– by Joseph Jammer Medina

A couple years back, Supergirl hit the small screen on CBS, and despite the fact that show was created by Greg Berlanti, the same man behind Arrow, The Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow, they couldn’t quite commit to her being in the same universe just yet. Of course, eventually, Supergirl moved to The CW, and even prior to that it was confirmed that she could indeed have crossovers with some of the other superheroes in the Arrowverse on The CW.

When it Black Lightning was first announced over at FOX, fans couldn’t help but wonder if it would go through the same process. The series has since been ordered by The CW for a first season, but if you thought this was a confirmation that he would cross over with the other four superhero shows, you’d be disappointed.

Speaking to reporters, The CW president Mark Pedowitz stated:

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

Depending on how you feel about the other series in the Arrowverse, this could be a breath of fresh air. While they’ve attempted to give their shows each a unique flavor, there’s no mistaking that there’s been a feeling of samey-ness in the past season or so. In allowing Black Lightning to be its own thing, you don’t limit its tone or style creatively (admit it, Arrow has changed drastically since it started to include the other comic book shows into its narrative).

Plus, while Greg Berlanti may have a hand in Black Lightning, it’s actually the brain child of Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil, and we wouldn’t be surprised if Berlanti wanted to give the creative team room to breathe. Of course, this isn’t set in stone, and after the show has had some time to find its identity, perhaps a crossover will be in the cards.

Of course, until then, we can enjoy the impending four-part crossover between the other four shows!

What do you think? Are you excited that Black Lightning will be its own thing? Let us know in the comments down below!

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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.