Kevin Sorbo has been cast as a new villain on the CW's #Supergirl. The actor broke the news on his Facebook page, and some fans were a little nervous about the notorious good guy playing an evil character. After all, he did portray the demi-god with a heart of gold for six seasons on Hercules: The Legendary Journeys.
But this isn't Sorbo's first time walking on the edge of darkness. In fact, the versatile actor has tackled some challenging roles that called for him to get up close and personal with the wrong side of the law.
The Sovereign (Hercules: The Legendary Journeys)
As the star of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Sorbo portrayed an evil doppleganger known as the Sovereign. In an alternate world, the Sovereign poisoned his father, Zeus, and forced Aphrodite to marry him so he could become king of the gods.
Sorbo's portrayal of the tyrant proved to be popular, and even though this role only lasted four episodes, the actor packed a lot of nastiness into such a short amount of time.
Frank Atwood (The O.C.)
After serving time in prison for armed robbery, Frank Atwood returns to Orange County in a supposed attempt to build a relationship with his son, Ryan. Because Frank was an abusive father, Ryan wants nothing to do with him. In order to curry favor, Frank convinces his son that he's dying from cancer, which later turns out to be a lie.
Both sleazy and unscrupulous, Frank Atwood is outed by the man who'd saved Ryan, Sandy Cohen. Even when confronted by Sandy, Frank isn't keen on admitting the truth. Sorbo delivered the right amount of creepiness to his character, making him very easy to hate, which will serve this future villain very well.
The Stranger (Julia X)
Sorbo took his part as a internet serial killer to the next level in this independent film from 2011. He meets a woman on the internet, they have a date, and Sorbo goes from good guy to bad, even branding her with an "X."
There's a delicious twist to this movie, but the main focus should be on Sorbo's portrayal of the deviant who discovers he got a little more than he bargained for when he kidnaps his date. The acting is above par, so if Sorbo's part in Supergirl requires a villain with no morals, a love of torture and a thirst for brutality, he'll have no problem convincing viewers he isn't a good guy.
Though #KevinSorbo is known for his heroic roles, it's clear he can delve into his dark side when necessary. That makes the wait for his character on Supergirl that much more tantalizing. We can only hope the writers don't create a cartoonish villain instead of a kick-ass, take-no-prisoners enemy that gives Supergirl the challenge of her life.
Watch Supergirl on Mondays at 8/7c on The CW.
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