Who is Cyborg Superman?
That’s the question on everyone’s mind as we head into Monday’s new Supergirl episode, which will feature the infamous Superman villain’s live-action debut. Is it Kara (Melissa Benoist) and Alex’s (Chyler Leigh) Jeremiah Danvers (Dean Cain), who has been held captive by Project Cadmus for years, or someone else? Although he wouldn’t say who it is, star Jeremy Jordan, who plays Winn, promises that the reveal will be “fun.”
While Supergirl deals with Cadmus in Monday’s episode, Winn will have his hands full helping Guardian, a.k.a. James Olsen (Mehcad Brooks), who is being accused of a murder committed by another vigilante. EW caught up with Jordan ahead of Monday’s “The Darkest Places” to discuss all of this, plus whether or not Winn still has lingering feelings for Kara and who will be the first to find out about James’ secret identity.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: We finally meet Cyborg Superman in this episode. What can you tell us about his appearance?
JEREMY JORDAN: Well, Cyborg Superman is going to either surprise you incredibly or you’ll be like, “Oh, I should’ve seen that coming.” It’s fun. If you know anything about Cyborg Superman in the comics, then you kind of know all you need to know. But, Winn, he’s a little bit more preoccupied with what’s going on with Guardian right now.
I bet, since Guardian gets accused of murder in Monday’s episode, right?
Yeah, there’s a sort of vigilante who has basically copycatted Guardian and has started taking the law into his own hands, but taking it a little bit too far and actually killing people. So, the police and Maggie [Floriana Lima] are out on a hunt for Guardian. So, Winn is basically like, “We gotta get out. We’re done. We tried, and now if we don’t stop, we’re going to jail and we’re both screwed.” But at the same time, he finds Alex and is like, “Hey, you gotta tell your friend Maggie to stop spreading all of this crap about Guardian. That’s not him. He’s a good person. I know he is.” And, she’s like, “How do you know?” Winn isn’t the best at keeping secrets, as we will find out very shortly in the next episode, so it’s fun to watch how he handles other people sort of discovering the secret of Guardian.
Does Alex get read in on James’ side gig in Monday’s episode?
I think it’s safe to say that Alex is going to be the first one to figure it out. She’s not stupid. She’s going to definitely have her opinion about the whole situation. But, at the same time, we have some serious bad guys coming up in this episode and regardless who thinks who should be a superhero or not, they have to ultimately work together to take down the bad guys.
After they clear this obstacle, what kind of rhythm do James and Winn get into? What’s that new dynamic like?
It’s something that they’re still sort of discovering. Basically at this point, Winn is at the controls and he’s in the little van. Guardian has a body camera, so Winn can see everything that’s happening. He has all the diagnostics and is basically Guardian’s third eye. He’s like, “Oh, use this grenade” or “use this fun weapon I designed,” or “deploy your shield.” It’s kind of like Winn is Guardian’s director at this point. That’s kind of how they do their battle plan. Guardian and James probably could handle stuff on their own, but as we saw earlier in the season, he kind of needs help, so Winn is there to provide support.
Emotionally, it starts to become kind of muddled. We saw Winn very conflicted at the beginning of this whole thing [about] whether or not he wants to help Guardian and kind of join him in becoming a hero in their own right away from Kara, or whether he wants to protect his friend and stay safe and not sort of rock the boat. We’ll see that conflict playing out more and more as the season progresses, because there’s inherently way more danger involved when you don’t have a superhero who can just instantly heal with some yellow sun and is bulletproof.
Some people have criticized the show for turning James into a vigilante because they were hoping for the show to highlight the other ways people can be heroes. What was your reaction when you first heard about this story, and do you think that argument has some merit?
Sure, I think Winn becomes the voice of that argument and then, later on in the season, Kara becomes the voice of that argument. There is the idea of feeling like you are less than when you’re spending all of your time with someone with superpowers, so you’re always constantly trying to overcompensate and trying to build yourself up and feel like you can do something as well. So, you have to go through that process before you can be able to come to the conclusion that you actually can be a hero without doing all of these things. If that is the conclusion they finally come to, so be it, but at this point, they’re finding their own way. They’re both also kind of heartbroken and [laughs] whether it’s them asserting their masculinity by going out and fighting bad guys with brute strength, it’s kind of how they’re dealing with the circumstances that they’ve been left in at this point.
Winn has made that argument already that we fight with knowledge and we fight with what we’re given to help people, but at the same time, there are other ways to fight. Winn is still fighting with those things even if James is using more of his muscles. But, yeah, that sort of argument starts to surface as the season progresses. The fans are definitely not wrong in pointing that out, but I think we are sort of a step ahead of that and addressing that as the season progresses.
Winn has clearly picked up on the fact that there’s something growing between Kara and Mon-El. How will that story continue to develop this season?
It was promising at first, Winn and Mon-El being best friends, but in episode 4, Mon-El really took advantage of Winn. While it was funny and fun, I don’t think Winn was super cool about it and on top of that, he starts to see this blossoming relationship [between Mon-El and Kara] that could be turning into something. Winn never really dealt with his feelings for Kara, and they never really dealt with it together. They kind of spoke all the stuff aloud and then kind of avoided each other and then swept it under the drug. I think that stuff starts to resurface and it becomes a little bit more like, “Well, this dude actually might be coming in and taking over.” You can only ignore your feelings for so long. I don’t know how Winn will ultimately deal with it, but I think he’s not going to be super excited for a happy new couple of Mon-El and Kara if that’s what it ends up becoming.
source : EW
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“The Darkest Place”— (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (Content Rating TBD) (HDTV)
IT’S SUPERGIRL VS. CYBORG SUPERMAN — 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. Glen Winter directed the episode written by Robert Rovner & Paula Yoo (#207). Original airdate 11/21/2016.
Supergirl is an American superhero action-adventure drama television series developed by Ali Adler, Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg (the latter two having previously created Arrow and The Flash) that originally aired on CBS and premiered on October 26, 2015. It is based on the DC Comics character Supergirl (Kara Zor-El), created by Otto Binder and Al Plastino, and stars Melissa Benoist in the title role. Supergirl is a costumed superheroine who is the biological cousin to Superman and one of the last surviving Kryptonians.
The series was officially picked up on May 6, 2015, after receiving a series commitment in September 2014, and received a full season order on November 30, 2015. On May 12, 2016, Warner Bros. Television announced that the series had been renewed for a second season and that it would move from CBS to The CW. It is scheduled to debut on October 10, 2016.
Kara Zor-El (Melissa Benoist) was sent to Earth from the doomed planet Krypton as a 12-year-old by her parents Zor-El (Robert Gant) and Alura (Laura Benanti). Alura gave her instructions to protect her infant cousin Kal-El, and informed her that she, like her cousin, would have extraordinary powers under Earth’s yellow sun.
En route to Earth, Kara’s spacecraft was diverted by a shock wave from Krypton’s explosion and forced into the Phantom Zone, where it stayed for 24 years. During this period, time stopped for Kara so, when the spacecraft eventually escaped the Phantom Zone, she still appeared to be a 13-year-old girl. By the time the spacecraft crash landed on Earth, Kal-El had grown up and become Superman. After helping her out of the craft, Superman took Kara to be adopted by his friends, the Danvers family. The main series begins more than a decade later when the now 24-year-old Kara is learning to embrace her powers after previously hiding them.
Kara hid her powers for more than a decade, believing that Earth didn’t need another hero. However, she has to reveal her powers to thwart an unexpected disaster, setting her on her own journey of heroism as National City’s protector. Kara discovers that hundreds of the criminals her mother prosecuted as a judge on Krypton are hiding on Earth, including her mother’s twin sister Astra (also played by Benanti) and Astra’s husband Non (Chris Vance), who seek to rule the world. After briefly becoming suspicious of the true agenda of her boss, Hank Henshaw (David Harewood), she and her adoptive sister, Alex Danvers (Chyler Leigh), secretly discover that Henshaw is actually a benevolent alien refugee, J’onn J’onzz, who has resided on Earth for over fifty years after escaping a holocaust on his homeworld of Mars. J’onn infiltrated the DEO to reform the organization as well as to watch over both Alex and Kara in addition to guiding the latter in the use of her powers due to his experience with his own abilities. Kara is also being targeted by Earth’s criminals as the result of her being related to Superman, and later on encounters an emerging community of metahumans and individuals from parallel universes. In the process, Kara accumulates her own rogues gallery who seeks to defeat and destroy her. She is aided by a few close friends and family who guard her secrets—most notably her cousin’s longtime friend, James Olsen (Mehcad Brooks)—which also serves as a major plot in high tech mogul Maxwell Lord’s (Peter Facinelli) scheme to expose Kara’s identity.
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