Jefferson Pierce, aka Black Lightning, is saying goodbye. The CW just announced Black Lightning would end after its upcoming fourth season.
Series developer and executive producer Salim Akil issued a statement thanking fans for their support.
“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 super hero genre,” said Akil. “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.”
Akil also thanked everyone involved in producing the show.
“Thank you to the phenomenal cast, writers and crew without whom none of this would’ve been possible,” he 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 super heroes 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.”
The news of Black Lightning’s end comes a week after the CW announced a Painkiller spinoff series.
“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,” said Akil.
Black Lightning follows the DC comics character Jefferson Pierce, a high school principal. Pierce dons his superhero suit once again when a local gang recruits one of his star students.
The fourth and final season of Black Lightning debuts in February 2021.
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