Black Lightning continues to excite superhero fans with its realistic and intriguing story. The story of Jefferson Pierce and his daughters Anissa and Jennifer fighting to save their town of Freeland interests many. These fans are likely happy that there are going to be more stories of their favorite heroes and villains.
When was ‘Black Lightning’ renewed and why might it have been so early?
On January 7, 2020, the official Black Lightning Twitter account confirmed that the show has been renewed for season 4. Posting a picture of Jefferson and his daughters in their superhero costumes with the word “renewed” across their legs. The account said, “The power of lightning. [Black Lightning] has been renewed for season 4.”
Luckily, for fans, this renewal comes before season 3 is even finished. Or, indeed, before its 2020 return. Some may wonder, however, why it’s renewed so early. According to Kayti Burt at Den of Geek, CW President Mark Pedowitz said: “Early orders for next season give our production teams a head start in plotting out story arcs and a jump on hiring staff, and this also provides [the CW network] with a strong foundation of established, fan-favorite CW shows to build on for next season.”
So Black Lightning is not the only show to benefit from this early renewal. Thirteen of the shows on the network have already been renewed. The CW has renewed shows early before. According to Nellie Andreeva of Deadline, it has been common for Pedowitz to renew shows around this time.
Yet the site suggests that there might be another reason why the renewal for the CW shows is so early. Andreeva mentions that TV studios are preparing for a writer’s strike before they renegotiate with the WGA. Renewing shows early will allow scripts to be finished earlier and limit any negative effects from writers not working.
What are fans saying about ‘Black Lightning’ Season 4?
Fans are probably excited to know that they will see their favorite heroes again in Black Lightning season 4. One fan on Twitter says that “Lightning has managed to strike twice, three times, and now four! Pure excellence all around!” Another fan tweets that “This is amazing news.”
This fan goes on to say that “It’s time to promote [Chantal Thuy, who plays Grace Choi to] series regular for [Black Lightning] season 4. Yet another fan says “Congratulations to such an amazing cast, crew, writers! It is well deserved. I absolutely can’t wait for what’s to come.”
Everyone loves Grace Choi and is excited for more ‘Black Lightning’
Another fan echoes an earlier fan’s sentiment by saying that “The next announcement should be that [Chantal Thuy] is a series regular. Commit to #Thundergrace.” For those of you unaware, Thundergrace is the name fans have come up with for Anissa and Grace’s relationship. A Twitter user says that they “love this show [and have] been a big fan since season one.”
This fan continues by saying that they are “looking forward to more great episodes, and many more great seasons.” Another fan adds that they think “this show has been getting better every season.” While yet another says that “this is the best show on TV thanks to the awesome [writers and network]. The cast is great.”