Perhaps the biggest revelation to come out of CBS’ seventh episode, “Human For A Day” and first part of Supergirl season one is the major revelation of who Hank Henshaw (David Harewood) really is. As promised, we said we’d be taking another look at “Human For A Day” so here is our exploration of Supergirl‘s Hank Henshaw.
I. Hank Henshaw is not Hank Henshaw
The mystery revolving around Hank Henshaw since “Stronger Together” has finally been solved. He is J’onn J’onzz aka Martian Manhunter. We learn there was a Hank Henshaw working with Jeremiah Danvers (Dean Cain) at the DEO. They tracked down an alien and Henshaw tried killing it. The alien, revealed to be J’onn J’onzz, tried protecting Danvers when Henshaw went crazy, but failed. Before Danvers passed, he asked J’onn to look after his daughter, Alex (Chyler Leigh).
While Martian Manhunter was a character many had previously thought Hank Henshaw was, there was definitely some uncertainty. I, for one, didn’t think he was Martian Manhunter because of him being Hank Henshaw. He had to be Cyborg Superman, right? As it turns out, the writers and producers have carefully maintained the integrity of both characters as they acknowledge that Hank Henshaw did exist within the Supergirl universe and was a bad guy. J’onn J’onzz, the last survivor of Mars, is a benevolent alien and he took the identity of Hank Henshaw. While a story like that never appeared in the comic books, it’s fun to see characters rewritten and done in a different way than you would have expected.
II. Hank Henshaw is Martian Manhunter
A big aspect of Martian Manhunter is that he’s afraid of fire and that he loves cookies, especially Oreos. It would have been interesting to see Supergirl address this, but even the most sly of nods would have immediately tipped off the fans. Considering that we now know that Henshaw is J’onn J’onzz, it will be interesting to see if the producers and writers pay attention to the classic character traits of the Martian Manhunter.
III. What We Know
David Harewood has had an interesting time promoting Supergirl. Considering he’s only been able to speak about playing Hank Henshaw (Cyborg Superman) from the comics, it should be fun seeing how he switches during interviews. Harewood has opened up about playing Martian Manhunter and while it seems it will be a slow burn over the course of season one, here’s what we do know:
“Having lost his own child, Kara and Alex almost become his children, and he loves them. Having lost his own children, [Martian Manhunter]’s got a lot of pain and a lot of melancholy, which is fantastic to play,” Harewood said.
Martian Manhunter has an enormous amount of power. Not only is he a shape-shifter, but he also has super-strength and is able to fly. Because of his fun power skills, Harewood said he’ll be coming out from the DEO dungeon to explore. “There’s a wonderful flight sequence,” Harewood teased.
Supergirl‘s mid-season finale, “Hostile Takeover”, airs tomorrow night at 8 PM ET on CBS. Check your local listings.
Kara goes toe-to-toe with Astra when her aunt challenges Kara’s beliefs about her mother. Also, Cat is threatened with being removed as the CEO of CatCo after a hacker exposes her private and damaging emails, on SUPERGIRL, Monday, December 14th on CBS.