Expect to see a lot more of Khalil Payne on Black Lightning next season.
Revealed during the show's panel this afternoon at San Diego Comic Con, the DC Entertainment drama has upped Riverdale actor Jordan Calloway to a series regular.
Khalil Payne was a high school All-American track star with dreams of going to the Olympics until a stray bullet severed his spine, leaving him embittered and unable to walk. The villainous Tobias Whale offers the boy legs for loyalty. Khalil accepts the offer and receives cybernetic enhancements that transform him into the Painkiller - a super strong enforcer who is able to generate an anesthetic from his body that causes temporary paralysis when delivered through darts. Now, he serves as a living weapon for the ruthless crime boss as payment for his gifts.
"I’m thrilled to have Jordan upped as a series regular. 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," said showrunner Salim Akil during the panel.
Black Lightning returns for Season 2 on Tuesday, October 9th, at 9/8c on The CW.
Cress Williams, Nafessa Williams, China Anne McClain, and Christine Adams star.
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