Crisis on Infinite Earths promises a lot of long-awaited casting news in the Arrowverse. One of the most exciting bits of news is that Black Lightning will now be connected to the larger Arrowverse. For years, we’ve referred it as “Arrowverse adjacent”. It was a superhero show, aired on The CW, and Greg Berlanti helped create it. That’s pretty much it.
Now we’re going to see Cress Williams bridge the gap between the Black Lightning and the rest of the Arrowverse in the upcoming Crisis on Infinite Earths. As Black Lightning films in Atlanta, this was Williams first time filming with the other Arrowverse shows.
In fact the distance proved to be such a challenge that Black Lightning was included very late into designing the crossover. Marc Guggenheim and Black Lightning co-creator/showrunner Salim Akil had to put their heads together.
Guggenheim said to Entertainment Weekly, “Black Lightning’s in it much more than we ever anticipated, and he’s in it in a very significant way. That’s something we worked very closely with the team at Black Lightning because the attitude among all of us, but I don’t want to speak for Black Lightning folks, was if we’re going to bring Black Lightning into the crossover, it can’t just be for a cameo. It has to be in a way that feels significant while still of course dealing with our time and space limitations.”
One thing about his new costume that got the other heroes super jealous? His new mask. Williams has special magnets glued to his face, allowing easy removal of the mask.
Williams recalls an encounter with The Flash’s Hartley Sawyer, ““hey glue magnets around my face and there are magnets in the mask, so it’s magnetic. It allows me to peel it off in between takes. I had a moment when Elongated Man [Hartley Sawyer] saw my mask and his mouth dropped and he was like, ‘What? Dude, when they put this on my face, they glue it on, and I have to keep it on all day. They said that’s the only way it can be done.’”
Speaking of The Flash, there will be plenty of scenes between Jefferson and Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) in the upcoming crossover.
Guggenheim recalled, “For me, the highlight is a scene with him and Grant Gustin that is so emotional, it’s so affecting, [that] it really justifies why these two characters are sharing the screen together. It’s a very spoiler-ish scene, but both Grant and Cress just knock it straight out of the park.”
Williams role will be more than a cameo. He’ll have significant parts in The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow installments of the crossover event.
As for how Jefferson is involved in the crossover? Williams only had this to say.
“He’s not prepared for it. So, he doesn’t know these people. He’s getting introduced into the world for the very first time, and so there’s some conflict early on when he’s trying to figure out, who are you people and why am I here?” He adds, “He’s kind of left off-center, which was really fun to play.”
As for the other Arrowverse characters coming to Freeland? Williams said that if they want to come, then they should come. (Please, the ASA is really getting to be a problem and, you know, Marakovia and all.)
“I hope it’s not a one-off thing. [Actors] wanted to come to Freeland, and I definitely wanted to come back to them.”
Crisis on Infinite Earths airs Sunday, Dec. 8 with Supergirl followed by Batwoman on Monday, Dec. 9 and The Flash on Tuesday, Dec. 10. We end the crossover on Tuesday, Jan .14 with Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow.