It’s official: Cyborg Superman is headed to The CW’s “Supergirl.” The character is slated to arrive in Episode 7, but it has been unclear who would play him — until recently, that is.
Speaking to TVLine, executive producer Andrew Kreisberg ruled out one actor: Tyler Hoechlin, who debuted as the Man of Steel in the Season 2 premiere. “Cyborg Superman is not [being played by] Tyler Hoechlin,” Kriesberg confirmed.
Of course, that won’t come as a shock to most DC Comic fans. In the comics, there have been two versions of Cyborg Superman: Hank Henshaw’s version and Zor-El’s version, Zor-El being Kara’s Kryptonian father. As such, many fans believed Jeremiah Danvers — Kara’s adoptive father in the show — would take up the mantle; after all, Cadmus has led Alex and Kara to believe that their father is not only alive, but in their possession.
However, during a recent set visit, “Supergirl” star David Harewood seemed to hint that the real Hank Henshaw may not be as dead as fans suspect. Asked whether there were a chance Henshaw was still alive, Harewood told CBR and other reporters, “There’s always a chance! It’d fun to play him again; I quite like him. But yeah, there’s definitely a chance. Watch this space. You never know!” While far from a confirmation, his response implies that it is entirely possible for Henshaw’s Cyborg Superman to arrive on the show sometime soon.
As to how J’onn J’onnz feels about the search for Jeremiah, Harewood added, “You know, my whole goal has been to look after these two girls, I suppose. The notion of him being alive would be… I wouldn’t say a burden lifted, but I think, again, it would free up J’onn from these overarching things in his life, which is: protect the girls, protect Earth. There’s never really anything to look after J’onn J’onnz. There’s never really anything looking after who you are. I think, maybe one day, he’ll come to a point where he’ll realize maybe he has to go back to Mars — in the comic books, he goes back to Mars and finds his brother or something like that, so I think — at some point — he’s going to have to deal with his own loneliness and kind of find a way of dealing with that.”
Starring Melissa Benoist as the Girl of Steel, “Supergirl” airs Mondays at 8 pm ET/PT on The CW. The series also stars David Harewood as Martian Manhunter, Mehcad Brooks as Jimmy Olsen, Chyler Leigh as Alex Danvers and Jeremy Jordan as Winn Schott and features appearances by Calista Flockhart’s Cat Grant as well as Tyler Hoechlin’s Superman.
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