Friday, November 20, 2020

The CW's 'Black Lightning' to End After 4 Seasons

The CW has announced today that the upcoming fourth season of the original drama series Black Lightning will be its last. The fourth and final season premieres on the broadcast network on February 8, 2021.

"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," said series creator and showrunner Salim Akil. "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."

The drama stars Cress Williams, China Anne McClain, Nafessa Williams, Christine Adams, Marvin "Krondon" Jones III, Jordan Calloway, Chantal Thuy and James Remar.

Akil executive produces with Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Mara Brock Akil, Oz Scott and Pascal Verschooris. Warner Bros. Television, DC Entertainment, Akil Productions and Berlanti Productions produce.

Earlier this month, The CW announced that it was developing a spinoff of Black Lightning - which will air as a planted episode in the upcoming fourth and final season. It will center around Jordan Calloway, who will reprise his role as Khalil Payne aka Painkiller.

Black Lightning will also join Supergirl in producing final seasons for The CW in 2021.