SPOILERS for ‘Supergirl’ Season 2 Ahead! Do not read on if you want to go into ‘Supergirl’ Season 2 without any prior information!
For those who do not yet know, Superman is coming to ‘Supergirl’ this season and will be played by Tyler Hoechlin (of ‘Teen Wolf’ fame). The Man of Steel will be making his first appearance (we think) during the Season premiere when he and Supergirl will be fighting a man named John Corbin, who comics fans know eventually becomes the supervillain known as Metallo.
The big news today coming to us from EW is that the show has finally cast the iconic Superman villain, and Metallo will be played by Frederick Schmidt. The in-universe origin story for his character is basically that after battling Superman and Supergirl, Corbin is badly injured, but then a shadowy organization steps in and heals him/ turns his body into a Kryptonite fueled metal machine, thus creating Metallo. According to sources, Schmidt will be appearing as John Corbin/ Metallo in at least 2 episodes this season, the first one being the season premiere.
For those not in the know, Metallo is a Superman villain who first appeared in ‘Action Comics’ in 1959, but has appeared many times since then in both comic and other media adaptations, including a great story-arc during the ‘Superman: The Animated Series’ show, as well as an arc on ‘Smallville’ where he was played by Brian Austin Green. He always blames Superman for the injuries that forced him to become a metal man in order to survive, and often has storylines involving his lack of humanity now that most of his body is machine, ideas that may or may not make their way in ‘Supergirl’ depending on the time the show spends on the villain.
What are your thoughts on ‘Supergirl’ taking on Metallo? Do you like the casting of Frederick Schmidt for the role? Feel free to share your opinions in the comments section below!
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