Over the course of the show’s 10-episode existence, Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) and her alter ego Kara Danvers have faced down all kinds of trouble. Between dealing with a shockingly jealous rival (Livewire), testing an anti-Kryptonian cyborg (Red Tornado), ending a terrorist threat, and dealing with her overbearing mother (played by Helen Slater), it’s a wonder Kara’s still in one super-piece. The quintessential multi-tasking superhero, though, she’s managed to keep National City safe from rogue villains while maintaining her job and sort of keeping her secret identity safe from her boss, Cat Grant (Calista Flockhart).
The midseason premiere of Supergirl’s inaugural season, “Childish Things,” found Kar Zor-El dealing with Winn’s (Jeremy Jordan) deranged father, the Toyman (Henry Czerny). As the second half of the season begins, Supergirl will face a new menace (or menaces) from beyond, as well as coming to terms with her past and a young version of her cousin, Superman.
CBM confirmed that Daniel DiMaggio (Tales of Halloween) has been cast in the role of a young Superman. In the upcoming episode (airing February 8th), “For the Girl Who Has Everything,” Kara fights for her life against a stubborn alien parasite, which attaches itself to her and seals her in a dream realm. Here, her home world of Krypton still exists, and the episode will delve into her childhood connection with a teenage Kal-El. And, at the worst time, the Kryptonians attack earth once again, forcing the DEO to fend them off without the help of their super-powered friend.
But before viewers get a taste of her super-bond with Superman, Kara must face down a menacing White Martian. Next week’s episode, “Strange Visitor From Another Planet,” will feature aliens, who are responsible for destroying Hank’s (David Harewood) green Martian people and will kidnap anti-alien Senator Miranda Crane (Tawny Cypress), likely doing wonders for her xenophobic nature. The episode will not only feature the first look at the menacing White Martians, but also bring Cat’s wayward son Adam for a visit.
One of the highlights of the second half of the season will be catching a glimpse of a young Kal-El interacting with his cousin on Krypton. Even though the sequences may only be a part of her dream state – depending on whether the script is partially or heavily related to Alan Moore's Superman comic, “The Man Who Had Everything” – watching the future protectors of Earth interact as kids will give fans a great first look at the Kryptonian cousins' familial link. Although it’s unclear whether these interactions will be memories or part of an alternate universe, their interaction does tease future collaborations between the super-cousins.
Equally exciting is the arrival of the White Martians, which likely means we’ll be seeing a lot more of Hank Henshaw’s J'onn J'onzz/Martian Manhunter persona. One of DC’s most enjoyable heroes from the Silver Age, Henshaw’s true identity was revealed in episode 7, “Human for a Day.” His presence not only gives Supergirl a powerful ally but offers another tie-in to the overall DC Expanded Universe – hinting at a potential spin-off Martian Manhunter series.
While the alien bond between Hank and Kara has presented both of them some solace, the show still hasn’t quite used Hank Henshaw’s secret superpowers to its full potential. It will be fascinating to see how his role on the show evolves. Another curiosity is Daniel DiMaggio’s role. Will it merely remain a one-off part, or will the adolescent Superman will have further purpose in Supergirl’s universe?
Supergirl will return with ‘Strange Visitor From Another Planet’ on January 25th at 8pm on CBS.