It’s the beginning of the end for Jefferson Pierce and his family as the final season of Black Lightning gets underway tonight in the United States.
The popular Arrowverse drama is wrapping up this year, following an emotionally charged season three finale that saw the death of a beloved main character.
Expect that tragic loss to be a key area of exploration throughout season four, as Pierce threatens to retire his superhero alter-ego once and for all.
While fans of Black Lightning will no doubt be sad to see it end, there is a spin-off series in the works that is set to follow the character of Painkiller (Jordan Calloway) and continue expanding the Arrowverse.
Read on for everything you need to know about Black Lightning season four.
When is Black Lightning season 4 released on Netflix?
There’s no confirmed date for when Black Lightning’s fourth season will arrive on Netflix, but the episodes are expected to appear in the springtime.
In the US, the series returns to screens tonight (8th February) on The CW.
Earlier seasons have had a weekly release on Netflix in the UK, but the streaming service dropped the third outing as a binge watch launch after all episodes had aired in the United States.
Given the lack of a confirmed date, it seems likely that the same approach will be taken with the fourth and final season, which would mean a Netflix release sometime around March/April 2021.
Production on Black Lightning season four was substantially delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, but filming was able to get underway late last year.
What will happen in Black Lightning season 4?
Black Lightning season four will see the eponymous superhero suffer a major identity crisis, as he feels he can no longer protect his family or the city at large.
Judging from the first trailer, it appears that Jefferson will consider quitting the crime-fighting gig altogether, describing his alter ego as “dead”.
“No matter how hard I try to protect my family, it will always end in tragedy,” the character says. “I can no longer be the man I was.”
Of course, his family and allies won’t let him give up so easy and it will be down to them to show Jefferson just how crucial his work as Black Lightning has been to the people of Freeland.
Black Lightning cast
Cress Williams returns as teacher-turned-superhero Black Lightning (also known by his civilian persona Jefferson Pierce). The actor is also known for his earlier work on Prison Break, Grey’s Anatomy and Hart of Dixie.
China Anne McClain (Descendants) and Nafessa Williams (Twin Peaks) return as Jefferson’s daughters, Jennifer and Anissa, who join him in his crime-fighting endeavour.
You can also expect to see more from James Remar as beloved friend Peter Gambi, Christine Adams as neuroscientist Lynn Stewart and Marvin ‘Krondon’ Jones III as the villainous Tobias Whale.
Chantal Thuy will reprise her role as Anissa’s girlfriend Grace Choi, who has been upped to series regular, while Jordan Calloway will also be back as Painkiller – a character in line for his own spin-off show after season four ends.
Although a consistent presence throughout the first three seasons, Damon Gupton will not appear in the fourth as his character was killed off in last year’s shocking finale.
Black Lightning season 4 trailer
The CW revealed the first trailer for Black Lightning season four in January 2021, which sees Jefferson struggling to come to terms with the loss of a close friend.