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For those looking forward to The CW’s ‘Black Lightning‘ we’ve just learned that his main enemy in the first season will be Tobias Whale. For those unfamiliar with the character he is the man in charge of the 100 gang and has been part of the comic series since the very beginning. The two have long been at war with one another until Whale was finally defeated.

Tobias’ goal is to be a long-term villain and not be a week by week enemy that many of The CW’s shows tend to do. According to executive producer Salim Akil:

“It’s a character driven show. I don’t know if there’s going to be a fight every week. There’s certainly not going to be a villain of the week. I don’t want to do that. We really want to explore the characters, even the villains. I think one of the most interesting characters right now from a storytelling standpoint is Tobias. Because we’re not having him sort of twist his mustache. His hatred for himself and for others comes from a real place, so we want to know why he’s like that.”

With the show being “a character-based family drama” it would make sense to have someone who would have a deep-rooted past with Black Lightning as well as someone who could be developed over time.

We’ve previously been told that ‘Black Lightning’ isn’t set directly in The Arrowverse however:

“The storytelling is a little bit more political. It’s topical, and it’s a little grittier. … It doesn’t mean that down the road there won’t be visits.”

That could be great news for fans who have been wanting an extensive crossover with all of The CW’s shows further down the line.

Are you looking forward to ‘Black Lightning’? Do you feel that Tobias Whale is the perfect enemy for him to square off against in the first season and beyond? Share your thoughts below!

‘Black Lightning’ is expected to debut on the CW sometime in late 2017.

Source: International Business Times