In just a few weeks, season 2 of The CW’s newest superhero show Supergirl will come to a close. Over the past seven months, we’ve seen a number of iconic comic book characters from Kara Zor-El’s world come to life on the series. Everyone from Lena Luthor to Miss Martian and even Superman himself have had a part to play in getting this season to the finish line. Yet all eyes are now turning to to a major villain who is expected to show up in the season finale.
Not only is Superman returning for the big episode, but General Zod (Mark Gibbon) will also appear for the first time to wreak havoc. As one of Superman’s greatest enemies, Zod is a megalomaniacal Kryptonian whose superpowers should rival Supergirl’s own. She’ll definitely need her cousin Kal-El’s help to defeat this latest foe. However, it’s more than likely Zod will return as the primary villain in season 3.
We’ve already seen behind-the-scenes photos and video from the season finale to give us a taste of what to expect when Zod faces off against Supergirl. A new interview with executive producer Andrew Kreisberg and TVLine explains just what the writers have planned for Zod and his new look. While we still don’t know how or why Zod shows up on Earth, according to Kreisberg it won’t be for very long:
“It’s a bit of a fun surprise. He doesn’t have a lot of screen time, so I can’t say our interpretation is as nuanced as either [Superman/II‘s] Terence Stamp or [Man of Steel‘s] Michael Shannon, but we did one thing to put our own stamp on it — at least visually.”
That stamp they put on the character visually is Zod’s new suit, which Kreisberg says will harken back to the character’s origins in the Adventure Comics. Zod will be sporting “a little bit of that Nazi uniform look you’d see in the comics in the ’60s.” Kreisberg then adds, “It’s definitely fun for us. And when you see the context in which he appears, it could only be Zod in that episode. ” Whether they decided not to make the character too nuanced because he doesn’t stick around for too long or because he only appears for a short time before returning next season is unclear.
Right now Supergirl has quite a few foes to contend with in Cadmus, Lillian Luthor, and Queen Rhea, but it would be a shame to see Zod appear on the show and not live up to his full potential. For right now, we’re assuming that the scenes with Zod aren’t just flashbacks or dreams, since he appears to be on Earth, judging by the previously released video clip of him saying, “You actually care for these Earth people?” Still, we don’t know exactly how he arrives on the planet. Perhaps he’ll escape from the Phantom Zone or maybe he was released from the Kryptonian prison Fort Rozz along with all the other aliens and has been biding his time. Only time will tell.
Supergirl continues Monday, May 8 with ‘City of Lost Children’ at 8pm on The CW. The season 2 finale, ‘Nevertheless, She Persisted’, airs May 22.