The Identity of Cyborg Superman In ‘Supergirl’ Has Been Revealed

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Fans of Supergirl have been guessing the identity of Cyborg Superman for a while now, and it’s about as obvious as fans of the comic expected. Though some have guessed that Dean Cain (who plays Jeremiah Danvers) is secretly the villain, it turns out the show has followed the comics on this one.

DC Entertainment recently released an all-access video that confirms the identity of  Cyborg Superman to be Hank Henshaw (played by David Harewood), the D.E.O. director who died protecting J’onn J’onnz, who has been impersonating Henshaw all the while. With Henshaw apparently resurrected, he now has a reason to be angry over what’s occurred in his absence (notably aliens essentially taking over the D.E.O.)

He’s been enhanced by Cadmus, the notorious anti-metahuman institute, but he’s Cyborg Superman all the same, which comic readers have seen coming since Henshaw made an appearance in the first episode of the show. The original character made his debut after the “Death of Superman” event in the 90s as a Superman impersonator, and the show is obviously departing from that storyline entirely (it’s even a far cry from what Rebirth did with Henshaw recently in the comics).

We’ll see how everything fully plays out soon, as Hank Henshaw returns in the next episode, “The Darkest Place” on November 21st on The CW.

Watch the video below to see the confirmed identity for yourself (1:25):

Source: DC Entertainment

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  • Nathan_12thMan

    Eh, doesn’t sound that appealing. So far everything but Supergirl, Superman and the Luthor sister have been pretty disappointing. The show is alright, fairly entertaining enough (finally past all the S1 female empowerment feminism stuff being shoved down my throat though now it is the pro-gay stuff this season) but Hank as Cyborg? Cyborg in general?

    I really wish this series would have had the balls to take Supergirl in a fresh and new direction, not make her a 90% rip off of Superman with 90% of her villains being either Supermans or the female version of Supermans.

    • SAMURAI36

      So far everything but Supergirl, Superman and the Luthor sister have been pretty disappointing.

      So, Martian Manhunter wasn’t great? Or Miss Martian? I can think of easily a dozen great things about this show, but hey, to each their own.

      (finally past all the S1 female empowerment feminism stuff being shoved down my throat though now it is the pro-gay stuff this season)

      1) The female empowerment theme of the show hasn’t ended. They’ve been dealing with it since the start of season 2. Which only makes sense, when you consider that more than 50% of the show’s cast is female, and 90% of those female roles are positions of importance (like, you know, Lynda Carter as the president).

      2) I always laugh (and shudder) at men’s chauvinism (I’m a man, BTW) when they make statements like this, as if a show full of women is going to be anything but women’s empowerment. I’d ask you “what’s wrong with female empowerment”?, but be both already know the answer you’ll give.

      Nobody scoffs at shows with mostly men, when they feature all the typical brutishness that the world as come to normalize.

      Besides, what is a show about a young girl/woman supposed to be about? What is an example of a female-led show, that wasn’t about female empowerment?

      I guess you could count Buffy…. Oh wait, that was all about female empowerment. Wait, what about the Lynda Carter WW show? Oh yeah, totally about female empowerment.

      Never mind the fact that people who make such statements, don’t seem to have a clue of what the character of Supergirl was all about in the comics. So, you want a non-Supergirl, Supergirl show?

      Best of luck with that.

      • Nathan_12thMan

        >So, Martian Manhunter wasn’t great? Or Miss Martian? I can think of easily a dozen great things about this show, but hey, to each their own.

        The CGI is questionable and no I don’t really like his character much. Same basically applies for Miss Martian. Maybe I am just holding onto what I know about them from legit comics and the animated shows but these versions? Not really doing it for me.

        >1) The female empowerment theme of the show hasn’t ended. They’ve been dealing with it since the start of season 2. Which only makes sense, when you consider that more than 50% of the show’s cast is female, and 90% of those female roles are positions of importance (like, you know, Lynda Carter as the president). [and everything else you wrote beneath this]

        There is a difference between female empowerment as a unspoken theme and it being shoved down my throat in season 1, especially early season 1. It was bad. It was VERY widely talked about in articles and in fan forums (reddit & such) how bad it was. Extremely obvious and really heavy handed and being shoved down the viewers throat.

        >d. Uhmm, you do realize that they are talking about Cyborg Superman, and not the character Cyborg, yes? Those are 2 different characters.

        Yeah…I figured someone reading the comment section in an article about Cyborg Superman would know I am talking about Cyborg Superman.

        —–

        Jimmy Olsen goes from white, freckled red head nerd camera man to giant black beefy man-cake who becomes a super hero and also the head of a huge media empire…yeaaaaaah, pass on that. I’m fine with the “James” character if he isn’t Jimmy Olsen. Why name him that then make him an entirely new character? Have the character they created Winn be Jimmy.

        A Luthor sister all of a sudden appears because Supergirl needs a Luthor so they make a female version…Supergirl needs a villain “lets make a female Brainiac!” Supergirls sister is a lead on a CW female lead show so let’s make her all of a sudden gay and it’s a huge deal for the show but of course every single character will be okay with it and totally accept it (unrealistic now adays).

        I think the Supergirl character and actress is pretty great. I like Winn and Superman too but besides that, there just isn’t a lot to be extremely excited about. She’s a female Superman. Why does she have to be a reporter to? Why are a bunch of her villains either Supermans villains or the female version of Supermans villains?

        I’m just asking for more originality. For them to have taken a creative risk and to have gone in a different direction. To create a bunch of new villains, a original new arch enemy that hasn’t been in a comic or show before, etc.

        • SAMURAI36

          The CGI is questionable and no I don’t really like his character much. Same basically applies for Miss Martian. Maybe I am just holding onto what I know about them from legit comics and the animated shows but these versions? Not really doing it for me.

          What’s different about them in this show, from the comics and other shows?

          There is a difference between female empowerment as a unspoken theme and it being shoved down my throat in season 1, especially early season 1. It was bad. It was VERY widely talked about in articles and in fan forums (reddit & such) how bad it was. Extremely obvious and really heavy handed and being shoved down the viewers throat.

          Reddit is not a barometer for quality. Also, the only people complaining is the fanboys (emphasis on BOYS). The women love it, as they are the highest demographic for the show. I could say that the show (or the character, for that matter) wasn’t really intended to be targeted towards males, but that’s not entirely accurate. Plenty of men (including myself) love the themes in the show. Many of which were taken directly from the comics.

          Besides, you originally said:

          I really wish this series would have had the balls to take Supergirl in a fresh and new direction,

          But they are definitely doing that. They are actually doing both: being true to the source material, while giving fans something new.

          Yeah…I figured someone reading the comment section in an article about Cyborg Superman would know I am talking about Cyborg Superman.

          Then I’m confused about what your complaint is. Hank Henshaw has always been Cyborg Superman. Is your grievance that he’s black?

          Jimmy Olsen goes from white, freckled red head nerd camera man to giant black beefy man-cake who becomes a super hero and also the head of a huge media empire…yeaaaaaah, pass on that. I’m fine with the “James” character if he isn’t Jimmy Olsen. Why name him that then make him an entirely new character? Have the character they created Winn be Jimmy.

          This is why I asked you what you meant by:

          I really wish this series would have had the balls to take Supergirl in a fresh and new direction,

          Because this IS a new direction. There’s no law or rule that says they have to follow the comics to the letter. Characters change in the comics all the time. I’m really surprised that there are people who are still holding onto this argument.

          A Luthor sister all of a sudden appears because Supergirl needs a Luthor so they make a female version…

          Really, they made a “female version”? Never mind she arleady existed in the comics, and was a SuperBOY villain:

          https://fsmedia.imgix.net/c9/80/1e/3a/d13b/4cbb/8550/085a845d5ef1/lena-luthor-with-her-weird-brother-lex.jpeg

          Supergirl needs a villain “lets make a female Brainiac!”

          Oh, you mean Indigo, which was a member of the Outsiders, and from the same race as Brainiac?

          http://moa.omnimulti.com/images/thumb/9/9d/OutsidersV3-24.jpg/200px-OutsidersV3-24.jpg

          The point I’m making, is that these aren’t some new characters, just for the show. They are existing characters.

          Supergirls sister is a lead on a CW female lead show so let’s make her all of a sudden gay and it’s a huge deal for the show but of course every single character will be okay with it and totally accept it (unrealistic now adays).

          What does this show being on CW have to do with anything? You do realize that this plot point began in season1, when the show started on CBS?

          And I’m pretty sure people are more accepting of someone coming out these days. I’m not gay, but it doesn’t bother me either way.

          Now, if I did have to make ONE complaint, it would be that there’s very little examples of Black Love on any of these TV shows. Everyone is in a mixed relationship, which doesn’t seem totally realistic to me.

          But that’s not the end of the world.

          I think the Supergirl character and actress is pretty great. I like Winn and Superman too but besides that, there just isn’t a lot to be extremely excited about. She’s a female Superman. Why does she have to be a reporter to? Why are a bunch of her villains either Supermans villains or the female version of Supermans villains?

          I answered these Q’s already. Supergirl’s villains ARE Superman’s villains. And these are not “female versions of Superman’s villains”. Don’t know where you got that from. Just curious, do you read the comics at all? Because alot of what you are saying is flat-out false.

          Also, Max Lord is not a Superman villain.

          I’m just asking for more originality. For them to have taken a creative risk and to have gone in a different direction.

          They did go in a different direction. Jimmy is Black, and is also the Super hero Guardian. They brought in characters like Roulette

          To create a bunch of new villains, a original new arch enemy that hasn’t been in a comic or show before, etc.

          They did go in a different direction. It’s just that you don’t like the things that are different.

          • Nathan_12thMan

            TLDR, sad you have this much time on your hands. And that you also assume my dislike of certain parts of the show automatically calls you to assume that I’m racist and sexist. Might want to check into that.

          • SAMURAI36

            LMAO, I said you were racist? Wow, Okay then.

            BTW, I’m typing this sitting at work, so there’s that. This helps the time go by.

          • Nathan_12thMan

            You implied it by asking me if my problem with the show/characters was because certain ones were female, because certain characters were black, etc.

            Okay so you’re stealing money from your work by surfing the web and commenting on entertainment forums. Go pick up some trash or help your co-workers. You’re on the clock.

          • Chris Schroeder

            My only complaint is how bland The Guardian’s suit looks. Design wise, I like it. But I hope down the road they go with the blue and gold color scheme

  • Derek Wiles

    As long as he wears a superman inspired suit ill be happy. He’s a pretty cool character so far.