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Mark Gibbon, known for smaller roles in Man of Steel and Smallville, has been cast as General Zod in the CW’s Supergirl. He is expected to be introduced in the season 2 finale.
Gibbon has appeared in numerous roles on film and TV, including Smallville, Arrow, Stargate: Atlantis, and The X-Files. He also has a voice-acting resume that includes playing the Incredible Hulk, The Thing, and Nick Fury in various Marvel animated films and shows. In Man of Steel, he played an oil rig worker saved by Superman.
Kara and company already have a lot to deal with. There’s Rhea, Mon-El’s murderous mom played by Teri Hatcher. Lillian Luthor and Cadmus are still making life on earth difficult for extraterrestrials. And then there’s President Olivia Marsdin, played by Lynda Carter, an alien with unknown intentions sitting in the Oval Office.
Perhaps Zod’s appearance will somehow fit into one of these story lines. What is more likely, however, is that he will make a brief cameo at the very end of the episode, setting up season 3 of Supergirl.
Thankfully, Supergirl’s cousin is expected to make a triumphant return to National City, just in time to help take on Zod.
Zod is one of Superman’s most formidable foes in the comics, movies, and TV shows. He is a radical leader of Krypton’s military forces, who is imprisoned in The Phantom Zone just before the planet’s destruction.
In 1980’s Superman II, General Zod was played by Terrance Stamp and later by Michael Shannon in 2013’s Man of Steel. In 2010, Callum Blue took on the role of the menacing Kryptonian in the 9th season of Smallville.
Supergirl returns Monday, April 24 at 8pm on The CW.