In some sad news for fans of superhero TV shenanigans, Black Lightning is coming to an end.
Via EW, it’s been announced that the Cress Williams-fronted series is to conclude after its upcoming fourth season. Previously, it’s been announced that Jordan Calloway’s Painkiller is being weighed up to get his own spinoff show, with a backdoor pilot episode to be part of Black Lightning’s fourth year – much like how Arrow’s final season included a backdoor pilot for Green Arrow & The Canaries.
On the news that Black Lightning is ending showrunner Salim Akil said, “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. 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.”
This news comes on the back of the announcement earlier this year that Supergirl will be concluding with its impending sixth season.
Black Lightning’s fourth season will premiere on The CW on Monday, February 8.