Painkiller to Spin Off From Black Lightning
Painkiller is getting his own DC TV Series from The CW. The anti-hero, played by Jordan Calloway, will be getting a spin-off from the Black Lightning television series via a backdoor pilot. The CW has ordered the backdoor pilot, which will air during the upcoming season of Black Lightning as an episode. Black Lightning‘s showrunner and creator Salim Akil will write, produce, and direct the pilot.
Painkiller’s New Life Turned Upside Down
According to Variety, the new show has Painkiller, aka Khalil Payne, leave Freeland City to start a new life:
“Based on characters created for DC by Tony Isabella with Eddie Newell, “Painkiller” follows Khalil Payne (Calloway), a young man ridden with the guilt of his troubled past from his former life in Freeland City. 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 thrust 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 CWverse Expands
This is not the first time a show has spun out of another CW/DC television show. Perennial favorite The Flash spun out of the second season of Arrow, creating what was then dubbed “the Arrowverse”. Further series, such as Legends of Tomorrow also expanded the Arrowverse and created an intricate and interconnected television universe. With the end of Arrow, the name quickly changed to “The CWverse”, a move some have found controversial. This is also not the first potential spin-off in the post-Arrow era. A backdoor pilot focusing on the Canaries and the new Green Arrow helped end Arrow’s final season.
Word of the Nerd will continue to keep an eye on this developing story.