Is Black Lightning set in the Arrowverse?

Photo credit: The CW
Photo credit: The CW

From Digital Spy

Warning! Huge potential spoilers for Black Lightning lie ahead.

The Arrowverse is a magical thing – especially when it veers over into hallowed crossover territory. But do y'know what? It's bloody confusing, too.

When The CW's latest comic book series made its debut, fans of the Arrowverse were told in (almost) no uncertain terms that Black Lightning would not be a part of the shared universe.

So, a Crisis on Earth-X-style crossover is out of the question, then? Erm, not quite.

Photo credit: The CW
Photo credit: The CW

Because despite The CW's Mark Pedowitz's first admission that Black Lightning would be a "separate thing" from its four other DC shows, hints have been dropped left, right and centre on the show itself that that might not be the case.

Following on from a recent Supergirl reference, Black Lightning's latest episode – which aired in the US last night (March 20) – dropped another super-reference into the mix.

As China Anne McClain's Jennifer discovered the truth about her father's identity as Black Lightning, she asked her mother Lynn if she was actually superhero Vixen.

And if that namedrop wasn't enough, Lynn went on to tell her daughter that she was neither Vixen nor Supergirl, notching up Kara Danvers' reference total to two.

Photo credit: The CW
Photo credit: The CW

Related: Black Lightning just dropped a Supergirl reference – but what does it mean for a possible crossover?

Now Black Lightning's most recent meta twist doesn't necessarily confirm that it will be involved in any future Arrowverse crossover, but it does reveal that Freeland exists within the multiverse.

Somewhere. Somehow.

So, while we're not quite sure within which iteration of Earth Black Lightning resides in, or if any references to Supergirl are simply fictional, we're just going to go ahead and enjoy them.

Black Lightning airs on The CW in the US and is available to stream on Netflix in the UK.

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