Black Lightning won't have 'freak of the week' villains

Black Lightning villains

Greg Berlanti’s latest superhero project at The CW is Black Lightning. It’s the mega-producer’s fifth DC series at the network, following Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl and Legends Of Tomorrow.

The show will follow Jefferson Pierce, aka Black Lightning, a former superhero – with electical abilities – who is drawn out of retirement when a younger generation is put in danger. Cress Williams is in that role.

The showrunners are Salim Akil and Mara Brock Akil, the former of whom has now been chatting about the villainous presence in the series. He’s against the idea of ‘freak of the week’ villains and shoehorned battles, by the sounds of it.

“It’s a character-driven show. I don’t know if there’s going to be a fight every week,”  Akil said told International Business Times, teasing at a significant departure from The CW’s superhero series formula.

Instead, more time will be spent nurturing the main villain: a chap named Tobias. CBR reckons this could be a live action version of Tobias Whale from the comics (pictured), a member of the criminal cartel The 100 (who have already been confirmed for the show).

“There’s certainly not going to be a villain of the week”, Akil added. “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.”

We’ll keep you updated as we hear more.

Black Lightning release date

The first season of Black Lightning is set to debut in the midseason break of the other DC shows’ next runs. We’d expect a January 2018 release date, then, or something along those lines. We’ll let you know when an exact date is confirmed.

More as we hear it. We’ve also got a trailer, poster and synopsis on page 2 of this article…

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