Jesse Rath Cast as Brainiac 5 in Supergirl

TVLine brings word that a major new addition to The CW’s Supergirl has been cast with former Defiance star Jesse Rath as Brainiac 5.

Hailing from the far future, and a descendent of the original Superman villain himself, Brainiac 5 is a member of the Legion of Superheroes who will travel to National City from the 31st century. The outlet reports he’ll be helping Supergirl and the DEO battle super villain Reign when he arrives. In the pages of DC Comics, Brainiac 5 was also a love interest for the girl of steel. Rath will first appear in Season 3 Episode 10, which is fittingly titled “Legion of Super-Heroes.”

In other Supergirl news, you can check out the photos from tonight’s episode of the series in the gallery below! Titled “Damage,” the episode features the return of filmmaker Kevin Smith to the director’s chair. It is officially described as follows:

“When multiple children get sick from lead poisoning, Morgan Edge (guest star Adrian Pasdar) points the finger at Lena (Katie McGrath) and blames her creation of the lead bomb she made to save National City from the Daxamites. While Lena knows she never intended any harm, she fears there may have been a flaw in her design, leaving her responsible. Kara (Melissa Benoist) teams up with Samantha (Odette Annable) to clear Lena’s name, but it turns out to be harder than they thought. Meanwhile, Alex (Chyler Leigh) and Maggie (guest star Floriana Lima) make a crucial decision about the future of their relationship.”

The episode was written by Eric Carrasco & Cindy Lichtman.

Supergirl stars Melissa Benoist as Kara Danvers/Supergirl, Mehcad Brooks as James Olsen, Chyler Leigh as Alex Danvers, Jeremy Jordan as Winslow ‘Winn’ Schott, Chris Wood as Mon-El, Katie McGrath as Lena Luthor, Odette Annable as Sam/Reign, and David Harewood as Hank Henshaw/J’onn J’onnz.

Based on the DC characters created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, the series is executive produced by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, Sarah Schechter, Robert Rovner and Jessica Queller. Supergirl is produced by Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

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