The Arrowverse has had a tough go of it as of recently, following the conclusion of Arrow and death of Oliver Queen, the patriarch of the CW superhero universe in the finale of the epic Crisis on Infinite Earths storyline. Following this was the departure of Ruby Rose on Batwoman, citing issues with how production scheduling and overall just not being a great fit for her professionally. Now it’s with a heavy heart that we’ve learned that Black Lightning is set to end with season 4, joining Supergirl as the second of two main DC/CW staples that were established as members of the Arroverse Justice League at the end of the crisis crossover.
“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. 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,” Said Executive producer and Showrunner Salim Akil, following with his kindest regards to those he spent time with on set “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 superheroes to life for the culture.”
Black Lightning currently has a spinoff in place, focusing on Khalil, aka Painkiller, a character who has been put through the wringer since season 1. The series will be setup via a backdoor pilot within the show’s fourth season, but considering the CW’s history with backdoor pilots, there’s a good chance Painkiller could meet the same fate as Green Arrow and The Canaries.