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(Season two returns Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 9 p.m. on The CW)

Jordan Calloway has been promoted to series regular for season two.

Last season, Jennifer Pierce’s (China Anne McClain) boyfriend Khalil Payne (Calloway) started at the top. The high school athlete bound for the Olympics found his dreams shattered when a bullet meant for Black Lightning (Cress Williams) severed his spine. Looking at life in a wheelchair, he desperately made a deal with the devil, Tobias Whale (Marvin “Krondon” Jones III) and received cybernetic enhancements that transformed him into the Painkiller. The new metahuman, super strong and able to generate an anesthetic from his body that causes temporary paralysis when delivered through darts, is now Tobias’ personal weapon. Fans can expect to see a lot more, in both action and emotional storylines with Jennifer, from Painkiller in season two with news Saturday that Calloway has been upped to series regular.

Fans looking for scoop on what’s to come in season two were left wanting more at Black Lightning’s Comic-Con panel. The 45-minute conversation was mostly a look back at the first season and exploring what the series means for onscreen representation, inclusion and diversity. Even the sizzle reel played at the beginning of the panel was filled only with season one highlights.

But executive producer Salim Akil did give Jones the go-ahead to tease one dangling cliffhanger from last season. What’s in the box? That glowing suitcase from the season one finale is going to return in season two and Tobias Whale has some nefarious plans involving it. “I would like to say it’s the future of Freeland,” Jones says. “I would like to think.”


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