“Black Lightning” will end its run on The CW after its upcoming Season 4, Variety has learned.
“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 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.”
“Thank you to the phenomenal cast, writers and crew without whom none of this would’ve been possible,” he continued. “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 super heroes 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.”
Based on the DC character of the same name, “Black Lightning” is centers around Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams), a high school principal who is forced to don his superhero suit once again after years of retirement when a local gang arises and recruits one of his star students. The show also stars Christine Adams, China Ann McClain, Nafessa Williams, James Remar, Marvin Jones III, Jordan Calloway, and Damon Gupton. Season 4 of the series is lated to air early next year.
“Black Lightning” hails from Berlanti Productions and Akil Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. The series was developed for TV by Salim Akil, who serves as showrunner and executive producer. Mara Brock Akil also executive produces along with Greg Berlanti and Sarah Shechter of Berlanti Productions and Charles D. Holland and Pat Charles.
News of the series ending comes just over a week after The CW ordered a backdoor pilot for a potential spinoff centered on the “Black Lightning” character Painkiller. Calloway will star in that project, with Salim Akil writing, executive producing, and directing the pilot.
The CW has found great success with its lineup of DC shows. Along with “Black Lightning,” the broadcaster has aired shows like “Arrow” — which recently ended after eight seasons earlier this year — as well as “The Flash,” “Supergirl,” “Legends of Tomorrow,” and “Batwoman.” It was also announced last year that The CW was plotting an “Arrow” spinoff about The Canaries, which aired as a backdoor pilot during “Arrow’s” final season. Most recently, it acquired the shows “Swamp Thing” and “Stargirl” from the now defunct streaming service DC Universe.
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