A couple of weeks ago, it was reported that DC’s Stargirl S2 had cast Jim Gaffigan in a voiceover role as Thunderbolt. The classic member of the JSA would finally get his chance to shine in live-action! The question fans of the series had wondered if the show would introduce his second partner, Jakeem Willams? Well, look no further!
According to an exclusive from the Decider, The CW has cast Alkoya Brunson in the role of Jakeem Thunder! The article notes that this will be a recurring role in the show’s upcoming sophomore season. Some TV shows Brunson has appeared in are The CW’s The Originals, Netflix’s Malibu Rescue, and the short-lived CBS series Me, Myself, and I.
Jakeem Willams aka Jakeem Thunder or J.J. Thunder made his first DC Comics appearance in The Flash #134. He was created by comic book legends Grant Morrison, Mark Millar, and Paul Ryan. Like the other members of the JSA, Jakeem was a legacy character having picked up the Thunderbolt pen after its previous user, Johhny Thunder, lost control of the pink genie’s power. When Jakeem clicks Thunderbolt’s pen he utters the phrase “So cool” which made him different from Johnny. After joining the Justice Society of America, Courtney formed a strong bond with Jakeem as her friend and mentor.
Like from Gaffigan’s character description on Thunderbolt, expect to see some mischief and mayhem from this new superhero duo! Stargirl’s second season will arrive on The CW sometime in 2021. In the meantime, The CW has added new timeslots for the upcoming returns of the Arrowverse shows. The second season of Batwoman starring Javicia Leslie premieres on Sunday, Jan.17th. The fourth season of Black Lightning premieres on Monday, Feb.8th. Lastly, the seventh season of The Flash along with the series premiere of Superman and Lois premieres on Tuesday, Feb. 23.
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