Black Lightning has tracked down its big bad. The CW has officially announced that Marvin “Krondon” Jones III will play Tobias Whale, a gang leader who has a murderous history with Jefferson Pierce.
The CW also released the villain’s official character description:
Tobias Whale, an African-American man with albinism, is the leader of Freeland’s most feared gang — The 100. But in the days before Black Lightning, Tobias was a politician, rising up the ranks of local government through corrupt and illegal means. That was until he was brought down by Alvin Pierce, Jefferson’s father. Enraged, Tobias murdered Alvin and was driven underground into exile. It’s here he found a place to rebuild, growing into the violent and methodical leader of The 100 as we find him today. But Black Lightning’s recent return has ignited Tobias’ desire to emerge from the shadows and face his biggest adversary, Jefferson Pierce AKA Black Lightning.
“I was excited about Krondon when I saw his audition,” executive producer Salim Akil said in a statement. “He’s going to make a great Tobias! His authentic street sensibility along with an insightful intelligence is perfect for the Tobias character arc. Not to mention his regal physical bearing will be additive to making our show exciting and different.”
Prior to Black Lightning, Krondon appeared in Harry’s Law. He is better known as a rapper and as a member of the hip hop group Strong Arm Steady. Additionally, he has written for artists such as Snoop Dogg , Dr Dre and Xzibit.
Tobias Whale was introduced in 1977 in DC’s Black Lightning #1 as a criminal who worked his way through the Metropolis branch of the organized-crime group The 100. A longtime nemesis of Black Lightning, Tobias eventually became the CEO of Kord Enterprises, which served as a front for the crime syndicate the Intergang.
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 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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