Variety reports that Black Lightning will end its run on The CW after its upcoming Season 4.
Based on the DC character of the same name, Black Lightning centers around Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams), a high school principal who is forced to don his superhero suit once again after years of retirement when a local gang arises and recruits one of his star students. The show also stars Christine Adams, China Anne McClain, Nafessa Williams, James Remar, Marvin Jones III, Jordan Calloway and Damon Gupton. Season 4 of the series is slated to air early next year.
“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,” series developer and executive producer 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.”
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. Calloway will star in that project, with Akil writing, executive producing and directing the pilot.