Tuesday, March 22, 2016

SUPERGIRL Casts Eve Torres Gracie as Maxima

The Girl of Steel is about to run into a myriad of problems.

CBS has revealed that Supergirl has cast Eve Torres Gracie as DC Comics supervillain (and occasional superhero) Maxima.  Maxima will be featured in the series' nineteenth episode, "Myriad," written by Yahlin Chang and Caitlin Parrish.  Here's the official episode synopsis from CBS...

“Myriad” – Kara must find a way to free her friends when Non (Chris Vance) and Indigo (Laura Vandervoort) use mind control to turn National City’s citizens into their own army, on SUPERGIRL, Monday, April 11 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

RECURRING CAST: Laura Benanti (Alura/Astra), Jenna Dewan-Tatum (Lucy Lane), Chris Vance (Non), Peter Facinelli (Maxwell Lord), Laura Vandervoort (Indigo), Briana Venskus (Agent Vasquez), Glenn Morshower (General Sam Lane) and Dr. Eliza Danvers (Helen Slater) GUEST CAST: Eve Torres Gracie (Maxima)

Torres Gracie, 31, is best known as a former WWE wrestler and Divas Champion.  She has also appeared in Chancara in the 2015 film Scorpion King 4: Quest for Power, and on the television series Matador, Stars Earn Stripes, Attack of the Show, Sunset Tan, and The Best Damn Sports Show Period.

Created in 1989 by Roger Stern and George Pérez, Maxima first appeared in Action Comics (vol.1) #645 as the hot-tempered, oldest child of the Royal family of the planet Almerac, who came to Earth in search of a suitable mate to sire her heir, leaving behind Ultraa, her betrothed.  A simulacrum of Maxima arrived on Earth brought to Earth by her servant Sazu, who took it upon herself to convince Superman to be her mate.  The simulacrum was destroyed and Sazu ended up imprisoned.  The real Maxima then appeared to free Sazu and came face to face with Superman.  She and Superman, she argued, were genetically compatible and she could give him what no Earth woman could -- children. She was infuriated when Superman rejected her offer, saying he had no desire to father despots.

Maxima later found herself reluctantly working with Brainiac, who attempted to destroy Almerac with the Warworld.  She turned against him, and helped Earth's heroes defeat him, subsequently joining a reformed Justice League for her own reasons. As a Leaguer, she helped in the fight against Doomsday, and when that version of the League disbanded, she became a member of Captain Atom's Extreme Justice team.  She considered Captain Atom as a potential mate, but he was also not interested.  She later had a brief fling with another teammate, Amazing-Man, which lasted until the team was dissolved.  While part of the Extreme Justice team she joined with other heroes on a trip to Hell itself, mistakenly believing that Superman was trapped there.  During the battle, Maxima fell and was lost, but was sent back to Earth when Neron, the current ruler of hell, was subdued.

Maxima eventually conceded her position when Almerac's rendezvous showed up using a Boom Tube.  She explained that she was leading her people to safety from Imperiex, the force that conquered her world.  To save her people, she allied herself with Darkseid's son, Grayven, who took them to regions unknown.  She and a myriad of heroes and villains formed alliances with Earth and Apokolips in an effort to destroy Imperiex.  Maxima ultimately met her demise placing her ship between the destructive beams of Brainiac 13's Warworld, which would have resulted in the destruction of the entire universe.

Torres Gracie will be the second actress to portray Maxima in live action, after Charlotte Sullivan on the CW series Smallville.  The character has also appeared on Superman: The Animated Series, voiced by Sharon Lawrence.

Supergirl airs on CBS Monday nights at 8 p.m. EST, with "Myriad" slated for Monday, April 11th.

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