The cast of Black Lightning and show-runner Salim Akil returned to SDCC this past weekend to give us some updates on whats in store in season 2 while also taking us back to season 1 with an electrifying 5 minute sizzle real (posted below) that encapsulates the most important events of Black Lightning season 1.
(Beware, Spoilers Below***)
While video of the panel hasn’t made it’s rounds on the internet yet, word from SDCC and show-runner Salim Akil is that Jordan Calloway (Khalil Payne/Painkiller) has been upped as a series regular for season 2. According to Comicbook.com, Akil had this to say about the character, “I’m thrilled to have Jordan upped to a series regular, he was a great asset to our show in the role of Khalil/Painkiller during season one, and now that he has evolved into Painkiller, I can’t wait for you all to see him in season two.”
While season 2 spoilers were hard to come by, Marvin “Krondon” Jones III (Tobias Whale) had this to say when asked “Whats in the box,” a reference to last seasons briefcase cliffhanger: “I would like to think it’s the future of Freeland. I would like to think.” While we won’t know whats actually in the box until Black Lightning returns October 9th, a synopsis for season 2 has been released (you can check it out below).
Jefferson is not the only one with powers and multiple faces. His oldest daughter, Anissa Pierce (Nafessa Williams) is a medical student, part-time teacher and dedicated social activist. She is also the super hero known as Thunder who possesses the ability to drastically increase her density, giving her invulnerability and super strength for as long as she can hold her breath. Finally, Jefferson’s youngest daughter, Jennifer Pierce (China Anne McClain), is a fiery teen who inherited her father’s athletic gifts but not his desire to be an athlete. Jennifer also inherited super powers. Her body generates pure electrical energy and she possesses the potential to be more powerful than Anissa or Jefferson. Lynn Stewart (Christine Adams) is Jefferson’s ex-wife but they are still very much in love in addition to sharing the load as co-parents. She’s also an accomplished medical researcher who is fast becoming an expert in metahuman medicine. Together, the Pierce family faces the challenges of the declined urban community that is the fictional city of Freeland, including corrupt officials and a menacing gang that calls itself The 100.
Black Lightning premiers October 9th at 9 P.M, after The Flash, only on the CW.
Also, be sure to check out the interview I had with Black Lightning’s Jennifer Pierce (China Ann McClain) here, where we talk SDCC, Luke Cage, and Black Lightning Season 2.