Back in August, Supergirl executive producer Andrew Kreisberg teased that the highly-anticipated series will feature a Kryptonian villain from the DC Comics known as Non, but the character had not been cast at that time. Today, The Hollywood Reporter reveals that villainous role has gone to Transporter the Series star Chris Vance. The actor is set for a recurring role, although it isn't clear how many episodes he is slated to appear in. While he joins a growing cast of villains, Non is expected to be Supergirl's biggest threat.
Non is a former scientist who used to be aligned with the House of El on Krypton. He eventually became a powerful military officer, described as "sinister, powerful and angry," who is the "antithesis" for everything Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) stands for. The actor joins a slew of recurring characters such as Peter Facinelli (Maxwell Lord), Chris Browning (Reactron), Jenna Dewan-Tatum (Lucy Lane/Superwoman), Brit Morgan (Livewire) and Iddo Goldberg (Red Tornado), just to name a few. Non was previously played by Jack O'Halloran in director Richard Donner's Superman II.
Executive producer Andrew Kreisberg revealed in August that the Supergirl series will have a "slightly different take on Non, than Superman II, but it's becoming clear that Richard Donner's Superman movies have a big influence on the show, much more so than the current version of Superman, 2013's Man of Steel and the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. We know that Superman's presence will be felt on the show, but it isn't known if we will ever actually see the Man of Steel. However, during a recent interview with Screen Rant, Mehcad Brooks, who plays Jimmy Olsen, reveals that Marc McClure's portrayal of Jimmy Olsen informed his performance much more than other versions of the character, and that Christopher Reeve will always be "his" Superman.
"I grew up on the Richard Donner movies, so Marc McClure was my first introduction to Jimmy. I thought he was great. Christopher Reeve, he was the Superman for me, will always be my Superman first of all. Probably so."
Supergirl certainly won't be "based" on Richard Donner's Superman movies, nor will they take cues from 2013's Man of Steel, especially since Kara Zor-El doesn't appear in either of those movies. However, executive producer Sarah Schechter revealed that they want Supergirl to follow the tone of the original Superman movies, which were more light and fun. Here's what the producer had to say about how they want to replicate the tone of those early superhero adventures.
"The tone of those movies was just really fun, you know? And it doesn't mean the stakes don't feel real, it doesn't mean that there isn't danger. It doesn't mean that characters won't die, but the hopefulness of that world, the fun of that world for us was just, it was irresistible. And look, people have hard lives, people have to work at jobs they don't like, they have to struggle to feed their families. There's enough darkness in the world that to give people an hour of hope and excitement and possibility, I don't think it's a bad thing. I think it's a really good thing."
In related news, Screen Rant also spoke to Peter Facinelli at New York Comic Con about his character, Maxwell Lord. In the comics, Maxwell Lord has been portrayed as both a hero and a villain, and it seems he will be shown in a similar manner on the upcoming series, revealing that he isn't driven by "evil," but rather "what his version of good is." Here's what the actor had to say below.
"He is all about saving the Earth. He thinks his way is the best way of doing it and he doesn't really like that these superheroes are tearing things up on the planet. He believes in humanity and that humanity should save themselves. He's kind of anti-superhero. I think in the comic books he's more Donald Trump-esque and in this show he's more Elon Musk. So there's different types of billionaires and I think his is more of a George Clooney on the cover of GQ as opposed to Donald Trump on the cover of Forbes. I read a lot of stuff on Maxwell, but I think with this it's a different version of him so I didn't want to be too tied down to what the comics are."
In the comics, Lord tries to show the world how much of a threat superheroes pose to humanity, so it seems like we may see this unique character going after Supergirl in a similar fashion. What do you think about all of these new Supergirl details? Let us know, and stay tuned for more on Supergirl as we inch closer and closer to the series premiere on Monday, October 26 at 8:30 PM ET on CBS.