(Warning - the following may contain mild SPOILERS for tonight's episode of Supergirl, as well as for future episodes of the show. Proceed with whatever level of caution that suggests is wise...)
Now, when we first heard that Red Tornado would be heading to Supergirl in the show's debut Season, there was a fair amount of fan excitement - seeing as he's, y'know, an ex-member of the comic-book Justice League. That excitement, however, was soon tempered for many by the fact that it seemed the on-screen Tornado would be walking a very different path to his comic-book counterpart. Indeed:
A Lot of Fans Weren't Happy With The Description of Red Tornado's Role
Specifically, this one:
"Red Tornado is the most advanced android the world has ever seen. Designed by scientist T.O. Morrow for the U.S. Army as the ultimate superweapon, he soon becomes sentient, posing a grave danger to National City -- including the people Supergirl cares about most."
Which, compared to the comic-book Tornado's origin - it involves a dastardly scientist and a sentient tornado from the planet of Rann named Ulthoon - sounds... a little different.
Thankfully though, Supergirl's new Red Tornado himself, Iddo Goldberg, recently spoke to ComicBook.com about the character, and he might just have revealed that...
Red Tornado's Origin Isn't Set to Be Quite as Different as it Inititally Seemed
Specifically, according to Goldberg (who is also playing Tornado's creator, Dr. T.O. Morrow), there could be more to the story than the Tornado simply 'going wild':
"I think the Red Tornado is Dr. Morrow's life. I think to me, the Red Tornado was everything that Dr. Morrow wanted to be, and that's kind of how I thought of it."
"In this episode, Red Tornado is presented as a military experiment, so to speak, and General Sam Lane hires the services of Dr. Morrow to create this thing to challenge Supergirl. But I think for Dr. Morrow, this has been something that he's been working on all his life and possibly the most precious thing to him."
Which, on the one hand, actually sounds a little less like the character's comic-book origin - seeing as it suggests Morrow may be a little more heroic than his on-the-page counterpart - but on the other, seems to tease future plot developments that we don't yet know about.
Could we, then, be set to see Ol' Red develop over the course of a number of appearances, perhaps even eventually becoming the kind of iconic hero we know and love from the comic-books?
What do you reckon, though?
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