19 years ago - Virgil Ovid Hawkins is born.
4 years ago - 15-year-old Virgil is subjected to a contaminated gene bomb, gaining his electrical powers taking the superhero identity Static. Soon, he joins Young Justice.
2 years ago - 17-year-old Virgil declines full membership in the new Titans, but accepts reserve status.
1 year ago - 18-year-old Virgil goes to the Homeworld of the Titans of Myth with all the surviving Titans to save Donna Troy, where he his recruited by Roy Harper for the Outsiders.
Static is such a great character, but the particularly roundabout journey he took to become a mainstay of the DC universe continues to make it a tiny bit awkward to include him. He was part of Milestone Comics, a imprint specifically created by a coalition of African-American creators and artists, but published through DC in a landmark publishing and distribution deal that allowed them retain all copyrights as well as all creative, merchandising and licencing control. Static was by far their most successful character who even got his own extremely well-loved animated series. Slowly, the characters were integrated further and further into the DC universe proper, but the transition was always slow thanks to the copyright issues.
Virgil eventually joined the mainstream continuity despite the difficulty, because he's just too fantastic a character not to. He has a classic teenage hero origin, great powers, and a wonderfully refreshing personality. He's a geek at heart: a lover of comics and video games, even a D&D fan, and yet he's still inherently, unquestionably cool. People like that absolutely exist, and it's amazing that comics took so long to acknowledge it. Also, he's one of the very first electrically-powered superheroes to figure out that their powers also allow them to control electromagnetism.
Speaking of electrical powers, it's a little weird to not connect Static to Black Lightning. The fact that DC has two prominent black superheroes that have similar powers is a little weird, but the fact is there are lots of characters with similar powers. This particular example is only weird because there are so few black superheroes to begin with. Rather than struggle with it, it actually feels a bit more truthful to simply let the coincidence stand. It's something the two of them can notice when they actually meet.
Because we don't have to struggle with the owership rights of the character, we can make him have been a part of the fabric of DC characters from the get-go, which means he can have been a member of Young Justice rather than just making a few appearances. We've deliberately made him part of all the major storylines for the young heroes of the era, and made him a supporting member of the Titans, someone that comes over and plays video games with them, until he finishes high school and is ready to dedicate himself to his career as a superhero, bypassing the Titans and going straight to work for the new, professionally organized Outsiders while he begins taking college classes. Hopefully we've maintained his outsider status, while still honoring him as a central, beloved part of the DC universe.