Article written by: Jay Christoph
Remember when you thought David Harewood was the Cyborg Superman? Yeah, That won’t happen. Cyborg Superman is coming, though!
When news first broke about Hank Henshaw being a series regular on Supergirl , we organically assumed that they were recreating the scientist who would eventually become one of Superman’s most deadly and formidable foes, the Cyborg Superman. We know now, of course, that they chose a different route which turned out to be even better in the long run. Instead, the show’s Hank Henshaw is J’onn J’onzz, the Martian Manhunter, masquerading as the real Hank Henshaw after assuming his identity.
So how does Cyborg Superman fit into all this? The character comes with a lot of excess baggage (in short: he showed up after Superman had been killed by Doomsday, pretending to be a cybernetically enhanced/rebuilt version of the Man of Steel.. He then destroyed a large part of DC Universe’s west coast, including Hal Jordan’s Coast City!) Given all this information, it is probably for the best that they chose to not get into it…. Ah, but they are getting into it! The synopsis for Supergirl season 2, episode 7 reveals…
“While Guardian (Mehcad Brooks) tries to clear his name after being accused of a murder committed by another vigilante, Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) heads out on a solo mission to rescue Mon-El (Chris Wood) who has been captured by CADMUS. While fighting to free Mon-El, Supergirl comes face to face with Cyborg Superman.”
So, this raises much speculation. Who is this “other vigilante” that they’re alluding to? Will the Cyborg Superman be played by Tyler Hoechlin in Terminator style makeup? Does this mean that the CW version of Superman has already gone through the whole “death and return of Superman” storyline? Lastly.. How will they explain all of this, and how can they be so casual and carefree about this episode’s description?
“The Darkest Place” airs on November 21st. Maybe we will get answers then..
Given that this is a very far fetched idea, it is not viable, but still fun to think about. So, here it goes..
What if our Cyborg Superman isn’t Hoechlin’s character at all? Now, granted, it would be awesome to see our Man of Steel in the terminator makeup, but bear with me.. What if… What if the Cyborg Superman was none other than Jeremiah Danvers (Kara’s adoptive father and Alex’s father, who has been missing.) They could easily pull this one off by doing that, instead of diving into the convoluted backstory of the Cyborg Superman. Not that Supergirl’s Jeremiah Danvers is any less confusing.. Let’s break it down a bit..
Dr. Jeremiah Danvers was a brilliant scientist (sound familiar?) living with his wife, Dr. Eliza Danvers in the small town of Midvale. He alongside his wife helped Superman understand his own abilities at one point in time. Together they had a daughter, Alex Danvers.
Once Superman discovered his cousin Kara Zor-El, The Danvers’ took Kara into their home and Jeremiah asked Alex to be a sister to Kara.
It was revealed in the first season of Supergirl that Jeremiah worked for the D.E.O. to cover up the fact that the D.E.O. knew who Kara was and would take her into custody.
Jeremiah met his apparent demise while helping none other than J’onn J’onzz. After realizing J’onn wasn’t a threat, but a refugee, Jeremiah tried to stop the mission. The then Hank Henshaw would not let go of the mission and went borderline manic in his obsession and refusal to give it up. Once Hank finally trapped our favorite martian, Jeremiah gave his life to stop Hank from killing J’onn. As he apparently died, J’onn made a promise to take care of Jeremiah’s daughter.
It was said in the first season that Jeremiah IS alive and being kept at the Dastardly Project Cadmus. We’ve already seen Metallo come out of Cadmus Labs. Could we see Dean Cain as Jeremiah Danvers as the Cyborg Superman emerge from the hellish bowels of Project Cadmus? I hope so!