TV series and movie franchises based on comic book superhero properties are now so ubiquitous that it’s becoming quite common for actors to appear in multiple different iterations on the same theme: Ray Stevenson went from playing The Punisher to one of Thor’s Warriors Three, Chris Evans was The Human Torch before he was Captain America and Batman Michael Keaton will rejoin the genre as The Vulture in the upcoming Marvel feature Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Now, superhero fans can add a new name to the ever-growing list of actors who just can’t stay away from the increasingly-dominant genre: Christine Adams, formerly “Agent Weaver” on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., will make the jump to the DC Extended Universe after landing a much sought-after supporting role in the highly-anticipated CW series Black Lightning. She will portray the title character’s ex-wife Lynn, whom Deadline describes as exuding “confidence and intelligence. Although she’s got a mischievous side, she’s not one to be trifled with when it comes to family.”
A veteran of both film and television, Adams has appeared in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Tron Legacy, Feed The Beast and the sci-fi series Terra Nova. On Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., her character of Agent Weaver was the head of the Agency’s Science & Technology Division and the mentor of series regulars Leo Fitz and Jemma Simmons. Originally appearing only once in Season 1, she made a surprise return in Season 2 as a member of the battleship based “Second S.H.I.E.L.D.” that figured prominently in the S.H.I.E.L.D/Inhumans War. Her character has not reappeared on the series since, and her current status remains unconfirmed.
Created by onetime Luke Cage and Black Goliath scribe Tony Isabella in 1977, Black Lightning was the first DC Comics series to be headlined by a Black superhero. Though the original series lasted only 11 issues, the character was later revived as part of Batman & The Outsiders in 1983 and gradually became a fan favorite who now regularly appears across the DC Comics Universe. The new series is expected to break ranks with other more Millennial-centered CW DCEU series by featuring an older adult superhero, framing Cress Williams’ Black Lightning (real name: Jefferson Pierce) as a veteran costumed-crimefighter who comes out of retirement in order to aid his vigilantism-inclined daughter and protect his city from crime.
Black Lightning does not yet have a confirmed release date for The CW. If the series is picked up, the network is expected to begin running its DCEU properties at different times of the year, as opposed to running five nights all focused on superhero projects.