Rahul Kohli Joins Supergirl As Potential Villain

A few days ago, iZombie star Rahul Kohli cryptically tweeted about his first day on set of a new project. Speculation immediately followed that it might be related to DCTV, and now Entertainment Weekly has confirmed that he will be appearing in an upcoming episode of Supergirl.

It seems that he’ll be trading one kind of genius for another, going from medical examiner Dr. Ravi Chakrabarti to a tech guru named Jack Spheer. In a Green Arrow team-up story called Power Company, Jack develops a plasma that controls organic tissue. Apparently his reason for doing so on Supergirl is that he’s looking to eliminate certain illnesses. But will his process work, or will power go to his head and turn him villainous?

Rahul Kohli with iZombie costar Rose McIver

Jack arrives in National City looking to demonstrate his new technology to the press, which means we’ll see Kara Danvers (Melissa Benoist) and Snapper Carr (Ian Gomez) doing some hard-hitting journalism that episode. Sounds like he’s also got a romantic past with Lena Luthor (guest star Katie McGrath), which breaks my Supercorp-loving heart just a little. Will their flame will rekindle? Or burn out entirely?

Kohli’s appearance takes place in episode 18 of Supergirl, titled “Ace Reporter.” Executive producer Andrew Kreisberg spoke to EW recently about the importance of Kara’s journalism in the world of the show, “especially in the times we now find ourselves living in.” He went on to explain that, “We’re one of the few shows on television that actually has a journalist as a lead character. We really get a chance to talk about the importance of journalism, and the importance of journalism ethics, and how important [it is to have] the objective truth be out there now.”

It’ll be a treat to see Supergirl tackle true ethics in journalism, and certainly a change of pace from how it has handled Kara’s reporting thus far – not to mention how it’s (not) handled on fellow DCTV show The Flash. If the story works, perhaps our CW superheroes will start spending more time interacting with and uplifting the everyday heroes that our country needs today.