Tonight on Supergirl, the arrival of yet another classic Superman character will happen. This time, in the form of the god from the 5th Dimension, Mr. Mxyzptlk.
The actor who’s playing him in Supergirl, Peter Gadiot, talked with ComicBookResources.com about him, and what really makes the character tick:
“He is essentially a being, with almost infinite power, from the 5th Dimension. He’s someone who is known for his ability to do anything, but he doesn’t do it in an evil way. He’s not someone who has a black heart; he is more of a mischievous creature. He finds amusement in turning things inside out. He’s like a naughty boy and has a huge amount of power, but he doesn’t use it for pure evil. He uses it more for entertainment and fun and games. He’s one of the rarest and unique characters in that he has this ability to do anything, but only does so to annoy other people and just for a bit of fun. He’s very frustrating to characters like Superman and Supergirl. Usually, they can eventually defeat their opponents, but they have to think of a different way around Mxyzptlk. Unless you play his game, you aren’t going to get rid of him.”
In this version of the character, he’s a lot “younger” looking and acting, and developers a serious crush on Kara, to the extent that he asks her to marry him. Gadiot explained this too:
“First of all, the main thing to say is, “Who wouldn’t be obsessed with Kara? She’s gorgeous.” In the trailers, you see her in that wedding dress and she’s drop dead gorgeous. She’s a sweetheart and strong, independent — and she’s a fighter. I think she ticks every box. Someone like Mxyzptlk, who is from the 5th Dimension – when you are like him, who has lived for who knows how long – it’s quite amazing to see someone like her. He has to follow her. He may be misguided in his ways, but the reason why is self-evident.”
You can see his arrival on Supergirl tonight on the CW at 8/7c