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At the Television Critics Association summer press tour today, it was announced after a great deal of hushed rumors and speculation that Chris Wood of Vampire Diaries fame will play the role of Mon-El in the CW’s television version of Supergirl.

Mon-El, also known as Lar Gand, is a Daxamite.  Mon-El has a similar power set to Superman but has a weakness to lead instead of Kryptonite.  Mon-El is often portrayed as a member of the Legion of Superheroes– a superpowered team from the far-flung future of the DC Universe.  That team’s sigil has made appearances in episodes of Supergirl and The Flash in the past, though it remains to be seen whether Mon-El will carry this team affiliation with him into the Supergirl TV Show.

Chris Wood’s casting resolves the cliffhanger that Supergirl‘s first season ended on.  For those who need a refresher, at the conclusion of the season finale Supergirl discovered a Kryptonian escape pod similar to the one she came to Earth on had crash-landed on the outskirts of National City. She pulled the lid of the pod open and a shocked expression came over her face before the camera cut to black. Who was she looking at? Wonder no more.

MonElOh, and just in case you wanted more CW superhero news to close your day on, the showrunners also announced that Miss Martian would appear in Supergirl as well.  She will be portrayed by Dreamgirls and Grimm actor Sharon Leal!

Miss Martian, also known as M’gann M’orzz or Megan Morse, is a white martian who was sent away from Mars during the civil war between the green martians and the white martians.  On Earth, she initially poses as a green martian and joins the Teen Titans.

It remains to be seen how Miss Martian’s heritage will impact her relationship with green martian J’onn J’onzz aka Martian Manhunter, portrayed on Supergirl by actor David Harewood. In the first season of the show, Supergirl explored J’onn’s traumatic past in depth and even featured the leads taking on a rogue white martian.  We can be sure this will be a plot point in the season to come.

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