'Black Lightning' Season 4: Release date, plot, cast, trailer and all you need to know about The CW superhero show

'Black Lightning' Season 4: Release date, plot, cast, trailer and all you need to know about The CW superhero show
The cast of 'Black Lightning' (The CW)

It's been more than a year since the last episode of 'Black Lightning' Season 3 premiered  So Arrowverse fans are eagerly anticipating the return of Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams) and the rest of his super-powered family. Luckily, the drought will be over soon, and the 'Black Lightning' will strike again, for the last time. The fourth season of the show is releasing on February 8 2021.

The upcoming season will be the final go-round for 'Black Lightning,' DC's first Black-led series and comic. The announcement for the fourth season was made in November 2020.


"When we first started the Black Lightning journey, I knew that Jefferson Pierce and his family of powerful Black Women would be a unique addition to the super hero genre," executive producer Salim Akil said in a statement to Variety.


"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."  

On May 14, 2020, The CW announced that the season wouldn't premiere until January 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Here is everything you need to know about the upcoming show: 


Release Date

Season 4 of the 'Black Lightning' will release on February 8, 2021, only on The CW channel.


According to Variety, it will follow Khalil Payne as he moves to a new city called Akashic Valley and tries to put Painkiller and his history of violence behind him. But that doesn't work out, of course, and he will have come to terms with his dark side in order to be on the side of the light.



The cast of 'Black Lightning' will see some significant changes in Season 4 in the form of major character exits, but most of the main cast will be back for the whole season. Cress Williams will, of course, be back as Jefferson Pierce/Black Lightning, as will Nafessa Williams and China Anne McClain as his superhero daughters Anissa Pierce/Thunder/Blackbird and Jennifer Pierce/Lightning.


Cress Williams

Cress Williams (Getty Images)

Cress Williams was born in Heidelberg, Germany on July 26, 1970. His parents are African-American and nothing more is said about them. After he was born, his family moved to Chicago and Williams grew up mostly in Orange County.


According to an interview with Variety, he became interested in acting because he grew up watching movies and television shows. After graduating high school, he decided to go to college and major in theater. He attended Fullerton College, a two-year college where he stayed for four years to really hone his craft. After attending Fullerton College, Williams went to UCLA. He was in the middle of finishing up his time in college when he got a role on 'Beverly Hills 90210'. The actor recalls just how much he didn’t know at the time, as it was his first time on a TV set. He didn’t even know how he was going to eat, since he had any money.


Williams is known for many roles, from 'Grey’s Anatomy' to 'Hart of Dixie', and on 'Friday Night Lights'. For Williams, “it was an actor’s dream because the goal was just to do the best you could to bring your character to life, bring the scenes to life.”

Nafessa Williams

Nafessa Williams (Getty Images)


Born on 4 December 1985, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Nafessa Williams plays the character of Anissa Pierce in 'Black Lightning'. Pierce is a medical student and black-rights activist, who learned of her superhuman powers in the first series. She is one of three lead characters in the same family. Cress Williams plays the part of her father.

In May 2012, Williams appeared on the CBS soap opera 'The Bold and the Beautiful'. However, her role was short-lived, only appearing in two episodes. In 2015, Williams appeared in the Queen Latifah executive produced the feature film 'Brotherly Love', opposite Keke Palmer.



'Black Lightning' hails from Berlanti Productions and Akil Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. The series was developed for TV by Akil. Mara Brock Akil also executive produces, along with Berlanti and Sarah Schechter of Berlanti Productions, Charles D. Holland and Pat Charles.


You can watch the trailer of the show here


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