CBS's Supergirl series picks up former Terminator to play a classic DC baddie

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Jun 26, 2015, 4:17 PM EDT (Updated)

Former Terminator Owain Yeoman (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, The Mentalist, Extant) has been cast in the role of DC Comics supervillain Vartox in CBS' Supergirl, Comic Book Resources has confirmed. He will appear in a guest-star capacity in the pilot, which will also feature the Lumberjack (who is, as of yet, still uncast) and Star Trek and Iron Man actor Faran Tahir as the mysterious "The Commander."

According to the official description of the role obtained by CBR, "Owain Yeoman plays longtime DC Comics villain Vartox, an alien convict, who has been hiding on Earth for the past 12 years. After Supergirl's emergence on Earth, Vartox seeks her out to ascertain her identity and do battle with her."

Created back in 1974, Vartox is an alien who comes from the planet Valeron. The character was at first established as a "slightly older" friend of Superman, who had many of the same powers our Man of Steel possessed, including flight, invulnerability and super strength. A more modern take on the character had him travel to Earth in search of a perfect mate, following the release of a "contraceptive bomb" on Valeron, which rendered the women of his home planet sterile. While on this highly important mission, Vartox set his sights on Power Girl, the Earth-2 version of this show’s Supergirl. Let's just hope Vartox will wear a better costume, though, and not sport so much body hair (see below).

Supergirl stars Melissa Benoist, Mehcad Brooks, Laura Benanti, Calista Flockhart, Chlyer Leigh, David Harewood and Jeremy Jordan.

(via Comic Book Resources)