Flash host Eric Wallace said the involvement of Cress Williams’ Jefferson Pierce / Black Lightning and Javicia Leslie’s Ryan Wilder / Batwoman was necessary to make the “Armageddon” event a reality in five episodes of season 8.
“But when I saw Barry [Allen’s] journey, I realized there had to be two characters in the episode, and that was where I started,” Wallace said in an exclusive interview with CBR. “The story of ‘Armageddon’ can not be told [without] Black Lightning and Batwoman. You should have been there. So we really started with that, didn’t we? The scenes between Cress and Grant [Gustin] that we saw a bit in the sixth season is taken to a whole new level. ”
The showrunner continued: “Honestly, I also wanted two strong black women to meet and interact for the first time at Arrowverse. That meant, ‘How does Iris West-Allen finally meet Ryan Wilder? “Me too, “I like to tell you I do not want to tell you how, but it’s not only wonderful, and its chemistry is amazing, it’s also fun; they’re just wonderful together. So we started with that, because Batwoman and Black Lightning were such an important part of the story. ”
Williams played Jefferson Pierce in Black Lightning, which aired on The CW Arrowverse’s home for four seasons from 2018 to 2021. While Black Lightning was originally a separate standalone series from “Arrowverse,” it was officially aired on The DC. CW’s Shared Universe TV after the crossover event “Crisis on Infinite Earths,” aired from late 2019 to early 2020 and aired at the same time as Black Lightning. Season 3. The Flash’s “Armageddon” event marks the first time Williams Black has played Blitz since the character’s solo series ended earlier this year.
Leslie, meanwhile, plays Ryan Wilder in Batwoman, which premiered its third season on The CW last month. Original Batwoman Kate Kane (played by Ruby Rose) made her Arrowverse debut at the Elseworlds crossover event in 2018, followed by a solo Batwoman series. After Rose’s controversial departure after Batwoman season 1, Leslie was named Ryan, the new Batman, to move on. Williams and Leslie are accompanied by former Arrow Katherine McNamara, who repeats the role of Mia Queen for the Armageddon event.
“Armageddon, Part 1” premiered on November 16 to launch the eighth season of The Flash. The event in five parts is broadcast weekly and ends on December 14. “Under mysterious circumstances, a serious alien threat arrives on Earth, and Barry, Iris, and the rest of the Flash team are pushed to the limit in a desperate battle to save the world,” reads the official summary of the event, Time and Fate When humanity is in danger, Flash and his comrades must also invite old friends so that the good forces prevail. “