Black Lightning “Painkiller” Pilot Photos Released Black Lightning “Painkiller” Pilot Photos Released
Preview images for the Painkiller pilot episode of Black Lightning, starring Jordan Calloway Black Lightning “Painkiller” Pilot Photos Released

The CW is airing a backdoor pilot episode for a series starring Jordan Calloway’s “Painkiller” character from Black Lightning on April 12, as an episode of Black Lightning — and today, the network has released some promotional photos!

Here are the photos, which include Jordan Calloway and some other Black Lightning favorites; an official description for the episode follows below.


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Black Lightning -- "Painkiller" -- Image Number: BLK407a_0029r.jpg -- Pictured: Nafessa Williams as Anissa -- Photo: Kyle Kaplan/The CW -- © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

PAINKILLER — Khalil Payne (Jordan Calloway) is a young man ridden with the guilt of his troubled past from his former life in Freeland City, where, as a super-enhanced killing machine known as Painkiller, he was both a member of Tobias Whale’s gang and a weapon of Agent Odell and the shadowy ASA. After attempting to bury the darker, devastatingly lethal Painkiller part of his persona, Khalil has distanced himself away from everyone he knows and loves in a new city, Akashic Valley, in order to find peace — but peace never comes easy for men with pasts like Khalil Payne and Painkiller. As his violent, destructive history crashes his idyllic new beginning, Khalil is thrusted back into action with a new mission – bring justice where he once gave out punishment — but to do that, he will first have to deal with and harness his darker side, Painkiller. The episode was written and directed by Salim Akil (#407). Original airdate 4/12/2021.


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KSiteTV Editor-In-Chief Craig Byrne has been writing about TV on the internet since 1995. He is also the author of several published books, including Smallville: The Visual Guide and the show's Official Companions for Seasons 4-7.

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