Every hero needs something to fight against, and for Supergirl that opponent is Project Cadmus, the shady organization hellbent on eradicating alien life on Earth. The second episode of Season 2 brought this organization out of the shadows, as Cadmus sent two Metallos after Supergirl and Superman, proving to be a formidable threat. They also sent a message to the world, promising to wipe out aliens who live among humans, which set up a fascinating plot for Supergirl's sophomore season.
But this isn't the first time we've seen Cadmus. Season 1 introduced the organization as part of the US military, with Alex and J'onn J'onzz speeding off to investigate Cadmus' abduction of Jeremiah Danvers.
When Myriad raised its ugly head, Alex and J'onn abandoned their hunt, but with Cadmus becoming a greater threat in Season 2, it seems certain that we'll see Jeremiah again — in one form or another.
Who Is Cyborg Superman?
Way back in Season 1, we theorized that Hank Henshaw was in fact Cyborg Superman, a villain from the DC Comics who shares Hank's name. Of course, it was later revealed that Hank was in fact J'onn J'onzz a.k.a. the Martian Manhunter, in an impressive double bluff. However, that doesn't rule out the appearance of Cyborg Superman — especially now we know Jeremiah is alive and held captive by Cadmus.
"The Last Children of Krypton" confirmed our suspicions that Cadmus isn't just experimenting on captured aliens, but building soldiers to combat them. The Metallos were competent, but as they were ultimately taken out by the Super duo (and Alex and J'onn), it seems likely that Cadmus will be looking for another ace up their sleeve.
In the comics, Cyborg Superman does not have much of a connection with Cadmus so much as LexCorp, but considering we've had that Hank Henshaw hint dangling in front of us for over a year it would be a shame for his supervillain alias to go to waste.
Cyborg Superman is pretty terrifying, matching Superman himself in speed and strength, with some impressive cyborg enhancements to boot. Needless to say, it would be awesome to see this adapted within Supergirl, so the question is — would Cyborg Superman be Jeremiah Danvers, or the real Hank Henshaw?
Transformed Into A Soldier
In true superhero show fashion, the Season 1 episode "Manhunter" left the death of the original Hank Henshaw ambiguous. Sure, he was declared dead, allowing J'onn to take his identity, but we never actually saw the body. And even then, death isn't always fatal in the superhero genre.
Like Jeremiah, it's entirely possible that Hank Henshaw was picked up by Cadmus — or even LexCorp — and in order to save his life they turned him into a cyborg, leading to him becoming the villain we know and love.
Of course, this might overcomplicate the issue, and while bringing the real Hank back as Cyborg Superman would prove interesting, it would be ten times more poignant and dramatic to have Kara battle her adopted father, who has been transformed into a cyborg soldier by Project Cadmus. And if exec Andrew Kreisberg's hints to TVLine are anything to go by, this is exactly what will happen.
"We want to keep the mystery of who and what Jeremiah is alive. You know, he's been under Cadmus' control for the last 12 years and the Jeremiah that we see might not be exactly what people expected. It's too good to spoil."
With family being a strong theme in Supergirl, it seems likely that whatever state Alex and Kara discover Jeremiah in, this will cause some major dilemmas for them as the season wears on.
And on a geekier note, if Jeremiah does become Cyborg Superman, that would mean that Dean Cain will have played Superman twice — once as a hero and once as a villain. Neat!
Tell us in the comments: Do you want to see Jeremiah Danvers as Cyborg Superman?