Television and movie star Kevin Sorbo will join the cast of "Supergirl" in a recurring role as a mysterious new villain. A feminist group, however, is not happy due to the outspoken conservative actor's "off-screen persona."
"I leave next week!" the 58-year-old actor, best known for starring in the title role of the 1990s television series "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys," told Entertainment Today. "I'm heading up to Vancouver, and I'll be doing a three-show arc, and Teri Hatcher's playing my wife."
Talking about his stint in the series, Sorbo commented, "I'm from another planet that's an arch-rival planet of Krypton, which is now of course destroyed."
"Since his days as Hercules, Kevin Sorbo has brought such a strong presence to the screen and we couldn't be more excited to have him join us on Supergirl," Vulture quotes "Supergirl" Executive Producer Andrew Kreisberg as saying.
Keisha Hatchett of the feminist The Mary Sue website, however, called Sorbo a real life villain, arguing, "This is the same guy who went on a lovely Facebook rant where he called Ferguson protesters 'animals.' He wrote: 'Ferguson riots have very little to do with the shooting of the young man. It is an excuse to be the losers these animals truly are. It is a tipping point to frustration built up over years of not trying, but blaming everyone else, The Man, for their failures. It's always someone else's fault when you give up. Hopefully this is a reminder to the African Americans (I always thought we just Americans. Oh, well.) that their President the voted in has only made things worse for them, not better.'"
Hatchett added, "There's also this anti-Hillary tirade among other things. I suppose the fact that he's playing a villain works here since I already dislike him as a person. The big question, however, is which villain will he be?"
In a 2014 interview with CNSNews, Sorbo, who has garnered a reputation for being involved in Christian films including box office hit "God's Not Dead," said Hollywood is less than welcoming of conservatives and Christians.
"I think being a conservative in Hollywood and being a Christian in Hollywood, you get attacked," he told CNSNews. "It's so strange to me that the media sits there and protects the things that they protect, or they ignore the things that they ignore, and they go after stories like global warming—like that's more important than what's going on in the world right now with these terrorists."
He also noted that Christians often "get bashed" in America.
"I don't know why Christians get bashed. Christians aren't the ones beheading children and blowing up churches and buses with women and children on board," he noted. "So, I don't understand why Christians get attacked and we sit here and protect Muslims [and] say, 'oh well, can't judge them all.' Wow, it's so strange to me what we protect and what we go after right now in this country through the media."