At Comic-Con International in San Diego’s Black Lightning panel, the CW revealed that veteran character actors James Remar (Dexter) and Damon Gupton (Bates Motel) have boarded the DC Comics-based show as series regulars.
Take a look at official descriptions for each character from an official press release, below.
James Remar (Dexter, Django Unchained, The Warriors) joins the cast as Peter Gambi, the oldest friend of Jefferson Pierce (series star Cress Williams). Gambi is Jefferson’s father figure, mentor and “tailor.” His history with Jefferson goes back farther and deeper than anyone knows, and Gambi’s role in Jefferson’s life will become a painful window into the past that will affect the future of their relationship forever.
Damon Gupton (Bates Motel, Whiplash, La La Land) will play Inspector Henderson, a veteran officer of the law who is now the highest-ranking detective on the force. His role in the community puts him at odds with Black Lightning (Williams), but they soon become unlikely allies.
Created by Tony Isabella and Trevor Von Eeden, Black Lightning first debuted in Black Lightning#1 in 1977. The character was the first major African-American superhero at DC Comics. Isabella was tasked with creating the character due to his work with the Luke Cage character at Marvel Comics. The first season of Black Lightning will see Jefferson going up against a character named Tobias, which is likely a reference to Tobias Whale, a mobster who heads up the One Hundred in the comics.
Debuting on the CW in 2018, Black Lightning is a production of Akil Productions starring Cress Williams, China Anne McClain, Nafessa Williams and Christine Adams
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