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Black Lightning becomes the latest DC series to be retired on The CW

The landscape of The CWVerse is about to change. Just weeks after The CW confirmed that Supergirl would be coming to end after its sixth season, we are hearing that Black Lightning will be joining the girl of steel in retirement.

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Black Lightning (image courtesy of The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.)

Although the essence of the series will live on vicariously through the upcoming “Painkiller” pilot, the show is yet to be ordered to series by the network leaving the future of the CWVerse heading into unchartered territory.

Executive producer Salim Akil released the following statement:

“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,” series developer 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. 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.”

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Black Lightning (image courtesy of The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.)

Although Black Lightning will now join Supergirl and Arrow in retirement, The CW still has shows like The Flash, Batwoman, Legends of Tomorrow, and Superman & Lois to carry the torch forwards. And with DC’s Stargirl, Pennyworth, Titans, and Doom Patrol leading the charge on HBO Max; and a Green Lantern series in the pipeline, the future of the DC Universe seems to be in very safe hands.

Thanks for the memories, Black Lightning. You will be missed.


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