Only two episodes into its first season, “Supergirl” dropped another big twist. In the November 2 outing called “Stronger Together”, [SPOILER ALERT!] DEO boss Hank Henshaw (David Harewood) who appears to be Supergirl’s (Melissa Benoist) ally for now had his eyes glowing red.
Asked what the red eyes mean, executive producer Andrew Kreisberg tells EW, “If you’re a comic book fan, you probably have a hint as to why his eyes are glowing red.” In the comic books, Hank’s alter ego is Cyborg Superman, a former NASA astronaut-turned-super villain who shares the same powers as Superman’s.
While he hints at a tie to the character’s storyline in the comics, Kreisberg coyly adds, “We don’t want to say too much about it, because I think we had a lot of success with the way we doled out information about Tom Cavanagh’s character last year on ‘[The] Flash’. For us, it’s so exciting to walk into every scene with him and not know is he there to help you? Or is he possibly there to harm you? That dichotomy and how it plays out is one of the most exciting, unexpected parts of the show. It was something we were actually going to do in the pilot, but we decided to wait.”
Still, there’s a chance that they put a twist on the comics. “We always try to satiate what the comic book fans’ expectations are, while also letting in the wider audience,” Kreisberg claims. “If you’re a comic book fan, you’re obviously going to come to it with some preconceived notions, and that’ll be exciting for you. And if you’re not, you’re just going to be like, ‘Why are Hank’s eyes glowing? What does that mean?!’ We’ve seen the gruff Hank and this adds another layer to it.”
Also in the latest episode, Kara went face-to-face with her aunt Astra (Laura Benanti). In an interview with Variety, Kreisberg laughs off a speculation that Astra’s agenda is to make a home on earth. “She’s not trying to establish a new Krypton, which is something that we’ve seen in movies and TV shows before, and we wanted to do something different,” he says.
“Supergirl” will air a new episode called “Fight or Flight” Monday, November 9 at 8 P.M. ET on CBS. In the said outing, Supergirl’s powers are tested when Reactron, one of Superman’s formidable enemies, arrives in National City and targets the young hero. Also, Cat plans to run an expose on Supergirl.