In the description for the upcoming episode of #Supergirl entitled "The Darkest Place," Kara will face off against one of Superman’s greatest villains in the form of the Cyborg Superman. Originally spawned from the Death and Return of Superman from the comics, Cyborg #Superman was, in fact, Hank Henshaw, a disgruntled astronaut who blamed Superman for his wife's suicide after causing a solar flare by throwing the eradicator into the sun. You know, that old chestnut.
IT’S SUPERGIRL VS. CYBORG SUPERMAN — While Guardian (Mehcad Brooks) tries to clear his name after being accused of a murder committed by another vigilante, Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) heads out on a solo mission to rescue Mon-El (Chris Wood) who has been captured by CADMUS. While fighting to free Mon-El, Supergirl comes face to face with Cyborg Superman.
Recent iterations of the character include a version of Zor-El from the New 52 timeline, who was saved from Krypton’s destruction by Brainiac, given cybernetic enhancements and forced to search out worlds for Brainiac to archive/destroy. Either one of these versions would be suitable for the show, but with the options presented, what would be the best course of executing a match for the Maid of Might?
1. Would The Real Hank Henshaw Please Stand up?
During the first season of Supergirl, it was established that Hank Henshaw, current director of the DEO, was in fact, the Martian Manhunter. After a botched mission involving Jeremiah Danvers, Henshaw was killed and John Jones took his place. Toward the end of the season, it was established that Jeremiah was, in fact, alive and working for Cadmus (albeit against his will). This origin lines up with the original Cyborg Superman in that he suffered an accident and seeks revenge for his current situation. Admittedly, he would in all likelihood be more pissed at John Jones than Kara, but the show isn’t called "The Martian Manhunter."
2. Zor-El Could Hit Her Physically As Well As Emotionally
During Season 1, we got to see how emotional Kara gets when dealing with her home planet of Krypton, whether it be a computer simulation made to look like her mother, a Kryptonian threat vying to take over the Earth, or a plant that can give you your greatest wishes (that involve the now currently destroyed home world). This season alone has provided some emotional friction with the appearance of Mon-El who, while not technically Kryptonian, still sparks an emotional response from Kara’s former life. Zor-El would be the perfect storm of villain in that he could hurt Kara in more ways than one. Season 1 already gave us a version of Brainiac in the form of Indigo and an actor was already cast in Season 1 as Zor-El. The seeds for this one are pretty much already planted, they just need a bit of water.
3. The Return Of Dean Cain As Superman
As I previously mentioned, Jeremiah Danvers is currently alive and working for Cadmus. Since we haven’t seen him in the current time (only flashbacks), we are uncertain of his physical state — perhaps some cybernetics are involved in keeping him alive. We’ve already seen the technology when they created Metallo in the first episode of the season. This route would also provide a bit of emotional punch, as Kara would be fighting her foster father and would sure stir up some drama from her sister, Alex. Could Dean Cain return to a version of the role he once made famous? Earth-3 is certainly shaping up to be the one featuring older iterations of movie and television show continuity.
Supergirl is no stranger to twist and turns to the source material. I am confident that whatever stories they have planned, will be well executed and provide grand entertainment. With White Martians, Cadmus, and the Cyborg Superman, it appears the Supergirl will more than have her hands full
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