The CW series, Black Lightning will be ending with Season Four according to the Entertainment News Website, Variety. Based on the DC character of the same name, “Black Lightning” centers around Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams), a high school principal who is forced to become Black Lightning 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 Anne McClain, Nafessa Williams, James Remar, Marvin Jones III, Jordan Calloway, and Damon Gupton. Season 4 of the series is slated to air early next year.
Salim Akil, Series Developer, and Executive Producer of the Television series had this to say about the decision to end the series with the upcoming Season Four:
“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.”Salim Akil, Series Developer, and Executive Producer.
The news of the cancellation comes a week after the announcement of a Spin-Off Series focusing on the character called Painkiller, created by Tony Isabella and Eddie Newell. Salim Akil went into detail about the potential spin-off and thanking WB TV for the opportunity for bringing DC’s first African American family of Superheroes to life:
“Thank you to the phenomenal cast, writers, and crew without whom none of this would’ve been possible,” Akil 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 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.”Salim Akil, Series Developer, and Executive Producer.
While this is devastating and crushing news to hear, a big thank you goes to Salim Akil, Tony Isabella, and the cast and crew for their hard work and for bringing Black Lightning to life. While we wait for the final season, the first three seasons are available to watch on Netflix. If you would like to read my past reviews of the first two seasons and other news about Black Lightning, click here.
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