The Supergirl series is coming together fast. It was almost immediately snatched up by CBS after producers at Warner Bros. introduced it in September, and now production is underway. If all goes well, we could see this show by the fall, and it'll join the ranks of already successful DC Comics-based dramas like Gotham, The Flash, and Arrow, not to mention yet-to-premiere series like iZombie and developing shows like Titans, Krypton, and Lucifer. Marvel might be ruling the big screen, but DC is taking over television network by network.
We know a fair bit about Supergirl already. It will star Kara Zor-El (Melissa Benoist) and will include DC Comics characters like Jimmy Olsen (Mechad Brooks), Cat Grant (Calista Flockhart) and, at least briefly, Superman villain The Lumberjack (who, as far as we know, hasn't been cast yet). It'll feature a Kara who's already been on Earth for a while, with a job and a life removed from her superpowers, who must make a choice to embrace her unique nature and powers. What we don't know much about yet is just what she'll be using her powers to battle, but a new casting report may have shed some light on that.
Comicbook.com reports that veteran character actor Faran Tahir, who you might best know as the leader of the Ten Rings in the first Iron Man film, has signed on for a villainous role in the Supergirl pilot that could become a recurring character. Tahir will play "The Commander," an "alien military expert leading the forces aligned against Supergirl." Now, according to the Comicbook.com interpretation of that, he's an alien who's also a military expert, which certainly makes him more interesting, but CBS hasn't come out with an official character description yet, so we can't be exactly sure what he is for now, and we might not be completely aware until the pilot airs.
We've already heard from the Supergirl auditions about a "Mysterious Villain" who seems to know plenty about Krypton, and who seems to be telling Lumberjack what to do. Could this be The Commander? Again, we can't be sure, but we do know that Tahir can definitely pull off villainy, and whether he's an established DC Comics character or an invention of the show, we're looking forward to seeing his work here.
What do you think? Who is Tahir really playing?