Words by Leslie Monet
Jilly from Philly has reached a new level of black-girl-magic as the Grammy Award winning singer trailblazes into the DC Comics world with her debut as super villain Lady Eve on the CW’s hit show Black Lightning coming in 2018.
The showrunner, Salim Akil, has high expectations for the actress and speaks to her natural ability to “embody any character and give them an authentic voice that is both nuanced and richly complex..” Albeit, this isn’t Jill’s first time dabbling in the superhero game. In 2010 she was called on to voice Marvel’s headliner, Storm, in the animated series Black Panther alongside Alfre Woodard and Kerry Washington.
In the new series, Jill is strategically placed as an unpretentious funeral home owner who quickly poses adversity with the main character, Black Lightning, played by Cress Williams. The Lady Eve character first appeared in a 1985 Batman and The Outsiders, in Egypt, when she nursed super villain Kobra back to health and ultimately joined forces with him to implement a massive mind control over the United States Army and blackmail the US government.
Alongside the beauty, film, television and sports industries, comics have followed suit to even the playing field for an underrepresented community of people in America. Hollywood super producers Mara and Brock Akil, Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter have changed the traditional superhero narrative with Black Lightning, a powerful story of black man who happens to be a husband, father, high school principal called to defend his community from the likes of gang crime in an urban setting.
Jill recently tweeted a photo of her dressing room for the role giving her followers a discreet display of mystery that new viewers and diehard DC Comic fans alike can muse on until next year.