CBS’ upcoming SUPERGIRL series will be dipping into comic book lore and adapting four-color characters for the small screen. Among them will be the complicated evil-turned-good android Red Tornado — whose powers are about what you’d expect from his name.
Now we have our first look at the live-action Red Tornado, and I can tell you… well, he’s red. I’m really concerned about the… texture of this synthetic life form. Are the designers trying to make it look like he’s covered in some kind of rough fabric? Is it supposed to be cardboard? Specialized body armor? Is it supposed to look like his parts are cheaply spray-painted?
The character is played by Iddo Goldberg, who will also play the android’s creator, Dr. T.O. Morrow. The comic book tornado was created by Gardner Fox and Dick Dillin and made his first full appearance in 1968’s Justice League of America #64.
In the TV series, the character is officially described as follows:
“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 premieres Oct. 26 on CBS.