Kevin Sorbo, who played the title character in the 1990s series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, is set to to recur as a mysterious new villain on the CW’s Supergirl.
No word on who exactly this anti-hero is, or if he’s human or an alien. On Monday, the CW announced the addition of Teri Hatcher to the cast but also didn’t give much detail on her character — just that it’s a “role that will become the new Big Bad of Season 2.”
“Since his days as Hercules, Kevin Sorbo has brought such a strong presence to the screen, and we couldn’t be more excited to have him join us on Supergirl,” executive producer Andrew Kreisberg said.
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Kevin Sorbo talked about his new role on Supergirl. As you can imagine, at this stage he isn’t allowed to say much but what he did say might have been enough for us to put the pieces together. We’ve had to make some assumptions here based on what he said but we think you’ll agree with our analysis. Here’s what Kevin had to say:
I leave next week! I’m heading up to Vancouver, and I’ll be doing a three-show arc, and Teri Hatcher’s playing my wife. I’m from another planet that’s an arch-rival planet of Krypton. Which is now of course destroyed.
First and foremost, this easily confirms that both Kevin Sorbo and Teri Hatcher’s new big bad villains are going to be related, they are husband and wife! Secondly, Kevin confirms he is not from Earth but “an arch-rival planet of Krypton”. Well in the Supergirl canon we know of only one arch-rival planet that was destroyed when Krypton was and that is Daxam! So who would be roughly the age of Teri and Kevin and from Daxam? Mon-El’s Parents. Now here’s the big leap, if the rumors are true that perhaps Mon-El is a Prince, then that would make them, The King and Queen of Daxam.
Furthermore, Sorbo and Hatcher will be making their Supergirl debut in episode 217 which is the first episode after the musical crossover with the Flash! Episode 217 is of note as well because Kevin Smith is returning to the director’s chair! Both Kevin Smith and Kevin Sorbo confirmed that filming on episode 217 starts next week!
“Since his days as Hercules, Kevin Sorbo has brought such a strong presence to the screen and we couldn’t be more excited to have him join us on Supergirl,” executive producer Andrew Kreisberg said in a statement.
Sorbo is also known for portraying Captain Dylan Hunt on Andromeda. His other TV credits include a recurring gig on The O.C. and guest spots on Hawaii Five-0, Psych and Two and a Half Men.
Add another name to the list of genre veterans appearing on The CW’s “Supergirl”: Kevin Sorbo has joined the show in a recurring role as a “mysterious new villain,” as announced Friday by Warner Bros. Television. No further details, including when he’ll first appear, have been revealed at this time — though feel free to speculate on what villain he may portray.
“Since his days as Hercules, Kevin Sorbo has brought such a strong presence to the screen and we couldn’t be more excited to have him join us on ‘Supergirl,‘” Andrew Kreisberg, executive producer of “Supergirl,” “Arrow,” “The Flash” and “Legends of Tomorrow,” said in a statement.
Sorbo starred in “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys” for six seasons from 1995 to 1999, and in a string of TV movies that preceded the series. The show was a major hit in syndication, and spawned the popular spinoff “Xena: Warrior Princess,” along with “Young Hercules,” which helped launched the career of Ryan Gosling. Sorbo later starred as Captain Dylan Hunt on the sci-fi series “Andromeda” from 2000 to 2005, with recent roles including the 2014 Christian film “God’s Not Dead.”
Appearing in “Supergirl” is something of a full-circle moment for Sorbo, who has disclosed in the past that the role of Superman in “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman” came down between him and Dean Cain, and Cain being cast cleared the path for Sorbo to take on “Hercules.”
“Supergirl” marks Sorbo’s highest-profile acting role in years. The actor has been the source of some controversy in his career, including his publicly stated belief that his Christian faith has hurt his career in Hollywood. He received widespread criticism in 2014 for calling protestors in Ferguson, Missouri following the shooting death of Michael Brown “losers” and “animals” in a Faceobok post. He apologized for his remarks the following day.
Sorbo is the second alum of a ’90s series added to the “Supergirl” ranks this week. Teri Hatcher, who played Lois Lane on “Lois & Clark,” was announced earlier this week as joining the DC Comics-based CW series in a “mysterious new role” for a multi-episode arc. (Whether or not Hatcher and Sorbo’s mysterious roles are somehow related remains to be seen.) Dean Cain himself has also appeared on “Supergirl,” as Kara Danvers’ adoptive father Jeremiah Danvers.
Starring Melissa Benoist as the title character, “Supergirl” airs 8 p.m. Mondays on The CW.