With the midseason finale of Supergirl, and the much-touted crossover appearances on The Flash, Arrow, and Legends of Tomorrow now in the rearview, it’s seeming more and more apparent that the show belongs on The CW. After a disappointing first year on CBS, in terms of ratings, the series has begun to find its legs and flourish in its second season among its DCTV peers.
While the first season of the series was arguably just as fun as the rest of producer Greg Berlanti’s DC series, there’s no denying that the show felt more than a little out of place on CBS. Under the banner of The CW, however, Supergirl has really begun to fly. Between the “Invasion!” crossover and the upcoming musical crossover with The Flash, the series has shown that it’s not afraid to have fun. As it turns out, fans are in for more fun than they were ever aware.
Comic Book is reporting that the mischievous and prank-playing fifth dimension imp, Mr. Mxyzptlk, will be appearing in Supergirl on two episodes when the series returns next year. While no one has been cast and no details have been given about when he’ll be appearing, The CW has apparently confirmed that we will, in fact, be seeing him soon.
Usually associated with Superman, Mr. Mxyzptlk is a magical creature who enjoys playing jokes with The Man of Steel in order to get under his skin. Of course, in his mind, a joke can be anything from gender-swapping the entire planet (turning Lois Lane into Louis Lane and Wonder Woman in Wonder Warrior) to, as in one particularly devastating story, Emperor Joker, Mr. Mxyzptlk gives the Clown Prince of Crime a small percentage of his power – which Joker uses to remake the universe in his own image.
Mostly, however, Mr. Mxyzptlk is a fun character that serves as a perfect foil for Superman, using magic to get under his skin and wreak a small amount of havoc in the process. He’s the perfect character for a brief appearance in The CW’s DC universe, with all sorts of potential for mischief and mayhem.
As Comic Book points out, the villain could be the impetus for the aforementioned musical crossover with The Flash. That sort of mischief is perfectly aligned with his character. He would find it hilarious that he forced superhumans to sing—not unlike the demon in the Buffy episode, “Once More With Feeling”—and that would be a good way to explain the scenario.
But with a character like Mr. Mxyzptlk, the possibilities are literally endless. It’s possible he might not even be the main antagonist, but rather an annoying distraction from a bigger enemy, as he so often is portrayed in the comic books. However, while usually he’s shown as merely a misguided prankster, he is occasionally portrayed as a darker, more sinister force. Given the overall lighthearted tone of Supergirl, however, it does feel like a safe bet that we’ll be seeing a more playful portrayal of Mr. Mxyzptlk.
Supergirl returns to The CW on Monday, January 16, 2017.
Source: Comic Book