The Supergirl midseason finale left fans with a cliffhanger they weren't expecting. The show has taken a few unexpected turns over just the first few episodes, and there's every possibility the show will continue to turn up the heat as it pushes forward. The series returns next week with the episode 'Blood Bonds,' which appears to set up a few new characters and plot threads.
So far the show has revealed several known characters from the DC Universe, including Martian Manhunter, Non (who is most famous for his appearance in Superman II), Red Tornado, and other villains like Livewire. If rumors are to be believed, fans will see many more familiar characters from the DC Universe in the near future. And a new promo for Supergirl's upcoming episode seems to confirm some of these rumors.
CBS has released a new ad for the upcoming midseason premiere of Supergirl. The promo, which you can watch above, teases continuing plotlines with Non, Martian Manhunter, and the fact that Cat Grant knows Supergirl's secret identity now. But the promo also teases the debut of Toyman in the show, something that was teased not too long ago.
Toyman, also known as Winslow Schott Sr. is a well know Superman villain in DC Comics lore. However, the portrayal of Toyman has often differed from one medium to the next. He has appeared in multiple comics, animated projects, and even in the live-action show Smallville, where he was depicted as a obsessive and disturbed tech genius. While this new version of Toyman will likely draw inspiration from each version, creators and actor (Henry Czerny) will also likely add their own spin on the character.
Also teased in the promo is the relationship between Supergirl and J'onn J'onzz, a.k.a. Martian Manhunter. Previously, only Kara's sister Alex Danvers knew that Hank Henshaw was the friendly alien from Mars. But as this promo suggests, Kara is about to find out. This has the potential to move the plot forward at a significant rate and allow proper team-ups between the two aliens: Martian Manhunter and Supergirl.
The promo also asks the question: What will Cat Grant do with the information of Supergirl's identity as her own personal assistant Kara Danvers? Cat has been rather friendly to Supergirl (and Kara) so far, but may have difficulty passing up on the story of a lifetime.
Toyman and Martian Manhunter are not the first major DC characters to become part of Supergirl, nor will they be the last. We've previously seen characters like Livewire and Red Tornado, but we may also see many other villains appear in the near future. Recently, Bizarro, Silver Banshee, White Martians, and potentially more female superheroes have all been rumored to appear on the show. If the latter two turn out to be true, maybe we'll see Miss Martian appear at some point.
Season 1 of Supergirl is starting to feel a bit crowded, with multiple villains of the week, and only a few plot threads to tie it all together. But that may possibly change in the near future, especially considering how this new episode appears to follow up on past storylines.
Supergirl will return to CBS on January 4th, 2016 @8pm with "Blood Bonds."