Monday’s new “Supergirl” will center on Hank Henshaw (David Harewood), whose real identity as J’onn J’onzz has been revealed to the DEO thanks to last week’s fight with a red kryptonite-infected Kara/Supergirl. The title of the episode “Manhunter” defines not only this strange visitor of the planet Mars, but the title has had some significant meaning on CBS since the days of the Old West.
To illustrate, “Manhunter” began as the season two premiere for “Have Gun – Will Travel” (1957-63) starring Richard Boone as Paladin, the dashing gentleman from San Francisco who is available for hire as a black-clad gunfighter that is willing to take on the jobs that no one else wants, such as bringing back a wanted killer from across state lines. Despite his dangerous profession, Paladin always had a deep respect for the law and a strong sense of justice – and an eye for the ladies, as well as the fining things in life. “Manhunter” was also the title of a short-lived series (1974-75) starring veteran character actor Ken Howard as Dave Barrett, a former Marine who makes a living in providing for his family and their farm by tracking down wanted fugitives across America during the crime wave of the Great Depression in the 1930s.
This “Supergirl” episode will show how and why J’onn J’onzz, the Martian Manhunter, became Hank Henshaw, the head of the DEO (Department of Extra-Normal Operations) and the guardian/protector/mentor/father figure to Kara/Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) and Alex (Chyler Leigh) Danvers since meeting their father Jeremiah (Dean Cain) years ago.
Literally working undercover in the dark as Hank Henshaw, J’onn J’onzz/Martian Manhunter is a gentleman knight in shining armor in the savage land of Earth: willing to risk his life and limb in making sure that this world is a safe place for both humans and aliens. He may not be fast enough with a gun, but J’onn is fast enough to blend in and becoming like the rest of humanity because he is a soldier not of fortune but of honor, integrity, character, and bravery: a hunter of man and alien, but the hunted of man and alien … the last sole survivor of his race. Though he literally have shades of green, J’onn J’onzz/Martian Manhunter is a hero because he is truly and literally a good-guy in black in a world of gray: a true hunter for peace, equality, tolerance, compassion, hope, truth and justice – just like Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, the Flash, Green Arrow … and Supergirl.
J’onn J’onzz/Martian Manhunter is a legend of yesterday, today, tomorrow … and forever.
In one week comes the “World’s Finest”: Kara/Supergirl meeting CW’s “The Flash” with Grant Gustin, taking on Livewire (Brit Morgan) and Silver Banshee (Italia Ricci).