The Supergirl TV series, which didn’t even have a home a few months ago, has grown by leaps and bounds over the past few weeks. Greg Berlanti’s new drama set to air on CBS this fall will star Glee alum Melissa Benoist as Kara Zor-El, Superman’s cousin, who shares his both super powers and otherworldly origins. And rounding out the cast is Mehcad Brooks (Necessary Roughness) as Jimmy Olsen, Chyler Keigh (Grey’s Anatomy) as Kara’s foster sister Alexandra and Calista Flockhart (Ally McBeal) as Kara’s boss Cat Grant.
For longtime fans of Superman, onscreen and in the comics, there’ll also be plenty of surprises in store when the show premieres later this year. Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman star Dean Cain and Supergirl film star Helen Slater will appear in the show’s pilot. Then there’s also the casting of a very important supporting character that Superman fans should recognize. David Harewood will play Hank Henshaw, who in the comics becomes the super-villain Cyborg Superman.
But Harewood isn’t the only member of the cast who could end up playing a villain before the series is over. The Wrap reports The Last Five Years star Jeremy Jordan has joined Supergirl as Winslow “Winn” Schott, a tech genius and superstar IT whiz who works alongside Kara at Cat Grant’s company, CatCo. Astute comic book fans may notice that Winslow Schott is the real name of Superman villain the Toyman.
Jordan’s career is clearly on the rise. After getting his start in various Broadway musicals, the stage actor first made it big in Hollywood with a leading role on NBC’s Smash. From there, he did a guest stint on Elementary and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, before truly breaking out in this year’s film adaptation of the popular musical The Last Five Years with Anna Kendrick.
He is now set to guest star in the Supergirl pilot with the potential to recur later on. Jordan responded to the casting news on Twitter:
Interestingly enough, Supergirl could end up being Jordan’s first major onscreen role that isn’t related to a musical. Presumably, there won’t be any singing on the show, so this is a very big step for the stage performer turned screen actor.
His character the Toyman is best known in the comics for using toys to commit violent and sometimes deadly crimes. His weapons of choice are life-sized wind-up tanks, acid-spraying water pistols and toy soldiers that carry real guns. The character even ended up murdering a bunch of children in one issue of the comic. It’s uncertain if the tone of the TV show will be dark enough for something like that to happen on the series.
What do you think, Screen Rant readers? Are you excited to see a younger version of Toyman in Supergirl? What do you make of the show’s cast so far? Let us know in the comments.
Supergirl is expected to air on CBS sometime in 2015.
Source: The Wrap