Per Variety, The CW has decided to end Black Lightning after its upcoming fourth season.
This is what series developer and executive producer Salim Akil had to say about the matter:
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. 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. 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.
Black Lightning is a superhero series, developed by Salim Akil for The CW. It is based on the character of the same name, created by Tony Isabella and Trevor Von Eeden, featured in DC Comics. The cast consists of; Cress Williams as the titular Black Lightning, China Anne McClain, Nafessa Williams, Christine Adams, Marvin Jones III, Damon Gupton, James Remar, Jordan Calloway, and Chantal Thuy. The project was originally given a pilot production commitment at FOX, before moving to The CW. The CW officially ordered Black Lightning to series in May 2017.
The series focuses on Jefferson Pierce, the principal of Garfield High School in the city of Freeland, Georgia. Nine years ago, he was a superhero called Black Lightning until he retired after what his life was doing to his family. Jefferson is forced to become Black Lightning again when The 100, Freeland’s most feared criminal gang, led by Tobias Whale was taking over the city.
On November 12, 2020, it was announced that The CW is developing a backdoor pilot for a Painkiller spin-off with Jordan Calloway reprising his role from Black Lightning. This spin-off announcement was subsequently followed by another series announcement, Wondergirl.