Jordan Calloway becomes series regular for season 2 of ‘Black Lightning’ so fan of the hit CW series will see more of Khalil Payne aka DC Comic’s new villain Painkiller.
During Black Lightning‘s Comic-Con 2018 panel on Saturday, executive producer Salim Akil announced Calloway, who recurred in season 1 as Khalil Payne, had been promoted to series regular for the new season, which premieres this fall. When the show returns, Khalil will officially be the DC Comics villain Painkiller. In other words, Black Lightning (Cress Williams) and Thunder (Nafessa Williams) better watch out.
“I’m thrilled to have Jordan upped as a series regular,” said Akil in a press release. “He was a great asset to our show in the role of Khalil/Painkiller during season one, and now that he has evolved into Painkiller, I can’t wait for you all to see him in season two.”
In season 1, Khalil was introduced as a promising high school athlete who was interested in Jefferson Pierce’s daughter Jennifer (China Anne McClain). Unfortunately, Khalil was injured by stray bullet. It left him paralyzed and resentful of Freeland’s black Jesus hero Black Lightning. Leaving Big bad Tobias Whale (Marvin Jones III) the chance to take advantage of that resentment. He recruited Khalil by giving him the ability to walk again; however, the procedure had a couple side effects. It increased Khalil’s strength and turned his blood into a powerful venom that could paralyze anyone. The athlete-turned-henchman showed off his powers when he attacked Jefferson’s high school.
Personal Opinion: I definitely saw this coming. At first, I didn’t like that they just forgot all about Khalil’s story line. However, when he reappeared towards the end of season 1 again, I knew it was to create the story line for season 2. It’s only right that we see a Jennil showdown. If you aren’t already watching ‘Black Lightning’ you should binge watch to catch up before season 2.