All good things must come to an end. And that is certainly the case for the CW‘s Black Lightning. The upcoming fourth season of the superhero television show will be its final hurrah. Cress Williams will be donning the suit for the last time in 2021.
Showrunner and executive producer Salim Akil shared the following statement in regards to the end of Jefferson Pierce’s run on TV:
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.
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.Showrunner Salim Akil
Black Lightining‘s fourth season will commence on 8 February. As part of the DC comics family at the network, it follows in the footsteps of Arrow (ended) and Supergirl (ending with its sixth season). The Flash will be heading into its seventh season, while Legends of Tomorrow enters its sixth season. The more recent Batwoman will return for a second season.
However, the end of Black Lightning gives life to a spinoff starring Jordan Calloway as Khalil Payne aka Painkiller. The pilot of the Painkiller spinoff will be the seventh episode in the fourth season of Black Lightning, so if you are hoping to see what is in store, keep your eyes peeled.
“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,” Akil 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.”