Stargirl: Alkoya Brunson Joins Season 2 Cast as Jakeem Thunder

It would only make sense that if The CW's second season of hit series Stargirl was going to have actor/comedian Jim Gaffigan voice the CGI character Thunderbolt, then Courtney (Brec Bassinger) was going to need a new member of her JSA to keep the powerful wish-granter in check. On Thursday, viewers found out who that would be when Decider reported exclusively that Alkoya Brunson (Me, Myself and I) has been added to the cast in the recurring role of Jakeem Thunder. The first tease of Thunderbolt came during the first season when Courtney stole a pink pen from the old Justice Society of America headquarters. Pat (Luke Wilson) warns Courtney that the pen is not something to be messed with, and now we have a better understanding as to why. Meanwhile, Jakeem has been mentioned in passing previously by Courtney's step-brother Mike (Trae Romano), but has never appeared on-screen up until now.

Stargirl: Alkoya Brunson Joins Season 2 Cast as Jakeem Thunder
Stargirl cast Alkoya Brunson in the role of Jakeem Thunder for Season 2 (Image: WarnerMedia)

DC's Stargirl creator/executive producer Geoff Johns headed into October's New York Comic Con-Metaverse with series stars Bassinger, Yvette Monreal ( Yolanda Montez aka Wildcat II), Anjelika Washington (Beth Chapel aka Doctor Mid-Nite II), Cameron Gellman (Rick Tyler aka Hourman II), and Meg DeLacy (Cindy Burman aka Shiv) to break down a number of the first season's key moments while also offering a behind-the-scenes perspective on how the series made it to air.

Stargirl EP/showrunner and cast tease Season 2 (Image: WarnerMedia)
Stargirl EP/showrunner and cast tease Season 2 (Image: WarnerMedia)

But it wasn't all about looking to the past, not with work underway on the series' second season- a season that Johns says will see them facing off against a "big bad" unlike any other: Eclipso [recently-announced Nick Tarabay]. "I'm so excited for Eclipso. He's so terrifying. I've always loved the character," explained Johns. "He's a very different antagonist or villain than the ISA. We're just starting to cast him, so we're looking for that. And I've got these wonderful designs from [costume designer] L.J. Shannon on what he's going to look like. But it's such a different, darker, scarier threat."

Johns went on to offer a little more insight into who (or what) it is that's inside Cindy's black diamond. "The thing inside it, this entity that's trapped, is this ancient being that feeds off humanity's own sins and grief and fear and darkness," he revealed. "It has been there for a long, long time and is aching to do what he does and feed off the darkness within humanity. It's going to take a lot to confront it, and it's going to take the JSA and every one of our wonderful characters to a place that's going to be tough for them to explore."

Stargirl: Alkoya Brunson Joins Season 2 Cast as Jakeem Thunder
Stargirl EP/showrunner and cast tease Season 2 (Image: WarnerMedia)

But what fun would there be with only one "big bad" next season when you can have two- especially one that tends to be a bit "shady," shall we say? "We're going to see a lot of the Shade [recently-announced Jonathan Cake]," Johns revealed. "He's another main character that's going to be coming into season 2. He's a pretty famous and popular character from James Robinson's run on Starman… He's an immortal that's been around for hundreds of years. He's a member of the ISA… and he was the only member of the ISA who wasn't present in Blue Valley today, but we saw him when the shadow hand grabbed Dr. Mid-Nite in the opening of the pilot."

Though he may prefer to stay in the background, for now, Johns stresses that the Shade isn't someone Courtney and the new JSA should underestimate for a second. "As Pat [Luke Wilson] will tell Courtney at some point, he's the most powerful of them all," he explains. "He's very threatening because no one knows exactly what he wants. But we'll be playing a lot with the Shade."

Stargirl: Alkoya Brunson Joins Season 2 Cast as Jakeem Thunder
Stargirl EP/showrunner and cast tease Season 2 (Image: WarnerMedia)

Also, those still-unclaimed items that Courtney still has that haven't found their proper "home" yet? Johns says that those will come into play during the season, and will factor into Courtney realizing that there are some things in all of this she can't control. Like the return of Sylvester Pemberton (Joel McHale) for example? That would be one of those things, with Johns confirming that viewers will get some clarity during the second-season premiere.

About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.

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