CBS ‘Supergirl’ Casts Owain Yeoman as DC Villain ‘Vartox’
A ways back, CBS’ Supergirl let slip that Kara would first tackle an obscure DC villain named “Lumberjack,” calling for an actor of Game of Thrones-like stature. Now, the DC drama has officially cast The Mentalist and TV Terminator star Owain Yeoman as Supergirl’s first foe, albeit switched to the villainous “Vartox.”
As initially reported by ComicBookResources and confirmed by The Wrap, Yeoman will debut the character Vartox in live action, beginning with the show’s pilot. In CBS’ incarnation, Vartox will emerge as an alien convict hiding on Earth for over a decade, before challenging newcomer Supergirl to ascertain her identity and power.
Though unconfirmed, it seems likely Vartox (who yes, was designed to resemble Sean Connery’s Zardoz) will take the place of obscure villain Lumberjack, who was also said to report to a mysterious overseer, presumably that of Iron Man villain Faran Tahir’s “Commander.”
Most recently adding Smash star Jeremy Jordan as Toyman, former Super-stars Dean Cain and Helen Slater, Chyler Leigh as Kara’s sister Alex, David Harewood as Hank Henshaw/Cyborg Superman, Calista Flockhart as Cat Grant, Laura Benanti as Kara’s Kryptonian mother Alura and True Blood star Mehcad Brooks as an older rendition of Jimmy Olsen, here’s how CBS formally describes the new series:
Based on the DC Comics character, the drama tells the story of Kara Zor-El, who was born on the planet Krypton, but escaped amid its destruction years ago. Since arriving on Earth, she’s been hiding the powers she shares with her famous cousin Superman. But now, at age 24, she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be.
CBS’ Supergirl will also feature appearances by the rest of Kara’s adopted family the Danvers, as well as a Super body double for a brief cameo. Arrow producer Greg Berlanti and No Ordinary Family’s Ali Adler wrote the script and executive produce, joined by CW superhero producer Andrew Kreisberg.
As with DC’s approach to movies and TV thus far, the new Supergirl series will establish its own independent continuity, outside of Arrow and The Flash, or the inevitable Justice League movie, as CBS boss Nina Tassler previously downplayed the possibility of any CW crossover.
You can check out Supergirl‘s new CBS look below in the photo below, and stay tuned for the latest on the new fall series!