David Harewood teases becoming Cyborg Superman on CBS' Supergirl

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May 12, 2015, 11:15 AM EDT

While at the BAFTA awards, Digital Spy spoke to David Harewood (Homeland), who plays DEO agent Hank Henshaw on CBS’ Supergirl. In the interview, the actor confirmed that he was heading out to L.A. in order to shoot the new DC superhero TV show (which has recently gotten a full series order over at CBS, thank you very much) starring Melissa Benoist as Kara Zor-El, aka Supergirl. Harewood shared his excitement at shooting the new series, which he called a potential "surprise package" for TV viewers, and had nothing but nice things to say about his co-star:

"I think she's going to be a fantastic Supergirl. I've got two little girls, and I think they're going to be tremendously excited when they see Supergirl flying and kicking serious butt."

Now, back to DEO (Department of Extra-Normal Operations) agent Hank Henshaw. In the pre-New 52 DC Comics, Henshaw was an astronaut on board a doomed NASA space shuttle who believed the disastrous events that plagued him and his crew were basically the Man of Steel’s fault. But before he died of his injuries, he managed to transfer his consciousness into Supes’ birthing matrix, thus becoming Cyborg Superman. Harewood — who was a big comic-book fan as a child — is very aware of this particular background for his villainous character. When he was asked about Hank Henshaw and what he’ll become, here’s what the actor said:

"Hank Henshaw, yes, who ends up becoming Cyborg Superman in the comics, battling Superman. So I'm looking forward to that. He's a bit of a supervillain. He seems pretty indestructible. Which I kind of like because I keep getting blown up in these things. I'm kind of looking forward to being indestructible."

Harewood then discussed how he planned to bring the character to life:

"People always ask me that question, and at the end of the day you've got to bring it to life, and you've got to bring it to life the best way you think is fit... I've taken a lot of hints and clues from what people have said about him, and done a lot of background reading and I've put that together... He's a pretty 'gruff' guy - I'm hoping he's entertaining, but also... frightening."

Have a look at the video interview, and let us know what you think. Are you looking forward to seeing David Harewood bringing Hank Henshaw, aka Cyborg Superman, to life on CBS’ Supergirl?

(via Comic Book Movie, Comic Book)