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The CWverse just got a little bigger! “Black Lightning” is getting a spin-off starring Jordan Calloway in “Painkiller!”

As you may recall Painkiller is a former adversary of Black Lighting (Cress Williams) and the love interest of his youngest daughter, Lightning (China Anne McClain). At the end of the fourth season he allied himself with Black Lightning and other heroes from Freeland to defeat the mercenary Gravedigger (Wayne Brady), a rogue secret American agency, and an invading army!

However, now he is seemingly on a path to redemption after being forced to commit unspeakable crimes, including killing his own mother!

via Deadline

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Black Lightning is getting a spinoff, with the CW developing a backdoor pilot around the Painkiller character.

Painkiller will star Jordan Calloway, reprising his role as the eponymous character. The planted pilot spinoff will air as the seventh episode of Black Lightning’s fourth season, which will premiere in February 2021. Black Lightning showrunner Salim Akil will write, exec produce and direct.

It marks the first pilot based on a DC Comics character for this broadcast development season and is the CW’s latest planted pilot development. Last year, the network planted potential spinoffs of Arrow and The 100.

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 spinoff is from Warner Bros Television. Berlanti Productions, which produces Black Lightning and all other DC series, is not involved.

Painkiller, who first appeared in comics in 1995, is based on characters created for DC by Tony Isabella with Eddie Newell.

We are excited to hear about this spin-off! Painkiller reminds us of a cross between Marvel Comics’ character Killmonger and The Winter Soldier!

We hope the series will still crossover with the other DC Comics based series, especially its parent series. After all an expanding CWverse one is a great one!

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SPOILER ALERT! “WandaVision” Resurrects Fox’s X-Men’s Quicksilver!

Fans have been clamoring for The X-Men to appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) since Disney was in talks to purchase Twentieth Century Fox.

It seems they may finally have their wish courtesy of WandaVision’s fifth episode! Wanda Maximoff, AKA The Scarlet Witch, used her growing reality warping powers to resurrect her twin brother, the speedster, Pietro Maximoff, AKA Quicksilver.

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Fans have been clamoring for The X-Men to appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) since Disney was in talks to purchase Twentieth Century Fox.

It seems they may finally have their wish courtesy of WandaVision’s fifth episode! Wanda Maximoff, AKA The Scarlet Witch, used her growing reality warping powers to resurrect–and recast–her twin brother, the speedster, Pietro Maximoff, AKA Quicksilver.

However, the version of Quicksilver, resurrected is in actuality the one from Twentieth Century Fox’s X-Men played by Evan Peters, not the one originally played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson and killed in “Avengers: Age of Ultron!” This news is big as it marks the first character from Fox to appear in the MCU!

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This development is huge as it ties the two realities of the MCU and Twentieth Century Fox’s together! It has long been suspected that Wanda may actually have a lot to do with the origins of mutants in the MCU. Her reality warping powers in the comics nearly wiped out the mutant population; however, as a plot twist, in the MCU she may very well be the cause of their creation.

As you may already know from watching WandaVision, Wanda is having a nervous breakdown, and with her powers has quarantined and taken a New Jersey hostage, telepathically controlling them to do her bidding. She has even resurrected her “synethezoid” lover, Vision, and created twin sons, William and Thomas–who have powers of their own, seemingly.

WandaVision now ties Fox’s X-Men into the MCU with the appearance of Evan Peters’ Quicksilver and connects to the larger universe with the appearance of Monica Rambeau/Photon to Captain Marvel. We cannot wait to see what develops next in this series, but we do know in the long run, Wanda will appear in “Doctor Strange: Multiverse of Madness.” Since she has already seemingly reached into the multiverse and plucked a new Quicksilver the possibilities and stories involving the MCU have increased exponentially!

What do you guys think of the latest episode of WandaVision? Sound off in the comments’ section below!

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WINNING! Viral BLM Activist & Author, Kimberly Latrice Jones, Strikes Overall Deal w/ Warner Bros. Television Group!

Congratulations are in order for viral Black Lives Matter activist and the author of the critically acclaimed novel, “I’m Not Dying With You Tonight,” Kimberly Latrice Jones! It is being reported she has struck an overall deal with Warner Bros. Television!

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Congratulations are in order for viral Black Lives Matter activist and the author of the critically acclaimed novel, “I’m Not Dying With You Tonight,” Kimberly Latrice Jones! It is being reported she has struck an overall deal with Warner Bros. Television!

via Deadline

Jones is the co-author of I’m Not Dying With You Tonight, alongside attorney Gilly Segal, a YA novel that focuses on prejudice and the racial tension in America. The film rights to the book were optioned earlier this summer by producer Autumn Bailey-Ford of Prominent Productions.

She has subsequently signed an exclusive multi-year deal with the studio to develop and produce original programming. This will include shows for broadcast, cable and streaming in scripted drama, comedy, unscripted and digital series.

The latter is particularly relevant given that Jones went viral over the summer following the killing of George Floyd, when she posted a nearly seven minute video – How Can We Win – that spoke to the anguish, fear, and outrage felt by Black people in America, and used a Monopoly analogy to address the history of systemic racism and economic inequity that persists in this country. The video, which has over 2M views on YouTube, was featured on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.

She also has a publishing deal with Henry Holt and Co. to write two new books. The first, to be published in 2021, is How We Can Win: Race, History and Changing the Money Game That’s Rigged, which will continue the conversation from that video.

A former bookseller, Jones now hosts the Atlanta chapter of the popular Well-Read Black Girl book club and has also worked in film and television with the likes of Tyler Perry, Whitney Houston, and 8Ball & MJG.

Kimberly Latrice Jones said, “Storytelling is an essential component in my journey. It’s a rich educational tool and I’m thrilled to have such an exciting new platform.”

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We have known Kimberly for years and she is a personal friend. This is nothing short of amazing and she has worked her entire life for it. We are sure she is going to create amazing programming for the culture, her community, and just great work in general. It is only up from here queen! Keep shining!

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WHY!? The CW Cancels “Black Lightning” After Upcoming Season!

In shocking news, The CW has opted to cancel its seemingly hit series, “Black Lightning” after its upcoming fourth season; despite green lighting a spin-off series, “Painkiller!”

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In shocking news, The CW has opted to cancel its seemingly hit series, “Black Lightning” after its upcoming fourth season; despite green lighting a spin-off series, “Painkiller!”

The series’ cancellation was announced by its showrunner, Salim Akil:

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“When we first started the Black Lighting journey, I knew that Jefferson Pierce and his family of powerful Black Women would be a unique addition to the superhero genre,” series developer and executive producer Salim Akil said in a statement. “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.”

“Thank you to the phenomenal cast, writers, and crew without whom none of this would’ve been possible,” he continued. “I’m incredibly proud of the work we’ve been able to do and the moments we’ve been able to create in bringing DC’s first African-American family of superheroes to life for the culture. I’m very grateful to Peter Roth, Warner Bros. TV, Mark Pedowitz, The CW Network and Greg Berlanti for their partnership and support of my vision at every step of this journey. While Season Four may be the end of one journey, I’m extremely excited to usher in a new chapter and continued collaboration with The CW as we tell the story of Painkiller.”

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Jordan Calloway as “Painkiller”

We have to tell you we are NOT here for this cancellation. Black Lightning was one of the first Black led series on The CW in years since it was formed from the merger of The WB and UPN networks. Black Lightning and Painkiller can easily coexist on the network. Also, with Batwoman not starring Javicia Leslie and the All American being a hit series; we wonder if this is an attempt to keep The CW from being perceived as being “too Black?”

This marks the second series to be canceled on The CW after its upcoming 2021 season, the other being Supergirl. We sure are going to miss The Pierces…

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