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And just like that… Black Lightning could be part of the Arrowverse

January 17th, 2018 by Marc Comments

The CW’s newest superhero show, Black Lightning finally arrived last night (and yes, we really liked it) and, despite our understanding that the show is (so far at least) not a part of the wider Arrowverse.

By Arrowverse, of course, we mean the universe of TV shows that kicked off with Arrow all those seasons ago… Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and then joining in later, Constantine and Supergirl.

So, DC TV Shows Chief  Greg Berlanti initially said the show would be a standalone (here) however, pretty soon after star Cress Williams (here) and the rest of the cast all admitted they really would love to be a part of that bigger universe (here) but we all sat down last night to watch the series premiere and suddenly one little line too us by surprise.

During the show a news segment about Black Lightning himself sees commentator Roland Martin talking about Lightning and his role and why he’s become a hero:

“Why is he a vigilante, but other communities have folks with superpowers and all of a sudden they’re heroes? This shows you how in this country, for nearly 400 years, there’s a double standard when it comes to us.”

Now, this isn’t exactly an appearance from Flash or Arrow, but it does nicely set up that, even in this potentially standalone universe, superheroes protect the streets. Does that mean it’s the same universe as the other shows, or even Supergirl? Not necessarily but it definitely sets up the possibility that, in the future, should opportunity come knocking then it’s not impossible that a familiar superhero (or ten) might step through.

What say you all?

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….