"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", showrunner Sam Akil said in a statement.
High school principal Jefferson Pierce, who retired from his superhero persona Black Lightning for nearly nine years after seeing the effects it had on his family, is forced to become a vigilante again when the rise of the local gang called The 100 led by Tobias Whale leads to increased crime and corruption in his community of Freeland. "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". The show also stars Christine Adams, China Anne McClain, Nafessa Williams, James Remar, Marvin Jones III, Jordan Calloway and Damon Gupton. In the eight years since the premiere of Arrow, the interconnected universe of DC Comics properties has expanded to seven series with a widening connection to shows on DC Universe (now HBO Max) and more.
News of the series ending comes over a week after The CW ordered a backdoor pilot for a potential spinoff centered on the "Black Lightning" character Painkiller. "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". A back-door pilot episode will be produced later this season, with Painkiller moving to a new city. Mara Brock Akil also executive produces, along with Berlanti and Sarah Schechter of Berlanti Productions, Charles D. Holland and Pat Charles. Hey, it's picked up folks from every other show at one point or another), The Flash (coming up on its seventh season), Batwoman (now shooting its second season, with a new star in the title role), Stargirl (now a CW exclusive, but not a part of the Arrowverse, its second season is expected in 2021), and the upcoming original series Wonder Girl in development And that's not even mentioning the possible Canaries project that could still be spun out of Arrow.
Black Lightning season 4 will hit The CW on Monday, February 8.