– by Drew Carlton

In recent years, Greg Berlanti has become a huge name in television thanks to his adaptation of comic book characters and his ability to both please the casual viewer and to satisfy the hardcore comic fan. The man has given us Arrow, Flash, Legends Of Tomorrow, and Supergirl to appease our comic addictions, and recently Fox signed him on to helm Black Lightning.

After watching the CBS Supergirl and Flash network crossover, we had high hopes of Black Lightning electrifying Barry Allen’s (The Flash) world, and perhaps there was a way to tie in the Speedforce (the cosmic force that gives The Flash his powers) to Black Lightning’s own skill-set.

When Berlanti was recently asked about a crossover and he gave a disappointing reply (via CBR).

“I don’t think so, if we’re lucky enough that that exists, that that show exists, I don’t think those worlds will cross over.”

That was a negative, but I still feel like Jim Carrey in Dumb & Dumber by asking, “So there’s a chance?” Lets make this clear: although doubtful, he did not give a definitive “NO.” I am pretty sure when he was working on Supergirl that he had no idea the worlds would meet up, much less end up on the same network. For all we know, Black Lightning will fail on Fox and get shuffled to the Friday night CW slot, even though I am still holding out for a Justice League show.

Black Lightning is the secret identity of Jefferson Pierce and was the first major African American superhero for DC Comics, created in 1977 by Tony Isabella and Trevor Von Eeden. I would guess that this character inspired the late great Dwayne McDuffie to create Static Shock, and to bring a more varied ethnicity to comics, which were sorely lacking diversity at the time. Pierce has, as one could guess, powers based on electricity as he is able to shoot bolts to incapacitate badguys and in the comics his powerset was increased in the mid 2000’s to have more tactical uses. The Fox show is said to center on Pierce’s life after he has “hung up the cowl”, in a Netflix’s Jessica Jones type of sense, however with his daughter trying to slip into his shoes he is forced back into the vigilante life to protect her.

We can only hope that despite the initial “probably not” ruling of a crossover by Berlanti, that the two universes will collide. Let’s hear what you think peeps.

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