Black Lightning Just Cast A Grammy Award Winner As A Major Villain

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The CW is bringing another superhero to the small screen, and he'll have some pretty major villains all to himself. We already knew who would be playing the big bad of Season 1; now we know of another baddie who will be challenging Jefferson Pierce and Co. in Freeland on the series. Lady Eve is on the way, and she'll be played by none other the multiple Grammy-winning artist Jill Scott.

Jill Scott will play Lady Eve as the owner of a funeral parlor in Freeland who quickly gets in the way of Black Lightning in his war on the gang known as The 100. (No, not that version of The 100.) Lady Eve establishes herself as a bridge between notorious gang leader and supervillain Tobias Whale and a group of corrupt leaders who use her assistance to keep their identities protected, according to Variety. It sounds like the show version of Lady Eve will be a pretty frustrating thorn in the sides of Black Lightning and whoever joins him in his quest to take down Tobias Whale.

If this description of Lady Eve doesn't ring a bell, it's probably because she's definitely one of the lesser-known baddies of DC Comics fame. She hasn't been adapted for television or film time and time again, and she probably doesn't have legions of fans who have been crossing their fingers that she'll turn up on one of The CW's superhero shows. This version of Lady Eve also doesn't sound especially close to the character of the comics, so even DC Comics superfans might have been a little confused.

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The Lady Eve of DC Comics lore first turned up on the page in "Batman and the Outsiders #24" back in 1985. She was a native of Egypt who met the villain known as Kobra when he was out of commission and needed to be nursed back to health. Kobra was able to convince her that she could have a better life with him, and she joined the Kobra Cult and traveled to America. She and Kobra schemed to perfect mind control, but they were stopped by Batman and the Outsiders before their plan could go into effect. Black Lightning's Lady Eve is associated with Tobias Whale rather than Kobra, and it should be interesting to see if the show includes nods to her comic history despite the changes for television.

Sadly, Black Lightning won't debut on The CW until 2018, so we have a while to wait before we get to see Jill Scott in action as Lady Eve. The CW's other four superhero series will be back much sooner, so be sure to swing by our fall TV guide to see when exactly they premiere. If you still need to catch up on the superhero action from seasons past, Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl are all available streaming on Netflix.

Laura Hurley
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Laura turned a lifelong love of television into a valid reason to write and think about TV on a daily basis. She's not a doctor, lawyer, or detective, but watches a lot of them in primetime. Resident of One Chicago, the galaxy far, far away, and Northeast Ohio. Will not time travel and can cite multiple TV shows to explain why. She does, however, want to believe that she can sneak references to The X-Files into daily conversation (and author bios).