwoman.
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Somewhat surprisingly, Arrow won’t wrap up the crossover despite it being the final episode of the series.
“We’ve had a character come to Oliver and say, ‘You’re gonna die,’” Guggenheim said, addressing the ending of the show, which necessitates Oliver’s death. “Whenever I read about this online, people are asking us questions, they’re thinking about things in a very binary way, that the ending will either be X or Y. All I would say is that we have Z planned.”
I’m still not sold Oliver is going to die since The Monitor made a point to take Future Felicity to see Oliver in last season’s season finale so I’m not sure why Guggenheim thinks we’ve forgotten that ending.
Here’s the official breakdown of the episodes:
Crisis on Infinite Earths Part 1 – Supergirl: Sunday, Dec. 8 at 8 p.m.
Crisis on Infinite Earths Part 2 – Batwoman: Monday, Dec. 9 at 8 p.m.