The end for the super hero drama Black Lightning is in sight. The CW confirmed today that the superhero drama will end with the upcoming fourth season, which is set to premiere early next year.
“When we first started the Black Lightingjourney, I knew that Jefferson Pierce and his family of powerful Black Women would be a unique addition to the super hero genre,” series developer and executive producer Salim Akil said in a statement. “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.”
The CW recently announced Jordan Calloway‘s Painkiller will star in a spinoff of Black Lightning, which follows Khalil Payne to Akashic Valley in order to find peace. The series description reads, “As his violent, destructive history crashes his idyllic new beginning, Khalil is thrust back into action with a new mission — bring justice where he once gave out punishment — but to do that, he will first have to deal with and harness his darker side.”
The series is developed by Salim Akil, and premiered on The CW on January 16, 2018. It is based on the character of the same name, created by Tony Isabella and Trevor Von Eeden, featured in publications of DC Comics. Cress Williams stars as the titular character alongside China Anne McClain, Nafessa Williams, Christine Adams, Marvin Jones III, Damon Gupton, James Remar, Jordan Calloway, and Chantal Thuy. The series sees the retired Black Lightning return to his life as a superhero and follows the effects of his vigilante activity on his professional and family life.
Black Lightning was finally integrated into the rest of the DC/CW shows with this past year’s crossover event, Crisis on Infinite Earths event.
But don’t think Black Lightning, Arrow, and Supergirl means the end of DC shows on the CW. We have Superman & Lois as well as a Wonder Girl series set to joins the stable of shows that still has Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Batwoman, and Stargirl.