Adaptations of DC Comics characters can be seen on a variety of TV networks this fall. The CW is building its own shared universe between Arrow, The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow, Fox has Gotham and the upcoming Lucifer, and CBS is finally entering the realm of comic book heroes with the premiere of Supergirl. From Greg Berlanti (Arrow, Flash) and Ali Adler (Chuck, No Ordinary Family), Supergirl will focus on twenty-something Kryptonian Kara Zor-El (Melissa Benoist) as she comes to terms with her powers.
The series will also bring to life other DC Comics characters like Cat Grant (Calista Flockhart), James Olsen (Mehcad Brooks), Hank Henshaw (David Harewood), Lucy Lane (Jenna Dewan-Tatum) and Winslow “Winn” Schott (Jeremy Jordan). In the comics, Schott is known as the villain Toyman, but Jordan says Supergirl’s version of the character is the audience stand-in and “fanboy.”
ComicBook.com attended a roundtable interview at Comic-Con International in San Diego this year, where Jordan discussed the differences between his version of Winn and the comic book character. Jordan explained that the show will be reinventing many of the DC characters that fans know from the comics, but predicted Winn will likely turn down a villainous path at some point:
“I can’t imagine, having named him that, that he’s not going to get to a darker place eventually, but right now, he’s fun, excitable, youthful, really happy and sort of silly and quirky and young and in love with Kara even though she doesn’t like him like that (but it’s okay, they’re still friends).”
On Supergirl, Winn is described as a tech expert who works with Kara at Cat Grant’s CatCo. Once set on her path to becoming Supergirl, Kara quickly tells Winn about her super-antics and he helps her develop her signature costume. The character will also act as an audience surrogate, which Jordan said he was excited to play:
“When I read the pilot, I was the audience member at that point and I was like, ‘Well, this is the character I relate to, because I feel like him. I feel like that’s me watching the show, experiencing these sort of fanboy moments for the first time.’ And I’m really excited to be that character that people can sort of relate to, at least at first.”
Additionally, Jordan talked about quickly hitting it off with his costar, Benoist, and hoped it reflects in their characters’ on screen dynamic. When asked about his and Benoist’s musical talents potentially being incorporated in the show, Jordan said they likely won’t, at least for the time being, but he’s pushing for a group number at next year’s SDCC.
Though Jordan’s version of Winslow Schott is certainly being introduced as a “fanboy” to Supergirl, there has been speculation of his villainous turn since the character was announced, helped along by early casting calls for Winn, which teased the character’s alter-ego as Toyman. Jordan’s speculation into the future of Winn seems to be in line with fan theories, but it isn’t necessarily confirmation that the Toyman will appear anytime soon on Supergirl.
Of course, Winn’s development into Toyman may be a long process, like The Flash’s evolution of Caitlin Snow (Danielle Panabaker) and Cisco Ramon (Carlos Valdes). Though fans knew of Caitlin’s comic book alter-ego as Killer Frost from the start, Cisco was later revealed to be the DC character Vibe. However, the progression of these characters into their superpowered counterparts has been slow, and will continue to be so in the case of Killer Frost.
That being said, how the series develops his character, whether continuing on as an ally or transitioning into a villain, remains to be seen. Though Jordan’s version of Winn may eventually evolve into Toyman, he will start off Supergirl season 1 as Kara’s friend, superhero tailor, and potential love interest.
Supergirl premieres on CBS at 8:30 p.m. EST on October 26th, 2015. It will air at 8 p.m. EST on Mondays thereafter.