The CW announced that Black Lightning is ending after season four. The announcement comes after The CW announced a BL spin-off, Painkiller is currently in development. Executive producer Salim Akil released the following statement.
“When we first started the Black Lightning journey, I knew that Jefferson Pierce and his family of powerful Black Women would be a unique addition to the superhero genre. The love that Blerds and all comic book fans around the globe have shown this series over the past three seasons proved what we imagined, Black People Want To See Themselves in all their complexities.
Thank you to the phenomenal cast, writers and crew without whom none of this would’ve been possible. I’m incredibly proud of the work we’ve been able to do and the moments we’ve been able to create in bringing DC’s first African-American family of superheroes to life for the culture.
I’m very grateful to Peter Roth, Warner Bros. TV, Mark Pedowitz, The CW Network and Greg Berlanti for their partnership and support of my vision at every step of this journey. While Season Four may be the end of one journey, I’m extremely excited to usher in a new chapter and continued collaboration with The CW as we tell the story of Painkiller.”
Black Lightning stars Cress Williams, China Anne McClain, Nafessa Williams, and Christine Adams as the Pierce family. Marvin Jones III, James Remar, Chantal Thuy and Jordan Calloway round out the cast. Season three was a step forward for the Pierce family. There were no more secrets among the family and they were able to unite to defeat a deadly enemy. Khalil left town at the end of the season, but we knew we’d see him again.
Well this is sad. Black Lightning debuted on The CW in January 2018. And though the series was slow going, it had a loyal following among African American viewers. Many fans called for Black Lightning to become a part of the Arrowverse for two years, before finally being added during the Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover, last winter. I like the news that Calloway is getting his own show, his own show, but the Pierces will be missed.
Black Lightning returns for the final season on Monday, February 8 on The CW.