Black Lightning will end its run once its upcoming fourth season on The CW ends, it’s been reported.
The show, which first aired on The CW back in January 2018, is the latest in a string of superhero shows to finish their runs on the network, with Arrow concluding earlier this year and Supergirl set to end after its current season also.
Series developer and executive producer Salim Akil released a statement shortly after the announcement, saying:
“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. 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 went to praise the crew he’d worked with on the show, before looking ahead to their latest project, Painkillers.
“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. 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.”
While the network is losing Supergirl and now Black Lightning in the near future, they certainly don’t have a shortage of replacements, with Superman and Lois set to air in January as well as a Wondergirl series currently in development.