We have some exciting news for upcoming episodes of ‘Supergirl‘. The CW has announced that one of Superman’s oldest Foes will be making his way to National City to pester Kara. That foe is Mr. Mxyzptlk. For all the latest details on this check out the news below and share your thoughts AFTER THE JUMP!
Mr. Mxyzptlk will appear in two episodes of Supergirl later this season. No character details were provided and a actor hasn’t been cast in the role yet, but The CW has confirmed that he’ll be around sometime during the latter half of Season 2. He is the latest Superman antagonist to be awarded screen time on Supergirl since the show’s inception. That lineup of baddies also includes Livewire, Metallo, Toyman, Parasite, Silver Banshee and Cyborg Superman.
Mr. Mxyzptlk debuted in the comics in 1944’s Superman #30, only six years after Superman’s first appearance. He is an magical being (often described as an “imp”) from the fifth dimension. Like that realm’s other residents, this allows him to manipulate reality in a way that looks like magic to us in the third dimension. Rather than being a malevolent villain, Mxyzptlk is usually (but not always) portrayed as a trickster who likes to likes to pester Superman. In Mxyzptlk’s early years, the only way to “defeat” him was by sending him back to the fifth dimension, which was accomplished by tricking him into saying or spelling his name backwards. That weakness has since been removed, and now Mxyzptlk usually returns once he’s had his fun.
Mr. Mxyzptlk’s previous live action appearances include the 1980s Superboy TV series and Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. He was also loosely adapted in Smallville as Mikhail Mxyzptlk, a foreign exchange student who had the power to influence the body of anyone within earshot of him. He’s also made numerous appearances in animated media, like Superman: The Animated Series. It remains to be seen whether Supergirl’s iteration of Mxyzptlk will have past history with Superman or if he’ll target Kara Zor-El first.