The “Black Lightning” universe is expanding as The CW is developing a “Painkiller” pilot spinoff starring Jordan Calloway.
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.
The “Painkiller” planted pilot spinoff will air in February 2021 as the seventh episode of “Black Lightning” season four.
Showrunner Salim Akil will write, executive produce, and direct the series.
“Black Lightning” star Christine Adams took to Instagram to congratulation Jordan Calloway on his forthcoming spinoff, writing:
I love this fool so much and I’m so happy he is getting his own spinoff as #painkiller. His win is our win. Proud of you ? You deserve it @j_calloway6. Now OWN IT!! ? @cw_blacklightning
See her original post below:
Congrats to Jordan – this is huge!