Black Lightning cancelled: Why was Black Lightning cancelled by The CW?

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Black Lightning season four is coming to The CW in early 2021. Sadly, The CW has announced the series will not return for a fifth series but why? Express.co.uk has everything you need to know.

Why was Black Lightning cancelled by The CW?

On Friday, November 20, The CW confirmed superhero drama Black Lightning would not return after season four. 

The series recieved praise from around the world when it first premeired in 2018, as it was the first DC superhero series with a black lead, with Cress Williams taking on the role of Black Lightning.

Unfortuantely, an exact reason for the show’s cancellation has not yet been given by The CW.

However, there is some very good news to come out of the show’s cancellation.

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A Black Lightning spin-off series, title Pain Killer is currently in the works and Jordan Calloway will reprise his role as the titular character.

Fans also have season four to look forward too which will premeire on Monday, February 8 on The CW.

In a statement, Blacklighting showrunner Salim Akil said: “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.

“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.”

“Thank you to the phenomenal cast, writers and crew without whom none of this would’ve been possible.

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Fans have taken to Twitter to share their sadness about the series being cancelled.

One fan tweeted: ” That’s sad. I’m not here for the Painkiller spinoff. I would have rather see one with one or both sisters. A black woman lead show is way more interesting. Since we got a black woman Batwoman, 2 shows would’ve been too much.”

A second fan said: ” I really enjoy this show, and its older lead, but understand the shift younger with the spinoff. Glad the world it created will continue, and I hope the daughters get to come along!”

A third fan added: “I’m disappointed but this is why I hate watching series. They always get cancelled.”

At the moment, very little information is available regarding the Black Lightning spin-off Painkiller, which is currently in the pilot stage.

Jordan Calloway will reprise his role as Khalil Payne/ Painkiller for the spin-off series.

Calloway is best knownf or hsi role as Chuck Clayton in Riverdale and  Zach Carter-Schwartz on the Nickelodeon series Unfabulous.

Express.co.uk will update this article when more information is available.

Black Lightning season 4 premeires  Monday, February 8 on The CW

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