The CW’s Black Lightning has found its Season 1 villain. After adding James Remar and Damon Gupton to the comic book series starring Cress Williams, Nafessa Williams, China Anne McClain, and Christine Adams, the studio has signed rapper Marvin “Krondon” Jones III as DC Comics villain Tobias Whale.
Created by Salim Akil, Mara Brock Akil, and Arrowverse architect Greg Berlanti, the series follows Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams), aka Black Lightning, a metahuman who hung up his cape (so to speak) years ago but has to suit up again when he’s pulled back into the vigilante business.
Created by Tony Isabella and Trevor Von Eeden back in 1977, Tobias Whale first appeared in Black Lightning #1 and was the leader of a villainous organization responsible for Jefferson Pierce becoming Black Lightning in the first place. The character is described by The CW as an:
African-American man with albinism who 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.
Krondon is a solo rapper and front man for Strong Arm Steady, with Black Lightning being his first TV role as series regular. Here's what executive producer Salim Akil said about casting Krondon:
“I was excited about Krondon when I saw his audition. 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.”
What do you think of Krondon playing the villainous Tobias Whale on the CW’s Black Lightning? The series is slated to air sometime in early 2018.