“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 series developer Salim Akil said in a statement.
“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 super heroes to life for the culture.”
Akil would go on to that WBTV head Peter Roth for allowing the show to exist in a world dominated by A-list heroes. “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.”
The world setup by Black Lightning is set to continue with the currently in development Painkiller series. That series has yet to receive a full order from the network but Akil seems confident of its chances.
Khalil Payne/Painkiller, played by Josh Calloway, is set to leave Freeland City in season 4 and move to Akashic valley to escape his past as a member of Tobias Whale’s gang and as a weapon of Agent Odell.
Black Lightning stars Cress Williams, China Anne McClain, Nafessa Williams and Christine Adams. The series, which airs internationally on Netflix, returns to screens on February 8, 2021.