[Television] Superman’s big brother is coming to Supergirl
At the end of Supergirl’s first season, a rocket crashed to Earth, and Supergirl was shocked by what she found inside. The confirmation came from The CW today that Mon-El has been cast for the next season.
In Superboy #89 (June 1961) a rocket crashed to Earth, and the occupant inside had lost all memory of who he was or where he came from. Because the teenager exhibited similar powers to Superboy, Kal-El assumed he must be his long lost big brother from Krypton, and named him Mon-El (Mon, because he landed on Monday, and El from the House of El).
Unfortunately, Superboy condemned his “brother” to death after Clark exposed him to lead.
You see, Dear Reader, Daxamites are deathly allergic to lead, and upon the exposure, Mon-El’s memory returned. He explained he was really Lar Gand from Daxam, and before Krypton exploded, Jor-El had given him a map to Earth.
In order to save Mon-El, Superboy sent him to the Phantom Zone – a place where he would not age, and he would not die from lead poisoning.
If things are progressing the way I think they are progressing at The CW and Berlanti Productions, Mon-El, played by Chris Wood, will get a couple of episodes during the season and will follow the story from way back in 1961.
With Tyler Hoechlin already cast as Superman, why introduce Mon-El at all? Why introduce another Superman character to this growing superhero universe?
Again, a great question, Dear Reader, and one that hints at the next big series we’ll see coming from The CW.
Let’s jump ahead to the 30th century, where Imra Ardeen and Querl Dox created antidotes to the lead poisoning, and were finally able to release Mon-El/Lar Gand from the Phantom Zone. You know Imra Ardeen and Querl Dox as Saturn Girl and Brainiac 5 – members of the Legion of Super-Heroes.
So you wonder why Mon-El is showing up in Supergirl? I think it’s because we are being prepped for a Legion of Super-Heroes series – the CWiest of all CW shows – a group of good looking teenagers, doing superhero stuff, while learning what it means to work together.
Want to learn more about Lar Gand? Make sure you check out the Major Spoilers Hero History!