CBS ‘Supergirl’ Casts ‘Iron Man’ Villain as Alien Big Bad
Just when you thought CBS’ Supergirl pilot had enough on its plate between Cat Grant, Jimmy Olsen, Cyborg Superman, Toyman, Helen Slater, Dean Cain and one Super-body, the DC drama adds another dose of big bad. Iron Man and Star Trek star Faran Tahir will play the role of a mysterious alien “Commander,” one who sounds suspiciously like…
ComicBook.com reports that Tahir will appear in the (likely recurring) role of “an alien military expert leading the forces aligned against Supergirl,” for now only going by “The Commander.” Also likely is that the villain represents the same “unseen superior” to whom DC villain Lumberjack reports, having been sent to ascertain Kara (Glee star Melissa Benoist)’s level of power.
Most recently adding 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 is also looking to cast the aforementioned Lumberjack and 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 will write 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.
We’re all-but confirmed to have Supergirl on CBS’ fall schedule, so who else might join the new cast? Who might Faran Tahir’s mysterious “Commander” turn out to be?