The one-time Kara Zor-El from ‘Smallville’ is about to come face-to-face with the new Kara Zor-El, the star of her own show, ‘Supergirl’. Last month, we reported that Laura Vandervoort had been cast as Indigo, a recurring villainous role on the current CBS hit.
Vandervoort premiers on the show on next week’s episode ‘Solitude’ which also features the first appearance of Superman’s arctic headquarters, which Kara (Melissa Benoist) visits with James (Mehcad Brooks). Indigo is described as “a living, strong-willed supercomputer who was sentenced to Fort Rozz after turning against the people of Krypton. Now on Earth, Indigo will let nothing stand in her way.”
Executive producer Andrew Kreisberg elaborated:
“She’s badass. She’s going to look awesome. Definitely not going to look just like Laura. Being one aspect of the Brainiac program, she comes in through computers, so Winn is actively involved in that episode. She has a very interesting backstory. She was one of the Fort Rozz prisoners, but how she came to be and how she ended up on the prison, and what she’s been doing on Earth is part of the fun and the surprise of the episode.”
In the comics, Indigo is a futuristic version of Superman’s android enemy Brainiac, who travels back to the past where she appears to malfunction, murdering two of the Titans, Donna Troy and Lilith. But after she is “repaired,” she adopts an innocent girlish persona and acts as a hero before eventually dropping the disguise and turning on her teammates.
Though Brainiac was originally from the planet Colu, on the 90s ‘Superman: The Animated Series’, his origin was retooled, making him the AI that helped run Krypton before malfunctioning and playing a role in the planet’s destruction.
The description for Vandervoort’s version of Indigo appears to draw from the revised Brainiac story.
Now, check out Vandervoort suited up as Indigo in ‘Solitude’:
Well… I’m just gonna say it. She looks a damn lot like Mystique from the ‘X-Men’ movies (Rebecca Romijn, then Jennifer Lawrence). Even her body language and the way she stands calls to mind those performances.
Her name is Indigo and this version actually captures that as “indigo” is a dark mix of blue and purple. The comic book version had teal skin and fuchsia hair– not a drop of actual indigo. But considering that Brainiac is generally depicted as being green, maybe a slightly greener color would have differentiated her better. Or even just a different color jumpsuit. Or hair.
But anyway, moving along, check out these six photos of Kara and James at the Fortress of Solitude:
“Solitude” — Kara travels to Superman’s Fortress of Solitude in hopes of learning how to defeat Indigo (Laura Vandervoort), a dangerous being who can transport via the Internet and who has a connection to Kara’s past, on SUPERGIRL, Monday, Feb. 29 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Photos: Michael Yarish/CBS
What do you think of Vandervoort as Indigo? Even with the Mystique comparisons, Vandervoort actually does look pretty cool.
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