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‘Black Lightning’ to end after 4 seasons on The CW

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The CW Network announced that Black Lightning is coming to end after only 4 seasons. The announcement was made Friday that season four will serve as the final season.

The news came after it was revealed that the CW ordered a backdoor pilot for Black Lightning character, Painkiller.

Black Lightning Season 4 premiers February 8, 2020 on the CW

Series mastermind and executive producer, Salim Akil, released a statement according to report from the Hollywood Reporter.

“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,”

Salim Akil


In Akil’s statement, he went on to thank a number of people for allowing Black Lightning to come to life, from the cast and production crew, to Mark Pedowitz, current president of The CW, for they work on the multilayered series.

“Thank you to the phenomenal cast, writers and crew without whom none of this would’ve been possible,” said Akil. “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. 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.”

Black Lightning made its CW debut back in January 2018.

Originally, Black lightning ran as a standalone show, separate from Greg Berlanti’s other CW DC comics shows. The show was produced Atlanta, unlike the Flash, Super girl and the legends of tomorrow, who all are filmed in Vancouver, BC.

During season 3 of Black lightning, around the same time the “Crisis of Infinite Earths” event began, Both Black Lightning’s world and Supergirls world were merged into the main timeline, allowing both heroes to join the Arrowverse version of the Justice League, though Supergirl was already a member of the Arrowverse.

Black Lightning’s fourth and final season will serve as the first season to air post crisis.

Jahlil Rush

Jahlil Rush attends CUNY Baruch College in New York City. He is double majoring in journalism and digital communication while also double minoring in photography and film. The passion for journalism has always resided within him. He loves covering topics of all kinds, from politics to entertainment to even fashion and technology. When it comes to covering anything related to superheroes, video games and animation, he gets extra excited. One day he hopes to achieve his career Goal of becoming an ABC News National Correspondent and Photojournalist. Check out some of his work on Flickr and find him on Contently.

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