I’m sure that I was not the only one who nearly shed tears of joy when the man posing as Hank Henshaw was revealed to be J’onn J’onzz/The Martian Manunter on this past Monday’s episode of Supergirl. Given the fact that the show is brought to us by Andrew Kreisberg and Greg Berlanti, the minds behind shows such as Arrow and The Flash, it comes as no surprise that they chose to broaden the scope of Supergirl by adding other major heroes from the DC Universe.
TV Line recently caught up with Kreisberg and some of the cast to confirm that Martian Manhunter will factor heavily into upcoming storylines, and learn about what kind of role he’ll play.
“Within the body of the Supergirl series, there is a Martian Manhunter series rolling throughout. It fit in with how Supergirl has been evolving. She’s embraced her powers and stepped out into the light, and in a way, J’onn is closeted and afraid. He’s one of the most frightening-looking Justice Leaguers, but he has the purest heart.”
David Harewood, the man tasked with playing my favorite Martian, had this to say about the character being somewhat nervous when it comes to using his powers publicly:
“That’s very uncomfortable, because he realizes that Kara is beautiful and blonde and gorgeous, and I’m this 7-foot, green martian. As much as I want to just be myself, it would terrify people to be confronted with this ape. Seeing Kara enjoy revealing her true nature — there’s something about that where the Martian Manhunter is a little envious, because he can’t quite do that.”
Despite the emotional aspect just mentioned, his shapeshifting abilities will make for some rather exciting moments in the near future. Harewood adds:
“As you’ll see in episodes to come, there’s a lot of fun to be had. He can be whoever he wants to be, so I think you’ll find me being other members of the cast at various points of the story.”
Be sure to catch the winter finale of Supergirl this Monday, December 14 at 8:00 pm EST on CBS.
Source: TV Line