“Black Lightning” will come to an end with season four.
On Friday, the CW confirmed that it would bring its superhero drama to a close with the upcoming fourth season, Deadline reports. But, there’s good news, and not just Megan’s. Last week, the network announced that the story wouldn’t completely stop as a spinoff series titled “Painkiller” is next up from the “Black Lightning” story. Jordan Calloway is set to reprise his role as “Painkiller.”
The new episode will premiere during the upcoming final season of “Black Lightning,” and the show is written, directed, and executive produced by Salim Akil. Akil was also the showrunner and executive producer of Black Lightning.
Black Lightning came from Fox and eventually moved to the CW, becoming the first DC superhero series with a Black lead, Deadline reports. The show is led by Cress Williams, who plays Black Lightning. Alongside him is an actress who plays Thunder, China Anne McClain, who played Lightning, and more. Black Lightning will be the second show to end its run, the outlet reports.
In a statement, Akil opened up about the show’s end.
“When we first started the Black Lighting 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,” he wrote.
“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.” He continued: “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.”