Hank Henshaw is a serious Superman villain. He is the Cyborg Superman from the Reign of Supermen storyline. He controls technology. He has been a Manhunter (the predecessors and enemies of the Green Lantern Corps) and a member of the Sinestro Corps. He destroyed Coast City, home of the Green Lantern Hal Jordan. That led to Hal becoming the villainous Parallax.
Kara’s friend, the I.T. Guy, Winslow “Winn” Schott, Jr., is the son of the first Superman villain calling himself the Toyman. Toyman is the villain that builds deadly toys to battle superheroes and commit crimes. We will see if that goes anywhere. Vartox is an alien superhero from the Sombrero Galaxy with powers very similar to Superman. He is sometimes misguided, but definitely not the villain portrayed on the show.
Cat Grant was introduced in 1987. She was a gossip columnist at the Daily Planet, On-Air Reporter and Talk Show Host for WGBS-TV. In the late 70’s to mid-80’s Clark Kent and Lois Lane were anchors for WGBS-TV news. Kara’s adoptive parents are played by Dean Cain, Superman/Clark Kent from Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993-1997), and Helen Slater, Kara Zor-El/Supergirl from Supergirl (1984).
Supergirl Season 1 Episode 2: Stronger Together:
In this episode we have Hellgrammite, in the comics he is Roderick Rose, entomologist. He was created by Bob Haney and Neal Adams in 1968, and debuted in The Brave and the Bold vol. 1 #80. He subjects himself to mutagens that lead to his human /insect hybrid form. He is able to imprison or transform folks with his cocoons. They are transformed into weaker subordinate versions of Hellgramite. He first tussled with Batman and the Creeper. In the 1980’s he became a regular Superman villain. The alien species angle is new for the show and the character.
In the comics Supergirl’s mother is Alura In Ze. There is no Astra in the comics. In the comics Alura found herself in the Bottled city of Kandor. Kandor was a Kryptonian city that was shrunk to preserve it by Brainiac. Alura ended up in Kandor, after sending Kara to Earth, but before Brainiac shrunk the city. Astra if the naming convention stays the same is Astra In Ze.
Maxwell Lord made his first appearance on Supergirl in a cameo. He was concerned that Supergirl would be a Supervillain magnet like her cousin. He was created by Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis, and Kevin Maguire with his first appearance being in Justice League #1 (May, 1987). In the comics he was a corporate big wig who managed to orchestrate and manipulate the creation of the 1987 era Justice League while being under the control of an alien evil computer. Lord always was up to no good. He was a wolf in sheep’s clothing. After causing the death of Blue Beetle (Ted Kord), he was executed by Wonder Woman. This storyline was highly controversial at the time. Lord likes people to believe he is altruistic, but he is ruthless and self serving.
Penguin AKA Oswald Cobblepot in the comics is from very old Gotham money. Gotham has changed the character to fit the grittier setting. Penguin was created Bob Kane and Bill Finger in Detective Comics #58 (December 1941). Edward Nygma AKA the Riddler was created by writer Bill Finger and artist Dick Sprang in Detective Comics #140 (Oct. 1948). We have not seen enough of this character’s progression to know which version of the Riddler they are turning him into, but they have established his predilection for riddles.
Theo Galavan looks to be connected to the Court of Owls, a group of old Gotham wealth that secretly controls everything and the Order of St. Dumas. The Order of St. Dumas is the organization that gave us Azrael, an assassin for the Order, who for a time became Batman when Batman had his back broken by Bane.
The Flash Season 2 Episode 5: The Darkness and the Light
Cisco Ramon in the comics is Paco Ramone or Francisco “Cisco” Ramon AKA Vibe. He was created by Gerry Conway and Chuck Patton and first appeared in Justice League of America Annual #2 (October 1984). Originally he was the stereotypical Latino gang banger who wanted to be a hero. He became a member of the Detroit version of the Justice League, which included Vixen. His powers were the ability to emit and control vibratory shock waves. The TV series version is very different. Cisco gaining the moniker Vibe is a nod to the earlier version.
Kendra Saunders is the name of one of the versions of Hawkgirl. This version is connected to the Golden Age version of Hawkman and Hawkgirl. She is the reincarnation of Shiera Sanders Hall and of the Egyptian Princess Chay-Ara. She has wings and uses antiquated melee weapons. The introduction of her character is continued setup for DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.
Dr. Light is an old Flash villain who uses light and light controlling powers. There have been three different people using that particular moniker: Jacob Finlay, Arthur Light, and Kimiyo Hoshi. The first two were villains, Dr. Hoshi was a hero. The TV show version is the alternate Earth version of Linda Park. Linda Park was the girlfriend then wife of the third Flash Wally West. She was created by William Messner-Loebs and Greg LaRocque and she first appeared in Flash (Volume 2) #28 (1989). Her look is modeled after Hoshi’s.
Zoom looks more like the Black Flash, the speed force personification of death, than Hunter Zolomon AKA Zoom. Zolomon’s costume was very close to the Reverse Flash’s. We will see where this goes. In last week’s episode’s Easter eggs I thought the shark creature was Carcharo, I was wrong. It was King Shark.
The Arrow Season 4 Episode 5: Haunted
This is the first appearance of Matt Ryan as John Constantine since the cancellation of Constantine. John Constantine was created by Alan Moore, Steve Bissette, and John Totleben and he first appeared in The Saga of the Swamp Thing No. 37 (June 1985). In 1988 he received his first headlining title with Hellblazer. Constantine works in the grey area; he is a good man whose methods are seriously questionable. He has enemies in both Heaven and Hell based on the original version of the character.
Until next week, enjoy your DC TV shows.