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The #DCTV Secrets of SUPERGIRL Ep. 1: "Pilot"

The #DCTV Secrets of SUPERGIRL Ep. 1: "Pilot"

By Paul Malmont Monday, October 26th, 2015

Supergirl may bring hope to National City but her new series brings along with it secrets from throughout comic book history. We're here to tease you with all the #DCTV Secrets hiding in each episode.

Enough secrets here to fill a fortress!

The Supergirl series heads up, up and away with a fantastic premiere but behind every new superhero show are a bunch of references and secrets. Here are this week's #DCTV Secrets you’ll be talking about tomorrow:

  • Who are the Danvers?
  • Who is Otto Binder?
  • Who is Vartox?
  • Who is Sprang?
  • Who are Gates and Igle?
  • What is the DEO?
  • Who is Hank Henshaw?
  • What is Fort Rozz?
  • Who is "The General?"

Want to carry on the conversation about the #DCTV Secrets.  Jump on #DCTV in Twitter and see what clues others have found.

Don’t go any further if you don’t want to know any more.  But of course you do and you will.






Familiar Family

Similar to the comics, the Danvers family ends up raising Kara similar to how the Kents raised Clark. However, for fans of classic DC Comics television and film, the actors portraying Kara's adoptive parents might look awfully familiar.

Helen Slater, who plays Eliza Danvers, previously portrayed Supergirl in the 1984 film while Dean Cain famously played Kara's cousin Superman in the '90s television series "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman."

Otto Binder Bridge

One of the most influential comic book creators, Otto Binder wrote the debut of Supergirl Kara Zor-El alongside artist Al Plastino in Action Comics #252. Binder also wrote about Krypto the Super Dog, the Legion of Super-Heroes, Lucy Lane and more!

A Very Different Vartox

The villain Vartox first appeared in Superman #281 but the comic book version of the character differs from the one seen in the episode. A sometimes ally, sometimes enemy to Superman, Vartox most recently appeared during the Power Girl series by Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner.

Dick Sprang

Artist Dick Sprang gained fame for his work on the Dark Knight but together with writer Otto Binder, Sprang helped develop the original version Supergirl in Action Comics #123, which involved Jimmy Olsen wishing a Girl of Steel into existence.

Sterling Gates and Jamal Igle

The creative team of Gates and Igle first joined the Supergirl title with issue #34 and together had one of the most memorable modern runs with the character, which saw Kara facing off against threats such as Reactron, Bizarro Girl and the mysterious Superwoman.

The Department of Extranormal Operations

A secret government agency, the DEO first appeared in Batman #550 and closely monitors—and neutralizes if necessary—those with superpowers. In the comics, Mister Bones serves as the executive director of the DEO and agents included Cameron Chase, Kate Spencer, and Batwoman.

The Cyborg Superman

In the "Supergirl" series, Hank Henshaw heads the DEO but the comic book version of the character gained notoriety as the Cyborg Superman, one of the DC Universe's greatest villains.  The character first appeared in Adventures of Superman #465 as a scientist but debuted as one of the replacement Supermen in Adventures of Superman #500 following the Man of Steel's demise at the hands of Doomsday. 

Fort Rozz

Like in show, Fort Rozz served as a Kryptonian prison in the comics, housing some of the planet's most dangerous criminals including Dev-Em, Jax-Ur, and more. Fort Rozz played an important and crucial role in the Action Comics storyline "Last Son" written by Geoff Johns and Richard Donner.

Fiendish Family

The ending of the episode revealed the General as Kara's aunt—and apparent twin to Kara's mother Alura. Comic fans might know Superman's Kryptonian father Jor-El was brothers with Supergirl's Kryptonian father Zor-El. However, not much was known about Alura or her family. While this character may not have a comic book counterpart, she'll surely play a major role in the series moving forward.

See you next week.