This Friday, we learned that yet another Arrowverse series is coming to an end. Black Lightning will conclude on The CW after its upcoming fourth season. Following Arrow wrapping up after eight runs at the beginning of the year, though, and Supergirl announced to finishing with season 6, DC fans have had enough of saying goodbye to their favorite shows in 2020. And here are just some of the heartbroken, frustrated and furious responses going around online right now.
A reasonable reaction.
— Val-Zod (@KingLeoPride) November 21, 2020
We’re gonna miss you, Jefferson!
I’m going to miss Black Lightning.😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/vUddcrJuU3
— Screw You Reviews (@McSincere4000) November 21, 2020
— Debra Bamidele ♿♏ (@Debrabamidele) November 20, 2020
— BaeBae Rose 🌸 (@BaeBaeRose86) November 20, 2020
Anger levels rising…
— Daren/INFOTEX 🏳️🌈 #BLM (@INFOTEXYT) November 20, 2020
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With two series ending since “Crisis on Infinite Earths,” folks are criticizing The CW for rendering its exciting reboot of the Arrowverse redundant.
I’m extremely upset that #BlackLightning is ending after season 4. This is too much. I thought the whole point of the merging rather meant, more episodes and more crossovers! pic.twitter.com/68TMNXLzmG
— Ghostkid31 (@Ghostkid77) November 21, 2020
What is Arrowverse?
At this point. What is arrowverse? Ollie died and made Earth-Prime with all the heroes together. Only for Supergirl and Black Lightning to end. pic.twitter.com/o9tulCpnuk
— Rayna (@mariethesea) November 21, 2020
The League will be looking very different next time they get together.
With #BlackLightning announcing that it’s ending after Season 4, this scene literally becomes more and more pointless😭😭The #Arrowverse finally set up the Justice League only for half of them to leave the next year😭 pic.twitter.com/aCMzfctMJ5
— Sideswipe’s A Boss (@sideswipe_boss) November 20, 2020
Of course, Black Lightning was an important and rare entry in the comic book TV genre thanks to its predominantly black cast and black creatives behind the scenes. So, many are disappointed The CW is pulling the plug on it before it gets to its fifth year.
To be fair to the network, though, the story of Black Lightning will hopefully continue in Painkiller, a proposed spinoff that’s been given a backdoor pilot order by The CW. Jordan Calloway’s Khalil Payne will star in the series, with an episode of season 4 due to set it up. Showrunner Salim Akil will return for the project, too, though it’s currently unclear how many, if any, of the BL cast will hop over.
Black Lightning unfortunately didn’t reach the ratings highs of its fellow Arrowverse series, so this cancellation was perhaps inevitable, though that doesn’t make it any harder to swallow. On the upside, we’ve still got season 4 to come. Don’t miss it when it premieres on The CW on February 8th, 2021.