Superhero Sunday: CW’s “Black Lightning” ends after four seasons

"Black Lightning" is ending its four-year run on The CW network.

Fans are roaring mad with thunder over the breaking news that the upcoming fourth season of CW’s Black Lightning will be its last.  
The series stars Cress Williams as Jefferson Pierce, a high school principal who was forced to come out of superhero retirement to resurrect his alter-ego against the growing rampant of crime, corruption and injustice, racism, prejudice and discrimination. 

As Black Lightning, he restores power and hope to the people of Freeland with the help of his family that includes mentor/father figure Peter Gambi, his doctor ex-wife Lynn and their two daughters.  Anissa, the oldest who is selfless and saves people as Thunder is also Blackbird, a masked Robin Hood who steals from drug dealers and gives the money to the poor and needy.  The youngest, Jennifer, also suits up as Lightning.

Black Lightning premiered mid-season in January 2018, a month before the release of Marvel’s Black Panther as well as several months before the second and final season of Marvel’s Luke Cage on Netflix.  Black Lightning made his official debut in the Arrowverse in last year’s “Crisis on Infinite Earths” crossover event.

The sudden announcement of Black Lightning coming to an end was revealed just days after the CW is in the works of developing a spin-off series with Jordan Calloway reprising his role of Khalil Payne, who served as both enemy and ally to the Pierce family as well as having an on/off romance with Jennifer.  Entitled Painkiller, the pilot will air as the seventh episode of the final season. 

Black Lightning returns Monday, February 8 on the CW.  Seasons 1-3 are available on Netflix.

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