'Painkiller': 'Black Lightning' Spinoff Not Moving Forward At The CW
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'Painkiller': 'Black Lightning' Spinoff Not Moving Forward At The CW

Sources tell Shadow and Act that Painkillerthe potential Black Lightning spinoff, is not moving forward at The CW. Warner Bros. TV is likely to shop the series around.

It would have started Jordan Calloway, reprising the titular role as Khalil Payne / Painkiller. The backdoor pilot was the seventh episode of the Black Lightning‘s fourth and final season.

Based on characters created for DC by Tony Isabella with Eddie Newell, Black Lightning creator Salim Akil was the writer, director and executive producer.

Here’s the logline: Khalil Payne (Jordan Calloway) is a young 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 Khalil Payne and Painkiller.   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, Painkiller.

The series was also set to star Sibongile Mlambo, Alexander Hodge and James Roch.

As we reported earlier on Monday, The CW is moving forward with three pilots that they’ve ordered to series: All American: Homecoming, Naomi and 4400. Powerpuff is being reworked and repiloted for off-cycle consideration and Tom Swift remains in contention.

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