The CW is now the small screen hub for the DC Universe, sporting popular series like Arrow, The Flash, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and now Supergirl (which began its life on CBS). The universe for all four of these shows is a shared one, with multiple crossovers occurring regularly. Supergirl is the first of these shows to indulge in the presence of aliens, and one of her close friends is heroic J’onn J’onzz, also known as the Martian Manhunter.
David Harewood has portrayed Martian Manhunter (disguised as D.E.O. head Hank Henshaw) since the very first episode of the series, and “The Martian Chronicles” is the title of at least one upcoming episode. (It’s unknown yet if it will be a multiple episode story arc.) We’re set to see the White Martian, Armek (Terrell Tilford), invade National City to retrieve M’gann (Sharon Leal), who is known to comic fans as Martian Girl. They view M’gann as a traitor and want to put her on trial, but Martian Manhunter and Supergirl have different ideas and opt to take her to the D.E.O. for safe keeping. Unfortunately, Martians are tricky, shape-shifting creatures, and it appears that Armek is loose inside of the D.E.O.
Harewood recently shared an Instagram post, teasing fans with all-new poster for “The Martian Chronicles.”
The concept of The Martian Chronicles could easily fill the last part of the second season. This will be an emotionally loaded meeting, as the White Martians are the race that destroyed Martian Manhunter‘s peaceful people, the Green Martians. The wicked and hulking White Martian first appeared in the pages of the comic book JLA #1 back in 1997. He was affiliated with the alien super-baddies the Hyperclan, along with Protex, A-Mortal, Fluxus, Primaid, Tronix, Zum and Zentrion. They worked towards orchestrating a vast alien invasion of Earth with a hidden armada of Martian soldiers and ships. At the time, readers didn’t yet know that there were any Martians still around, and neither did the Justice League. It’s unknown whether any of the other White Martians with Armek in the episode will be members of the Hyperclan.
This version of J’onn tends to be a lot less level headed than other incarnations and is more prone to aggression. Earlier in season 2, he was unknowingly exposed to White Martian blood by Martian Girl. How this will effect J’onn and the Martian Chronicles is yet to be seen, but no doubt it will factor in.
Supergirl continues Monday, January 30 with ‘We Can Be Heroes’ at 8pm on The CW.