Today at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, “Supergirl” hosted a panel at the Television Critics’ Association and dropped some intereting new bits of information for the forthcoming DC Comics-based series. Attended by cast member Calista Flockhart (who plays media executive Cat Grant) as well as producers Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, and DC Comics Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns, the assembled group discussed a lot about the forthcoming series, including some new DC Comics characters that are likely to appear.
During the panel (via Variety), Kriesberg revealed that at least three familiar comics characters will be showing up at some point on the series, including Lucy and Lois Lane’s father, General Sam Lane, superhero Red Tornado, and Kryptonian supervillain Non. In the comics, General Lane has often been portrayed as a detractor and outspoken critic of Kryptonian heroes like Superman and Supergirl, believing that they present too costly a risk to American national security. Red Tornado is a robot that contains a human soul, and has been linked to a few different incarnations of DC’s premiere superhero team, the Justice League. Non was a character first introduced in 1980’s Superman II starring Christopher Reeve, but was incorporated into the comics in 2007’s Action Comics #845 by writers Geoff Johns and Richard Donner. He was a powerful enforcer answering to General Zod, who couldn’t speak but was a very capable fighter.
The plan is for these characters to be introduced during the series’ first nine episodes, but the assembled panel also had questions regarding Supergirl’s world-famous cousin: the Man of Steel himself. Would Superman be appearing at all on the show? Geoff Johns answered that question by saying,
He will be a factor in her life, but you won’t see him on screen. He does play a part in her evolution in becoming Supergirl.
“Supergirl” is set to debut on CBS on October 26th. For more on the show as it develops further, keep it locked on GeekNation!
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