The trailer for CBS‘ new Supergirl series didn’t win a lot of fans over, but because of the pedigree, Arrow and The Flash executive producers Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg, those same uncertain fans are reserving judgment until they can see Melissa Benoist take flight, in full, when the show debuts this fall. In the meantime, let’s talk about casting. Both Arrow and Flash have been pretty good about recruiting comic book bad guys for their TV heroes to fight, and it seems that Supergirl will be no exception to that rule. Prepare yourself people, for the random radioactive arrival of Reactron!
The Hollywood Reporter is reporting (oddly enough) that Chris Browning (The 100, Sons of Anarchy) has been cast as Benjamin Krull, AKA: Reactron, on Supergirl. Who is Reactron? Well, there were two, a pre-Crisis on Infinite Earths and a post-Crisis on Infinite Earths version. The post-Crisis Reactron, which the Supergirl character is based on, has the ability to emit high levels of radiation. He’s fought Power Girl and Doom Patrol, has been a member of the Suicide Squad, and in the “New Krypton” storyline in Superman he has given a heart of gold kryptonite, which zaps a Kryptonian’s super-powers.
So what of Reactron in the live-action Supergirl series? According to the Reporter, he’s “a deadly adversary of Superman’s from Metropolis who wears an armored suit powered by nuclear energy. Never able to defeat his rival, Krull has come to National City to get revenge on the Man of Steel by killing his cousin, Supergirl.”
Reactron isn’t the only DC Comics villain set to appear on Supergirl, of course, but he is the latest. David Harewood is part of the regular cast as Hank Henshaw (AKA: Cyborg Superman), Jeremy Jordan will appear in the pilot as Winslow “The Toyman” Schott in the pilot, and Peter Facinelli was recently cast as Maxwell Lord.
Reactron, and Browning, will appear in the third episode of Supergirl, which itself premiers in September, Mondays at 8 pm, on CBS.
Source: Comic Book Movie