Black Lightning's second season ended on a big bang as Agent Odell invaded the Pierce family home, and when the show returns October 7 it'll follow that up - as well as the growing threat of the Markovians and new metas emerging around the world. And, oh yeah, "Crisis on Infinite Earths."
"It feels like our world is getting bigger. It’s becoming more global," series star Cress Williams told Newsarama. "So, it could make sense."
The cast couldn't say much more about the winter crossover than that, but did explain how the season's other big threat was the Markovians.
"It’s going to expand everything. We are going to get more villains and more metas, and I think we are going to need more metas as well," Williams said. "We pick up with Jefferson just trying to figure out how to keep his daughters out of it, and trying to make compromises and deals - sacrifices really, to keep them out of the fray. And it’s going to take him to some dark places in order to do that."
According to series co-star Christine Adams (who plays Lynn Pierce), she thinks the Markovians are setting the stage for the debut of the Outsiders - the classic DC team which Black Lightning is a part of in comic books.
"The Markovians open the door to I think The Outsiders – probably. That’s what I’m feeling," said Adams. "I don’t know how long it’s going to take. It can be two seasons before we get there, but that door is open, right?"
Speaking of doors opening, whereas season 2 ended with Agent Odell invading the Pierce family home, the second season picks up about a month and a half later.
"As we start everything is a bit disjointed. We pick up about a month and a half after Odell came into the room and said I know who you are," Williams explained. "So, we start a little spread out. At least from Jefferson’s perspective, he’s just trying to feel out Odell and figure out if he can keep his kids out of the war."
"I think in Season 3, and I don’t know because we don’t get told what’s going to happen down the line, but it doesn’t feel like you are going to see the Pierce family sitting around the table, having a family dinner for a while," Adams added. "It doesn’t even feel like they are going to be in the same room together for a while because I think they are going to spiral off into these worlds as they go on their own journeys."
China Anne McClain expects her character, Jennifer Pierce (a.k.a. Lightning) going on a seperate superhero journey.
"I think it’s going to be a mixture because, you know, Jennifer is kind of a hot head and she doesn’t listen. She’s hard headed as well," McClain said. "So, she might go out and try to do her own thing. Might get her into trouble like it did with the 100 Gang. But hopefully it will be more fighting with the family because I love doing fight sequences with the other characters."
McClain didn't get a chance to suit up much in season 2, and as she reveals to Newsarama it was because there were issues with the costume - and that she was originally written to suit up sooner.
"I definitely will be suiting up more this season because we really needed to get the suit perfect. So, it took longer than we expected," McClain said. "I think I was supposed to be in it sooner, but you don’t want to go on with something half done. If you are going to reveal the suit, it needs to be popping."
The show's original big bad, Tobias Whale (played by Marvin Jones III), will be rolling with the new power on the scene, the Markovians.
"He’s an all or nothing kind of guy. I don’t think he will be willing to share that power with anybody. I think we learned that from Season 1," Jones said. "Even though it might seem like it for a time, something is going to happen where he’s going to manipulate his way to the top and be the sole controller."
Black Lightning returns with its third season October 7 on the CW.