CBS ‘Supergirl’ Shares a Vision of DC Comics’ Red Tornado
The establishment of CBS’ Supergirl as its own separate DC universe left us curious as to how the super-series might handle design on some of the comics’ more outlandish characters differently than Arrow or The Flash. To wit, we have our first look at Iddo Goldberg as DC super-android Red Tornado, and he’s certainly a vision of … well, something.
CBS shared the first look at Salem star Iddo Goldberg as Red Tornado, confirming he’d suit up as the android in addition to portraying his human creator, Dr. T.O. Morrow (yeah, we know). The Red Tornado of DC comics usually ends up on the side of good before long, but so goes Supergirl’s take on the character:
Red Tornado is the most advanced android the world has ever seen. Designed by scientist T.O. Morrow for the U.S. Army as the ultimate superweapon, he soon becomes sentient, posing a grave danger to National City — including the people Supergirl cares about most.
No doubt the make-up and design owe something to The Avengers: Age of Ultron’s take on comparable comic android The Vision, if perhaps a bit needlessly busier. Still, we’d wondered if Supergirl might go for broke when it comes to depicting more sci-fi characters, versus The CW’s more generally subdued take on costuming.
Premiering Monday, October 26, so reads the official CBS logline for Supergirl:
SUPERGIRL is an action-adventure drama based on the DC Comics character Kara Zor-El (Melissa Benoist), Superman’s (Kal-El) cousin who, after 12 years of keeping her powers a secret on Earth, decides to finally embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be. Twelve-year-old Kara escaped the doomed planet Krypton with her parents’ help at the same time as the infant Kal-El. Protected and raised on Earth by her foster family, the Danvers, Kara grew up in the shadow of her foster sister, Alex (Chyler Leigh), and learned to conceal the phenomenal powers she shares with her famous cousin in order to keep her identity a secret.
Years later at 24, Kara lives in National City assisting media mogul and fierce taskmaster Cat Grant (Golden Globe Award winner Calista Flockhart), who just hired the Daily Planet’s former photographer, James Olsen (Mehcad Brooks), as her new art director.
However, Kara’s days of keeping her talents a secret are over when Hank Henshaw (David Harewood), head of a super-secret agency where her sister also works, enlists her to help them protect the citizens of National City from sinister threats. Though Kara will need to find a way to manage her newfound empowerment with her very human relationships, her heart soars as she takes to the skies as Supergirl to fight crime.
Greg Berlanti (“The Flash,” “Arrow”), Ali Adler, Sarah Schecter and Andrew Kreisberg are executive producers for Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. The pilot was directed by Glen Winter (“Arrow”).
In addition, Supergirl features Glenn Morshower and Jenna Dewan-Tatum as Sam and Lucy Lane, Brit Morgan as Livewire, Chris Browning as Reactron, Peter Facinelli as Maxwell Lord, Owain Yeoman as DC’s Vartox, Iron Man villain Faran Tahir as The Commander, Smash star Jeremy Jordan as Toyman, former Super-stars Dean Cain and Helen Slater as Kara’s adoptive Danvers parents, and Laura Benanti as Kara’s Kryptonian mother Alura.
In the meantime, check out the latest Supergirl trailers below, as we count down to the October 26 premiere.