Another one of The CW’s best “Arrowverse” shows is concluding after its upcoming season, as Black Lightning will bow out after Season 4.
“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,” Executive Producer Salim Akil said in a statement.
“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 super heroes to life for the culture,” he continued.
Black Lightning Season 4 will include a backdoor pilot for a potential series featuring Jordan Calloway’s Painkiller character from the Black Lightning comics that were created by Tony Isabella and Eddy Newell. Salim Akil will also be developing this project to television.
“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,” he said. “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 CW’s Arrowverse (we refuse to call it “CWverse” – that’s silly) is currently in a state of evolution. Arrow ended last year and Supergirl is also due to conclude with its upcoming sixth season. Shows like The Flash and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow are getting up there in total seasons and eventually they will end as well. New shows are cycling in, like Superman & Lois with Tyler Hoechlin and Elizabeth Tulloch; Batwoman Season 2 will feel like a new show with the series getting a new lead in Javicia Leslie. In addition to Painkiller, Green Arrow and the Canaries is still not confirmed as not happening, though it’s looking increasingly likely that the Kat McNamara/Katie Cassidy/Juliana Harkavy series will not happen. The CW also announced development on a Wonder Girl series that has garnered a lot of good press.
Breaking from the “editorial voice,” KSiteTV has been able to visit the set of Black Lightning twice, and both times the cast and crew were incredibly kind and open. It was always a thrill to visit the Pierce family, and we were impressed by their work on a weekly basis. So, thank you.