[Potential SPOILERS for Supergirl ahead]
Since moving to The CW and undergoing what has been a soft reboot of sorts for the series, Supergirl season 2 has focused primarily on Kara Danvers’ (Melissa Benoist) work as the titular superhero. Between facing off with villainous anti-alien organization Cadmus, helping newcomer Mon-El (Chris Wood) assimilate to living on Earth, and working alongside Martian Manhunter (David Harewood) — who still spends much of his time in the form of Hank Henshaw — Supergirl has had her hands full.
Of course, when it was first announced that Hank Henshaw would appear in Supergirl season 1, many DC Comics fans assumed the character would take on his comic book counterpart Cyborg Superman. But, it seemed that wouldn’t be the case when it was revealed Hank Henshaw was actually J’onn J’onzz aka Martian Manhunter in disguise. Now, with Cyborg Superman officially set to appear on Supergirl season 2, fans have again been wondering who will take on the mantle or if it will be a new character entirely.
During #DCTV video, DC Entertainment seemingly reveals the identity of Supergirl’s Cyborg Superman ahead of the character’s official debut in tonight’s episode, ‘The Darkest Place’. In the video, host Hector Navarro says, “Hank Henshaw finally reveals himself as the Cyborg Superman,” implying the human Hank Henshaw will return to Supergirl as the villainous Cyborg Superman.
Fans of Supergirl will remember that Hank Henshaw briefly appeared during flashback sequences in season 1, once when the DEO agent recruited Kara’s adoptive father Jeremiah Danvers (Dean Cain), and again when J’onn recounts how he came to take on the identity of Hank Henshaw. Many years prior, Hank tracked J’onn with the intention of killing him, but when Jeremiah attempted to protect J’onn, the two humans fought and wound up seemingly killing each other. Of course, since it was additionally revealed in season 1 that Jeremiah’s life had been saved by Cadmus — and he has been held by the organization since — it follows that Cadmus could have done the same with Hank, creating Cyborg Superman.
The reveal that Supergirl’s version of the supervillain has the same identity as in the comics may excite fans who hoped to see a close adaptation come to life on the TV series. Certainly, with fans theorizing the show’s Superman (Tyler Hoechlin) or Jeremiah himself could be the Cyborg Superman — though producers shot down the former theory — Hank Henshaw may be the most surprising character to take up the mantle.
That said, it remains to be seen whether Hank is in fact Cyborg Superman, or if Navarro’s comment in the DC Entertainment video is simply a reference to the comic book character — although the promo for ‘The Darkest Place’ does depict Kara fighting Hank Henshaw. Still, fans won’t need to wait long before the show confirms the identity of Cyborg Superman, since the character makes his debut in tonight’s episode.
Supergirl continues Monday November 21 with ‘The Darkest Place’ at 8pm on The CW.
Source: DC Entertainment