New DC comic book adaptation “Black Lightning” is not part of the shared universe of The CW’s “Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Supergirl” and “Legends of Tomorrow” — at least for now.
CW’s Network president Mark Pedowitz made the announcement during a call with reporters following the release of the network’s fall schedule.
“‘Black Lightning’ at this time is not part of the Arrowverse, it’s a separate thing,” he said. “It will not be part of a five-way crossover. However, we will be doing another four-way crossover this year.”
The husband-and-wife team of Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil co-created “Black Lightning” and wrote the pilot which comes from Warner Bros. TV and will be executive produced by the Akils along with Arrowverse’s Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter. Salim Akil will serve as showrunner.
On the network rebooting iconic nighttime soap “Dynasty,” Pedowitz expressed a desire in wanting to work with Stephanie Savage, citing the pair is responsible for two of the great nighttime soaps of the mid-2000s: “Gossip Girl” and “The OC.”
As for whether Joan Collins or any original “Dynasty” cast members might return?
“If the storylines work, we are completely open to it,” Pedowitz said, who also cautioned the show was only recently picked up and no talks have commenced just yet. “I’m going to let the executive producers make the decision.”