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The CW’s Black Lightning has cast its Looker…

September 12th, 2018 by Marc Comments

We reported a couple of weeks back that Black Lightning Season 2 was looking to bump up its hero roster with the character of Looker and now we can confirm she has been cast.

The character will be played by young actress Sofia Vassilieva (below) – who has also appeared in Supergirl and Lucifer, so here DC credentials are already in place.

Looker in the comics was a one-time member of The Outsiders and was a psionic vampire, however, it’s not known if that’s the version we’ll see in black Lightning… although we damn well hope it is!

Showrunner Salim Akil had little to say on the character but did say this“It’s really going to be interesting, the way we approach that story…. I think people will enjoy it, but also be challenged by it.”

In the series Looker is rumoured to be described as “a youthful looking woman with a soul that has lived for a long time, whose eyes are ethereal and whose look is penetrating.”

Man, we think a vampire in the Black Lightning universe would open it up in awesome ways…


First appearing in Batman and the Outsiders #25, the woman who became known as Looker was originally a mousy bank teller named Emily Briggs. Abducted by the emissaries of the underground city of Abyssia, Emily was exposed to the radiation of a piece of Haley’s Comet. This triggered her metagene and awoke her latent mental powers. It also enhanced Emily’s body to be healthier and more conventionally attractive, leaving Emily able to control the minds of anyone she couldn’t charm naturally. She would join The Outsiders and go on to become one of the team’s most steadfast supporters.

Later, Emily was transformed into a vampire, though her psionic abilities enhancing her body made her largely immune to the standard vampire weaknesses, such as sunlight and holy objects. Ironically, the  experience left her stronger, as she was able to make use of the full array of vampiric powers (such as transforming into mist or various animal forms) at night. Unfortunately, she still had to drink blood in order to survive and she was susceptible to a blood lust that drove her to attack her teammates more than once.

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….