SDCC 2018: ‘Supergirl’ Casts Manchester Black

'Supergirl' casts Nicole Maines as TV's first transgender superhero

SDCC 2018: 'Supergirl' Casts Manchester Black
SDCC 2018: 'Supergirl' Casts Manchester Black

DC villain Manchester Black is coming to Supergirl in the form of actor David Ajala, fans learned today at Supergirl’s panel at Comic Con International in San Diego.

Black is a dangerous and manipulative psychic and telekinetic, and as the head of a team of self-styled superheroes called The Elite, he sought to upstage Superman and the Justice League in his first appearance.

Black was created by Joe Kelly and Doug Mahnke, and a loose adaptation of “What’s So Funy…” happened in the feature-length animated film Superman vs The Elite.

Besides believing that might makes right and the Justice League needs to get more brutal, Black particularly dislikes Superman, believing that nobody can be genuinely as good as Superman appears to be.

In that story, drawn by Mahnke and Gleason, Black returned to terrorize Superman by going through his son, and was ultimately turned into a cow for his troubles.

On the show, Black is the type of guy who brings a knife to a gunfight and still walks away the winner.

No word yet on what role he will play exactly in the season, although one could imagine someone like Manchester Black as an effective big bad for the year – and one who would present a dramatically different screen presence than the physically strong characters who have popped up time and time again.

Does Superman #25 Turn a Major Character Into A Cow?

Does Superman #25 Turn a Major Character Into A Cow?

With the end of the “Black Dawn” storyline this week in Superman #25, the creative team of Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason, and Doug Mahnke pitted Superman against Manchester Black, one of the most formidable villains created for him in the last 20 years – and the end result was nothing short of shocking.

After “Shorting out” Manchester Black’s mental powers with psychic feedback, Superman took the villain’s body – seemingly braindead – away, presumably to a hospital or STAR Labs/ARGUS/The Fortress of Solitude.

A cow approaches a group of kids and reveals himself to either be Manchester Black, or at least be a current vessel that Black is using to house his powers while his body is out of reach.

Ruining Superman’s life has been a bit of a recurring motif for Black, who first appeared in Action Comics #775, widely regarded as one of the best Superman stories in recent decades.

When Superman appealed to their decency, it didn’t work – so ultimately he used his powers and guile to defeat them, but spared their lives.

The story, titled “What’s So Funny About Truth, Justice, and the American Way?,” is one of a handful of stories we recently noticed were apparently rendered canonical when Superman’s timeline was laid out in Action Comics last month.

A New 52 take on Black saw him as a mysterious and scheming S.T.A.R. Labs employee, although given the restoration of much of Superman’s history post-Rebirth, it seems likely that take on the character will be as forgotten as the Hank Henshaw briefly mentioned in the post-Flashpoint world but later replaced with one thate more closely resembled his pre-Flashpoint counterpart.

Manchester Black May Be Coming to 'Supergirl' Season 4

Manchester Black May Be Coming to ‘Supergirl’ Season 4

Supergirl’s third season might be in full swing, but a new rumor might suggest what’s in store for the series’ next installment.

A new report from That Hashtag Show reveals some of the new casting descriptions that have surfaced for Supergirl’s fourth season.

As some have hypothesized, there’s one established DC character who fits the description of that listing – Manchester Black.

Black returned in the comics somewhat-periodically, and most recently appeared to be turned into a cow in Superman #25. While it’s just too early to tell if Supergirl will be introducing Manchester Black, he certainly would be an interesting component to bring into the season.

Especially if Supergirl’s version of Manchester had The Elite by his side, it would create a pretty unique foe for the Girl of Steel to face.

The report also teases two previously-uncovered casting descriptions, which could hint at quite a few new players in Season 4.

Would you like to see Manchester Black come to Supergirl? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

'Supergirl' casts Nicole Maines as TV's first transgender superhero

‘Supergirl’ casts Nicole Maines as TV’s first transgender superhero

Transgender activist Nicole Maines is joining Supergirl as TV’s first transgender superhero in season 4, producers announced during the show’s San Diego Comic-Con 2018 panel Saturday.

Hopefully, the introduction of a new CatCo based character means this season will be spending a bit more time at CatCo, which diminished in importance in season 3 due to the fact that Kara was focused on being Supergirl.

“She’s the superhero we need right now.”

On Tuesday, it was announced that the CW was developing a Batwoman series, which would be the first live-action superhero series centered on an openly gay lead. “I’ve just been doing a lot of auditions lately because a lot of different shows have been really eager to tell the stories of transgender people, especially transgender youth,” Maines told the audience.

“Because it’s such an important issue right now in our society and in the world. And so it seems only fitting that we have a trans superhero for trans kids to look up to. I wish there was a trans superhero when I was little.”

On Saturday, Supergirl also announced two other additions to the cast: new series regular April Parker Jones as Colonel Haley and David Ajala, who will recur as the DC comics character Manchester Black.

As EW previously reported, Supergirl also added both Jesse Rath, who recurred as Brainiac 5 in season 3, and Smallville’s Sam Witwer as series regulars in season 4.

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SDCC 2018: ‘Supergirl’ Casts Manchester Black
Does Superman #25 Turn a Major Character Into A Cow?
Manchester Black May Be Coming to ‘Supergirl’ Season 4
‘Supergirl’ casts Nicole Maines as TV’s first transgender superhero

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