– by Joseph Jammer Medina

This fall The CW may need to consider changing its name to the DC Super Hero Network or something similar with as many super hero shows as it has lined up. Starting  with Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl. If that weren’t enough, soon they will also launch Black Lightning. As many of us have already seen, they have already released a promo image as well as a trailer for the show. This show as confirmed by the CW President Mark Pedowitz will not be part of the Arrowverse as they are not looking to make a 5 way crossover, not to mention that while the other shows are produced in Vancouver, Black Lightning is produced in Atlanta. But I think that they will be crossed over at some point. Supergirl wasn’t supposed to cross over either but that quickly changed as well all remember. So for now with those other heroes out of the picture, who else could make an appearance in Black Lightning?


Well thanks to comicbook.com we have some information on who showrunner Salim Akil would want to join the show. In a recent interview, he told the International Business Times at the ATX Television Festival in Austin, Texas that he hoped that Black Lightning would get to eventually hang out with some of the other heroes of DC Comics. But he specifically mentioned one character, Virgil Hawkins otherwise known as Static Shock. 

He goes on to say:
“I love the idea of Static Shock, and in success, hopefully, we’ll be able to pull other characters in in that way,” Akil said. “So I’m holding out hope because I love that character.”

Static Shock was created by Milesetone Comics founders Dwayne McDuffie, Denys Cowan, Derek Dingle and Michael Davis. He first appeared in Static #1 in June 1993 through Milestone Comics an imprint of DC Comics. He was then featured in his own animated series titled Static Shockwhich premiered in September of 2003 and ran for 4 seasons with a total of 52 episodes. Like Black Lightning, Static’s powers are also electricity based.

Although most of us including Akil would be excited to see Static on television again especially alongside Black Lightning, there is a surprising voice against this team-up. The creator of Black Lightning Tony Isabella who had these comments about the the characters coming together on his blog:
“I confess I’m getting a wee bit annoyed by fan calls for Static to appear on this show. Now I love Static and the Static Shock cartoon series, but, were it my call (and it  isn’t), you would NEVER see Static in this series. Black Lightning doesn’t need Static. Static doesn’t need Black Lightning. They are great characters who can stand on their own.”

Personally I disagree with the this comment, of course each of these heroes could stand on their own, that doesn’t mean they wouldn’t work well together. But either way Static may not be available to appear on the show for a couple of reasons. First, there are some complications  his rights as he is a Milestone character and not DC Comics. Second, we have already heard rumors that Warner Bros. has been developing a web series for Static Shock which would feature Jayden Smith as Virgil. 

With as popular as the character was during it’s animated run, I find it a waste for them not to already be using him in some form. It would be exciting to see him join Black Lightning or any other hero on television or that web series if it ever gets finished. Perhaps the creative team will wait to see how the pilot does before adding such a popular character. Are you a fan of Static Shock? Would you have an issue with Black Lightning and Static Shock teaming up? Leave your thoughts below!

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Source: comicbook.com

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.