The CW has pumped out fan-favorite series after fan-favorite series in the DC universe, and the network's next project is one of its most ambitious to date. Black Lightning largely looks like nothing else we have seen from the folks behind the Arrow-verse (which it's currently won't be a part of), and it has assembled a wonderfully talented cast to pad its ranks. Now it looks like that cast has officially grown by one, as Black Lightning has just added Fear the Walking Dead newcomer Edwina Findley for a delightfully villainous role.
Edwina Findley has officially signed on for the freshman season of The CW's Black Lightning. Although we haven't seen anything from the character that she will portray, Deadline reports that that she will step into the shoes of Tori, the sister of series big bad Tobias Whale. Described as "beautiful," "cunning," and "charming," Tori's soft exterior is apparently an elaborate ruse that hides a deadly badass lurking underneath the surface.
All things being equal, that sounds like a substantial step forward for Edwina Findley, as she only recently wowed audiences with her portrayal of Diana on AMC's Fear the Walking Dead. An anti-heroine with a bit of a loner streak (she feels quite reminiscent of Michonne in that regard), Findley proved herself as a quick scene-stealer during her recent run-in with Alycia, and Black Lightning fans can look forward to an excellent new character if she brings that same intensity to The CW series.
Judging by the rest of her filmography, it's pretty clear that Edwina Findley is no slouch in the acting department. In addition to her recurring role on Fear the Walking Dead and her upcoming role on Black Lightning, she also has TV credits on Brothers and Sisters, The Wire, and a starring role on If Loving You is Wrong. On the silver screen, she has appeared in Get Hard, as well as Insidious: Chapter 2.
Black Lightning looks like it's shaping up to become one of the more exciting superhero TV shows in recent memory. Primed as a gritty crime drama that leans into topical ideas of racial inequality and police brutality, the show follows retired DC superhero and current high school administrator Jefferson Pierce as he returns to the persona of Black Lightning after giving up the superhero identity years earlier. Armed with the ability to control electricity, he takes to the streets to exact his brand of justice once his daughter gets mixed up with a deadly gang. Everything that we have seen from Black Lightning thus far promises a visually fantastic (but still grounded and dirty) comic book series.
Black Lightning is currently aiming to join The CW's small screen DC slate in 2018 during the midseason premiere schedule. As for the rest of the DC TV properties, Supergirl Season 3, The Flash Season 4, Legends of Tomorrow Season 3, and Arrow Season 6 all debuted this week (with plenty more debuts on the way, as noted in our fall premiere schedule), so let us know what you thought of all of these premieres in the comments below!