The CW is now jam-packed with superheroes, but can it sustain the weight? Between The Flash approaching Flashpoint, Legends of Tomorrow meeting the Justice Society, Superman appearing on Supergirl, everyone being sad on Arrow (presumably, I’ve jumped ship once again) and the Legion of Doom tormenting the heroes of all four shows in a four-night crossover, how much more can the DC TV Universe really add? Well, given the balancing acts they’re already pulled off, I’d say the best show in their continuity can afford a few more fan favourites.
TCA 2016 has been a wellspring of Berlantiverse news (sorry Andrew, Kreisbergverge just doesn’t have the same ring to it!), and in addition to Kevin Smith returning to direct episodes of both The Flash and Supergirl and Rachel Talalay being hired for the latter, we now have confirmation that The Vampire Diaries and The Carrie Diaries star Chris Wood will appear as Mon-El, the Daxamite superhero that people sometimes mistake for Superman. No word on whether or not he’ll keep a diary, but someone who might is Young Justice fan favourite Miss Martian, who’ll be played by Dreamgirls’ Sharon Leal. Exciting!
Both characters are fairly adjacent to other heroes on the show. Mon-El (aka Lar-Gand aka Valor aka M’Onel aka Young Money) wears an outfit similar to Superman’s and has been everything from a Green Lantern to a member of the Legion of Superheroes, and given that we’ve seen a Legion ring on Supergirl, it makes a fair amount of sense. I wonder who was in that mysterious pod at the end of season one? In any case, Miss Martian is Martian Manhunter’s niece, a half Green Martian, half White Martian who hates fire about as much as her uncle loves Oreos.
Oh, and I’ve saved the best for last. Mon-El’s human identity is Jonathan Kent, but he also once went by Bob Cobb. Supergirl returns October 10th. #BobCobb.