It looks like Black Lightning has come across a villain that is impossible to defeat: cancellation. The show's upcoming fourth season has just been confirmed to be the final one for the CW series.
Variety reports that Black Lightning Season 4 will be the final season for the DC show. Series developer and executive producer Salim Akil confirmed the news in a statement to the outlet.
“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,” Akil said. “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 news comes shortly after it was confirmed that The CW has ordered a backdoor pilot for a spin-off series that will focus on Jordan Calloway's character Painkiller. Akil will also work on the new show as executive producer and is set to write and direct the pilot.
Black Lightning first premiered in 2018 and follows Cress Williams as Jefferson Pierce, a high school principal who is forced out of superhero retirement to go up against a local gang that targets one of his star students. The series also stars Christine Adams, China Anne McClain, Nafessa Williams, James Remar, Marvin Jones III, and Damon Gupton.
Black Lightning Season 4 will premiere on The CW on February 8, 2021.