Here's your first look at SUPERGIRL's Red Tornado

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While watching The Flash, there probably wasn’t a week that went by where I was not gobsmacked with the incredibly high level of visual effects and costume design that they were regularly producing on a TV show budget. Some of the stuff they did really rivaled the type of work you would see in a big budget Hollywood blockbuster. But I guess not all superhero TV shows can pull off that feat though.

While what we’ve seen of CBS’ upcoming Supergirl TV series – which is produced by many of the same folks who gave us The Flash – has looked pretty good from a technical standpoint, this latest reveal will probably leave your face red. That’s from slapping your palm onto it several times, in case you were wondering.

The reason for the facepalm is this first pic of the supervillain android Red Tornado that the network released (via EW) over the past weekend. And it looks like kinda sucky.

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Yeesh! It’s like somebody made one of those Sweded homemade trailers for Avengers: Age of Ultron and this is their $20 version of Paul Bettany’s Vision. I mean that looks like it would be totally at home on the set of a new Power Rangers TV show. I’m hoping that this is once again just another case of “it will look better in motion” because right now that is not working for me.

And if you’re not familiar with the classic DC Comics character, in his comic book origin he is actually the amalgamation of two separate entities: a highly advanced android body designed by Dr. T.O. Morrow to send against the Justice Society of America, who gets inhabited and “brought to life” by a wind elemental spirit. The combination gives him enhanced intelligence, strength, an incredibly durable body and the ability to generate cyclone-force winds that he utilizes for flight, combat and other uses.

For Supergirl, Salem actor Iddo Goldberg will play T.O. Morrow as well as the android he creates in his own likeness. The official character description gives no mention of air elemental powers though, merely describing Red Tornado as “the most advanced android the world has ever seen. Designed by scientist T.O. Morrow for the U.S. Army as the ultimate superweapon, he soon becomes sentient, posing a grave danger to National City — including the people Supergirl cares about most.”

Supergirl stars Melisa Benoist (Glee, Whiplash) as Superman’s eponymous superheroine cousin, while the support cast is rounded out by Callista Flockhart as Cat Grant, Mehcad Brooks as James Olsen, Chyler Leigh as Alex Danvers, David Harewood as Hank Henshaw and Jeremy Jordan as Winn Schott. It is scheduled to debut on October 26.

Last Updated: September 22, 2015

Kervyn Cloete

A man of many passions - but very little sleep - I've been geeking out over movies, video games, comics, books, anime, TV series and lemon meringues as far back as I can remember. So show up for the geeky insight, stay for the delicious pastries.

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