The Painkiller character is getting its own series and will be a spinoff from the Backlighting DC show on The CW.
Details include Painkiller will star Jordan Calloway, who reprises his role as the titular character, with an episode from Black Lighting serving as the backdoor pilot.
The Painkiller pilot spinoff will air as the seventh episode of Black Lightning’s upcoming fourth season, which is set to premiere in February 2021. Black Lightning showrunner Salim Akil will write, exec produce, and direct.
Khalil Payne, aka Painkiller, is described as 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.
In addition to Painkiller, Arrow has a potential spinoff with Green Arrow and the Canaries, but hasn't been yet ordered to a series and is said to be very much alive.
The Black Lightning series is described as: Jefferson Pierce made his choice: he hung up the suit and his secret identity years ago. But with crime and corruption spreading like wildfire, and those he cares about in the crosshairs of the menacing local gang The One Hundred, he must return as Black Lightning — to save not only his family, but also the soul of his community.