With the debut of The CW's latest teaser for its upcoming four-way Arrowverse crossover event, viewers finally got to see the yellow aliens with needle-like teeth and large red spots on their foreheads at the heart of the story, the gruesome Dominators.
In addition to the arrival of the pointy-eared antagonists, the teaser also included the first look at Citizen Steel's helmet, the return of Deathstroke -- and the first glimpse of a new, intimidating logo we haven't seen before. Now, the question arises: who's icon is that?
There are a few possibilities, to be sure. It could be a mere decorative aspect of the Dominators architecture, or indicate the arrival of yet another of DC Comics' alien races to television (We'd love to see the Khund or Durlans become regular players on "The Flash" or "DC's Legends of Tomorrow"). But our guess is that we may be poised to see the arrival of one of DC Comics' oldest and most dangerous terrorist organizations to the Arrowverse.
In a recent report, it was revealed that the CW version of the Dominators utilize a form of mind control, a departure from their comic book counterparts who exhibit no such skill. While it was assumed at the time that this is merely the sort of poetic license that often comes with translating character from one medium to another, the logo seen in the trailer has us thinking, perhaps there's another, longer-lasting reason the alien invaders will be employing this technique in their battle for Earth.
In the comics, the Kobra Cult is a terrorist organization dedicated to controlling the world. In short, exactly the sort of group the Arrowverse loves to introduce as foils to its heroes, and one whose debut during a crossover of this magnitude could lay the seeds for multiple storylines across future seasons for every DC/CW show.
Overseeing the Cult in its original incarnation as introduced by Jack Kirby is Jeffrey Franklin Burr, aka Kobra. In the comics, Burr developed the ability to control the minds of those who died and were resurrected via specially-modified Lazarus Pits. Considering the crossover will include a number of characters long-dead in the Arrowverse, including Black Canary and Oliver's father, it's not a stretch to think a similar approach could be taken here.
Of course, the comic book incarnation of the Kobra Cult doesn't really have a logo, per se, much less one that looks like what we see in the video. However, the yellow, black and green color scheme of the hallway the Dominators are seen walking through as they pass the glowing signs, combined with the stylized snake mouth appearance of the graphic certainly brings the deadly organization to mind. Plus, it just makes sense that the Dominators would have recruited some sort of Earth-based allies in order to carry out their plans. Mind-control or not, it's got to a bit difficult to blend in when you're super-tall, have oversized heads and teeth, and decidedly non-human skin.
It will be a little while yet before we know for sure whether the Dominators are acting alone, or if they have human agents working on their side in the upcoming battle. The CW's big “Heroes vs. Aliens” event will begin on “Supergirl” on November 28, continues on "The Flash" on November 29, shifts to "Arrow" on November 30, and will conclude on “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” on December 1.
Starring Melissa Benoist as the Girl of Steel, “Supergirl” airs Mondays at 8 pm ET/PT on The CW. The network is also home to Grant Gustin as the Scarlet Speedster in “The Flash,” airing Tuesdays at 8 pm ET/PT, Stephen Amell as the Emerald Archer in “Arrow,” airing Wednesdays at 8 pm ET/PT and Arthur Darvill, Brandon Routh, Caity Lotz and more in “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow,” airing Thursdays at 8 pm ET/PT.