The CW's next DC superhero series, Black Lightning, doesn't premiere until 2018, but the show has already started filling out its roster. Aside from Cress Williams, China Anne McClain, Nafessa Williams, and Christine Adams being cast as the Pierce family, we haven’t heard much about the show’s ancillary characters — until the show's panel at San Diego Comic-Con.
Black Lightning Adds James Remar And Damon Gupton
#SDCC2017 brought news regarding the Black Lightning cast, when it was announced that veteran character actor #JamesRemar would be joining the show, as well as Damon Gupton. Remar is best known for his roles in The Warriors and Dexter, and will be playing the role of Jefferson Pierce's mentor, Peter Gambi.
Gambi is described as a father figure/best friend to Pierce, and helps him remember where he comes from, urging him to be a better hero. The show’s premise revolves around Jefferson Pierce being an older hero that has just come out of retirement, so it makes sense that he would have someone that's been helping him since the beginning.
Unlike the other CW superheroes, #BlackLightning has been in the hero business for a long time, and presumably Remar’s character has been beside him for a long time too.
Pierce will also have to forge new alliances once he comes out of retirement, and that’s where Damon Gupton’s character comes in. Gupton will be playing Inspector Henderson, a police officer who forges an unlikely alliance with Pierce. At first, this sounds a lot like the relationship between Commissioner Gordan and Batman; however, Henderson views Pierce as a means to an end, rather than as a hero.
Black Lightning will be a very different type of show than its fellow CW superhero programs, and will focus on aspects of race, police brutality and what it means to be a hero as well as to be a father. Back in April, Black Lightning’s producer and writer, Salim Akil, released a statement on the importance of representation for black superheroes, and what Black Lighting will stand for:
“I knew way too much about the world as a young boy growing up in Richmond, California. I was no stranger to violence, death, hopelessness or the feeling that no one cared about what was happening in my life. Comics were a great way for me to escape. I was about 13 when Black Lightning was created, and finally there was a Black Super Hero that gave a damn about our neighborhood and our lives. Resurrecting him at a time in our society when a sense of hope is lacking... Black Lightning will be that hope. And in updating the suit, it will signal to a new generation that it’s time to harness and release our power, and become our own Super Heroes.”
Black Lightning will tackle real complex issues that people face every day. So far, the cast looks amazing, with James Remar and Damon Gupton being great additions. We can’t wait to see Black Lightning when it premieres on The CW in 2018.
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(Source: Den of Geek)