CBS Releases First Red Tornado Image From Supergirl Season One

Sunday, 20 September 2015 - 3:57PM
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Supergirl
Sunday, 20 September 2015 - 3:57PM
CBS Releases First Red Tornado Image From Supergirl Season One
Comic book TV shows are almost in full swing, with Gotham season 2 premiering tomorrow and the Flash and Arrow both beginning their new seasons in just a few short weeks. Lagging a bit behind is Supergirl, which won't air until over a month from now. Yet Supergirl seems to be a promising show, with some thinking it could be one of the biggest sci-fi TV shows of the Fall. Now CBS has released a first look at one of the DC characters who will play a part in the show: Red Tornado.

Warner Bros. describes 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."

Some are already making comparisons to Marvel's character Vision, who's recently gained popularity since his introduction in The Avengers: Age of Ultron. It's hard not to see the similarities, but it should be noted that Red Tornado was actually created before the Vision, with Red Tornado making his first appearance in Justice League of America #64 from August 1968 and the Vision making his first appearance in The Avengers #57, from October 1968 (before this, the Vision was a completely different non-android character with no resemblance to the Red Tornado). So it might be a bit much to say that DC is copying Marvel for using a character design they technically had first. Both companies have drawn inspiration from each other in the past, but that's a totally different discussion for another time.

Red Tornado may not be an A-list character in the DC Universe, but he has played a few pretty big roles in different comics and animated series. He's most well known for his parts in the animated shows Justice League Unlimited and Young Justice, where he served as a mentor/babysitter for the world's younger generation of superheroes.

The getup that Red Tornado appears in with this image doesn't seem too impressive. Many fans were hoping that he would take a more metallic look, and from this pic, it's hard to argue that it wouldn't have been better. Appearances aren't everything, however, and it's hard to judge the character based upon one promotional image. Fans may just have to wait until Supergirl progresses throughout the season to see for themselves whether Red Tornado's role in the show is really something to get excited about. Episode 1 of Supergirl airs Monday, October 26th at 8:30/7:30c on CBS.
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