Already throughout the first season of CBS’s Supergirl, the series has introduced a number of DC Comics villains for Kara Danvers/Zor-El (Melissa Benoist) to face. The show has put a new spin on antagonists like Jemm (Charles Halford), Red Tornado (Iddo Goldberg), and Livewire (Brit Morgan) with many more set to appear during the rest of the season once Supergirl returns from its winter hiatus – including Silver Banshee played by Italia Ricci, White Martians, and Bizarro.
In addition to villains, the main characters of Supergirl are pulled from the comics as well, like Kara’s coworkers James Olsen (Mehcad Brooks), Cat Grant (Calista Flockhart), and Winn Scott (Jeremy Jordan). When Winn was first announced as a character, it seemed he would eventually evolve into the DC villain Toyman, but Henry Czerny was cast as his father and the actual Toyman. Now, an upcoming episode synopsis offers a hint of what to expect when Czerny makes his debut on Supergirl.
CB is reporting CBS released their official synopsis for the January 18th episode ‘Childish Things’, which introduces Winn’s estranged father, Winslow Schott a.k.a. Toyman (Czerny). According to CB, Toyman will be “a mad criminal genius” who “weaponizes toys to wreak destruction and revenge but is ultimately driven by one thing – the obsessive desire to reunite with his beloved son.” Additional details about the plot of ‘Childish Things’ can be gleaned from the episode’s official synopsis:
Kara does her best to support Winn when his father, the supervillain Toyman, breaks out of prison and seeks out his son for unknown reasons. Also, Cat offers Lucy a job at CatCo and Alex asks Hank to use his powers to help uncover Maxwell Lord’s plans, on SUPERGIRL, Monday, Jan. 18 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Henry Czerny guest stars as Winslow Schott, Sr., aka Toyman.
Supergirl has made it a point throughout the first run of the season to focus on family, with the relationship between Kara and her adoptive sister Alex (Chyler Leigh) playing a huge role, as well as Kara’s relationships with her mother, who died on Krypton, and her Aunt Astra (both played by Laura Benanti). Following along the same vein, it’s clear from the episode synopsis that Winn will get his chance at a storyline dedicated to this same theme, which may be a great opportunity for his character since he has, so far, largely been defined by his unrequited crush on Kara and his IT skills.
However, the portrayal of Toyman is slightly less clear. There have been multiple iterations of the DC villain throughout the comics, as well as animated series, features, video games, and the Superman live-action show Smallville. But, it seems likely Supergirl will put a new twist on Toyman just as the series has done with antagonists that previously appeared this season. Additionally, although Czerny’s take on Toyman seems to be the show’s primary version of the villain right now, it’s possible Winn could take after his father at some point; Jordan said before the season that his character may “get to a darker place eventually.” Supergirl could go a route similar to The Flash‘s Trickster and, at some point down the line, feature two versions of Toyman.
Of course, that won’t be happening anytime soon – if at all – on Supergirl. For now, Czerny will be the one and only Toyman, an experienced villain in the world established by the TV show, though more about the character is unclear. That said, Supergirl’s strong suit has more often than not been in the emotional story threads of its characters rather than the villains appearing in the episodes. So, it seems likely the relationship between Winn and his father will be the focus of ‘Childish Things’, which could make for some compelling drama on par with what we’ve seen from Supergirl so far.
Supergirl will return to CBS on January 4th, 2016 @8pm.