CW ‘Black Lightning’ Boss Hints at Whale of a Season 1 Villain
The CW’s Black Lightning stands somewhat open-ended, with its own separate universe and likely 2018 premiere. Its first trailer likewise only hinted at a major villain, but new comments from producer Salim Akil suggest a familiar DC villain will provide blubbery menace for Season 1.
The same ATX Television Festival panel (h/t International Business Times) that saw Salim discussing Arrow-verse crossvers and the potential to meet DC’s Static tipped toward the series’ major villain. Comic fans likely recognized “The 100” gang from the first trailer, while Salim name-dropped “Tobias” (likely Tobias Whale) as our big bad:
It’s a character driven show. I don’t know if there’s going to be a fight every week. There’s certainly not going to be a villain of the week. I don’t want to do that. We really want to explore the characters, even the villains. I think one of the most interesting characters right now from a storytelling standpoint is Tobias. Because we’re not having him sort of twist his mustache. His hatred for himself and for others comes from a real place, so we want to know why he’s like that.
The inclusion of Tobias Whale certainly makes sense, as 1977’s Black Lightning #1 first introduced the villain, eventually defining him as an African-American albino and leader of The 100. Jefferson Pierce’s conflict with the gang cost the life of one of his students, which the CW trailer seemingly grafted toward his daughter, Jennifer Pierce (China Anne McClain).
In addition to Hart of Dixie alum Cress Wiliams in the title role, Black Lightning will see Christine Adams as Jefferson’s ex-wife Lynn, along with Twin Peaks star Nafessa Williams as Jefferson’s older daughter Anissa Pierce. Both siblings later take on the comic identities of Thunder and Lightning.
Black Lightning won’t arrive until midseason, so watch the trailer below and stay tuned for the latest.