Black Lightning was one of the biggest DC hits for The CW as Jefferson Pierce came to life in live-action from Salim Akil and Mara Brock Akil. After a successful first season, we are getting closer and closer to the arrival of the highly anticipated second season which will premiere this October.
The first season focused heavily on the Pierce family as Anissa and Jennifer began to develop their powers. But that didn’t stop the show from hinting slightly at the formation of the team Outsiders which Jefferson and Anissa have been members of in the comics. We even had the appearance of Grace Choi who is coming back for Season 2. But it appears we are getting another Outsiders member in the second season from the DC Comics world who was briefly mentioned in Season 1!
One of the recent casting calls That Hashtag Show has gotten ahold of, is the character of Looker who does exist in the comics. The show is looking to cast a Caucasian actress in her early 20s who would be a major recurring guest star. Looker is described as a youthful looking woman with a soul that has lived for a long time, whose eyes are ethereal and whose look is penetrating. The breakdown specifically asks for submission of star names for discussion.
Making her first appearance in Batman and The Outsiders #25 back in September 1985, Emily Briggs a.k.a. Looker had her life changed forever after being kidnapped by emissaries of Abyssia. Being forced to be exposed to the rays of a piece from the Halley’s Comet, Emily underwent a transformation that left her incredibly beautiful as well as formidably powerful. Later in her comics history, Emily ended up being attacked by a vampire, causing her to become one herself. The mention we got in Season 1 was by Grace when she asked Anissa if she wanted to cosplay characters like Supergirl or Looker.
The part about her looking young, but yet having a soul that has lived for a long time could be a nod to her being a vampire as they’re known for not aging. But that is just speculation on our part. Whether or not she will have powers remains to be seen. But given that she is going to be a major recurring guest star in Season 2 is exciting, as we might see the potential expansion of the Outsiders, as we get closer to seeing that team possibly coming to life, if the show is going in that direction.
In addition to that, the second season of Black Lightning is also looking to add the possibly recurring character of Janga. The character is described as an African-American male in his late 20s who is both bad-ass and strong fighter. Last, but not least, we have the character of Thierry who is described as an African-American male in his late 50s. Thierry is seen as a daunting leader as well as a dad who is sweet and powerful. Not only is he in great physical shape, Thierry also has a piercing stare. While we don’t know if he is a guest star or recurring, the breakdown describes Thierry as being deaf and that the actor must be able to sign ASL and be fluent in it and be hearing impaired.
Black Lightning Season 2 is set to premiere on Tuesday, October 9 at 9/8c on The CW, right after The Flash Season 5 premiere! Are you excited about the Outsiders potentially expanding on Black Lightning? Sound off in the comments below and be sure to stay tuned here on That Hashtag Show for everything trending in geek pop culture!