Black Lightning Comic-Con Panel: Few Details but Lots of Love

author img
BY September 3, 2019

After two stellar seasons, the Black Lightning Comic-Con panel took the stage in San Diego to tease what’s to come in season three. Stars Cress Williams, Nafessa Williams, China Anne McClain, Cristine Adams, and Jordan Calloway all showed up to represent for the heroes of Freeland. Along with the cast, they brought a more than five-minute-long sizzle reel that highlights what happened last season and what awaits the next. The series only just started production, so the details on what to expect were scant. However, they did reveal that the fictional country of Markovia—and the army of metahumans they have waiting to be unleashed on the world—will play a big role. Though, the cast joked those villains should come to them because Markovia “is too cold.” Yet, for this show, the plot details take a backseat to what fans love about Black Lightning: the characters.

A Family Drama (with Crazy Metahuman Powers)

In response to a question, the cast all agreed that this series is a family drama at heart. Take away the superpowers, and what’s left doesn’t look much different. It’s a story about two parents whose work drove apart their relationship. They still remain close for their children’s sake, but those kids are growing into adults with their own agendas and problems. Even the villains have a very personal connection to the heroes, which creates better drama than simple superhero punch-em-ups. Of course, this is the Black Lightning Comic-Con panel, so it’s not all about emotional drama. This is a show with superpowers and supervillains, which adds an incredible extra layer of drama on it all.

There are themes super-fans are familiar with, such as the realization Williams’ Jefferson Pierce has that he can’t save everyone. There are the stories about his kids, one who embraces her superpowers and fighting crime and another who wants nothing to do with it. Yet, unique to this series because of the racial demographics of the cast, is how they can address social issues. Comic book stories have long been a place for that, and Black Lightning is a vigilante who stops criminals and overzealous police. This allows the series to examine these very real-world issues with the added element of a fantastic hero who is out there fighting for truth, justice, and (what should be) the American way.

Will Black Lightning Finally Join the Arrowverse?

The cast and crew of the show may be keeping story details close to their chests, but the Black Lightning Comic-Con panel addressed one of the biggest questions of all. Will Black Lightning finally join the larger Arrowverse? It always seemed strange that this series was, forgive the term, segregated from the rest of CW’s superhero shows. Though, this decision came from the storytellers. They wanted Black Lightning to carve out its own space first. As the first CW superhero show with a majority black cast, the series had to find its voice and address issues specific to that experience. As fans saw with Marvel and Netflix’s Luke Cage series, a superhero with dark skin facing off against criminals and cops carries different social connotations than others. In season three, or beyond, Black Lightning is a force in his own right and ready to join the larger super-world.

Now, like Arrow and Flash, Black Lightning has close ties to the police in Freeland and the shadowy government organization behind metahumans in its world. So, Cress Williams believes that the time is almost here when Black Lightning is ready to meet his fellow heroes. There is nothing official yet, so this likely means that Black Lightning won’t play a role in Crisis on Infinite Earths. While this is a huge missed opportunity, there is “talk” behind-the-scenes of how future crossovers might happen. When asked which heroes they want to team up with, they said they think Supergirl should come to town “soon.”  

Featured image via CW

DCTV Shows

Joshua M. Patton is a father, veteran, and writer living in Pittsburgh, PA. The first books he read on his own were comics, and he's loved the medium ever since. He is the greatest star-pilot in the galaxy, a cunning warrior, and a good friend. His book "What I Learned: Stories, Essays, and More" is available in print from Amazon and from all electronic booksellers.

Leave a comment


TV Shows
A Stranger Things Refresher Ahead of S3

Stranger Things’ third season is now streaming. Catch up on what happened last season before binge-watching the new episodes!

BY Meghan Hale July 4, 2019
DC Universe Streaming Titles: What’s Coming, What’s Going, What Remains the Same

Well, it’s that time of the month. I mean the time of the month when streaming services announce what will come and go, giving us just days to catch up on such classics as She’s Out of My League and Bring it On: In It to Win It (Damn thee, Netflix!). Sadly, the streaming service-who-could, […]

BY Roman Colombo September 28, 2019
Pop CultureTV Shows
15th Anniversary of LOST: Remembering the Show That Changed How We Watched TV Forever

On September 22, 2004 a plane fell out of the sky onto a strange island in the South Pacific packed with mysteries, ghosts, and a smoke monster. On the 15th anniversary of LOST, we at Comic Years are looking back at the genre-bending television show that changed the way we watch television. Serialized television was […]

BY Joshua M. Patton September 24, 2019
Fortnite Chapter 2 Trailer Intros New Map

Quite possibly the biggest game around right now, Fortnite is looking to keep players interested and invested with some major changes. If you didn’t catch the Fortnite chapter 2 trailer, here’s everything you need to know about the new map and things Epic Games is introducing. Fortnite Chapter 2 Trailer Shows Off New Digs There […]

BY Taylor Bauer October 15, 2019
Fortnite Season 11 Darkness Sends Fans into Uproar

Ahead of Fortnite’s newest season, which is the game’s 11th if you’re keeping score at home, Epic Games raised the stakes. Rather than hype players up with a crazy loot drop, or new in-game features, the Fortnite map we all know and love disappeared. Literally, as there is currently no map to play Fortnite on. […]

BY Taylor Bauer October 14, 2019
Google Stadia Broadband Caps Cause Major Concern

There are a lot of changes coming to the video game industry. For starters, the major home console makers are setting the stage for a new generation. We’re expected to see the new PS5 and Microsoft’s Xbox Scarlett (name pending) next year for the holidays. Plus, the Switch Lite is now on shelves, providing a […]

BY Taylor Bauer October 14, 2019
Fortnite Profits Drop Steeply – Is the Fad Waning?

Flash back to the 2018 holiday season. Fortnite, a free to play multiplayer titan, seemed unstoppable. Like anything in pop culture, however, nothing lasts at its peak forever. Recent news that Fortnite profits drop steeply when you look at 2019 Q2 trends points to some positives and negatives for Epic Games moving forward. Why did […]

BY Taylor Bauer October 10, 2019


Kevin Feige Promoted to Chief Creative Officer at Marvel Studios, Overseeing, Well, Everything

That a seismic shake-up was underway at Marvel was apparent. The Sony and Disney standoff over Spider-Man, rumors that Marvel Studios would take over Marvel Television, and an ambitious MCU Phase 4 line-up. However, what that shake-up was remained a mystery until now. Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, was promoted to Chief Creative Officer, […]

BY Joshua M. Patton October 15, 2019
Fortnite Chapter 2 Trailer Intros New Map

Quite possibly the biggest game around right now, Fortnite is looking to keep players interested and invested with some major changes. If you didn’t catch the Fortnite chapter 2 trailer, here’s everything you need to know about the new map and things Epic Games is introducing. Fortnite Chapter 2 Trailer Shows Off New Digs There […]

BY Taylor Bauer October 15, 2019
Doctor Doom #1 Shows He Loves Latveria More than Doom

Doctor Victor Von Doom, the ruler of the fictional country Latveria, might have the biggest ego in comics. It’s a toss-up between him and Lex Luthor, really. And as one of the biggest villains in Marvel Comics, Doom has caused mayhem and death all over the universe. So, how is it possible that he not […]

BY Roman Colombo October 15, 2019
Zoe Kravitz Will Be The Batman’s Catwoman

After a series of screen tests with various actresses, it is now official. Zoe Kravitz will play Catwoman, opposite Robert Pattinson, in Matt Reeves’s The Batman. Here are the details we know so far about her role, including, perhaps, the most surprising part of her casting. What Role Will Catwoman Play in the Upcoming Movie? […]

BY Salomé Gonstad October 15, 2019