Variety has the news that Black Lightning will wrap up its run on The CW after the fourth season. The news comes as The CW has ordered a backdoor pilot for a possible spinoff from the series centering around the character Painkiller.
The series is notable as it features an African-American lead and primarily African-American cast in the otherwise rather white superhero television offerings.
The show centers around Jefferson Pierce, a high school principal who is forced to again don a superhero suit to take on local gangs. The show stars Cress Williams, Christine Adams, China Anne McClain, Nafessa Williams, James Remar, Marvin Jones III, Jordan Calloway, and Damon Gupton.
Season 4 of Black Lightning will air in early 2021.
The show is part of The CW’s block of DC Comics based shows such as The Flash, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl (which will also be wrapping up), Batwoman, and a new upcoming Superman series. The CW also has aired the only season of Swamp Thing and will air the second season of Stargirl. Arrow, which ended its run, might still get a spin-off series.
He may have saved Freeland in season one, but Black Lightning (Cress Williams) is in for a new season of pain when Jordan Calloway returns as DC villain Painkiller in the show’s sophomore season! Guest starring as Khalil Payne in season one, Calloway’s promotion to series regular was revealed by showrunner/executive producer Salim Akil during Black Lightning’s San Diego Comic-Con 2018 panel.
Khalil Payne was a high school All-American track star with dreams of going to the Olympics until a stray bullet severed his spine, leaving him embittered and unable to walk. Black Lightning’s archnemesis Tobias Whale (Marvin “Krondon” Jones III) offers him legs for loyalty. Khalil accepts the offer and receives cybernetic enhancements that transform him into the Painkiller, meta-strong and able to generate an anesthetic from his body that causes temporary paralysis when delivered through darts. Now, he is a living weapon for a ruthless crime boss. Before long, he pines for his old life and dreams, and his teenaged love, Jennifer Pierce (China Anne McClain).
In addition to Black Lightning, Calloway’s credits include Beyond for Freeform, Riverdale for The CW, The Mick for FOX and Pure Genius for CBS.
Black Lightning returns for season two on Tuesday, October 9, at 9/8c on The CW. Based on the DC characters, the series is executive produced by Greg Berlanti, Salim Akil, Mara Brock Akil and Sarah Schechter. Black Lightning is produced by Berlanti Productions and Akil Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.