Black Lightning is getting a spin-off series with The CW developing a backdoor pilot around Painkiller. That’s right, Painkiller will star Jordan Calloway reprising his role as the character. The backdoor pilot will be the seventh episode of Black Lightning season four. We do know that Salim Akil will be writing, executive producing, and directing this episode. It makes sense given that he knows the character best from a writing stand point.
Continuing from there we have the synopsis for the upcoming episode that will be our pilot.
“Calloway plays Khalil Payne, a man ridden with the guilt of his troubled past from his former life in Freeland City, where, as a super-enhanced killing machine known as Painkiller he was both a member of Tobias Whale’s gang and a weapon of Agent Odell and the shadowy ASA.
After attempting to bury the darker, devastatingly lethal Painkiller part of his persona, Khalil has distanced himself away from everyone he knows and loves in a new city, Akashic Valley, in order to find peace, but peace never comes easy for men with pasts like his. As his violent, destructive history crashes his idyllic new beginning, Khalil is thrusted back into action with a new mission: bring justice where he once gave out punishment. But to do that, he will first have to deal with and harness his darker side.”
I have to say that I’m hoping this gets green-lit. I don’t think we’re getting Green Arrow and The Canaries as we still haven’t heard any news regarding the show. It would be nice to have another black superhero show out in the world given that currently Black Lightning is the only one we have right now. So I’m hoping fans will show up and CW will give it a series order. As always, let us know what you think down below and I’ll talk to you later.