Fans of DC Comics superheroes have not gotten a chance to properly check out the highly anticipated pilot episode of the new CBS Supergirl TV series. Superman's cousin, the heroic Supergirl Kara Zor-El (Melissa Benoist), has tasked herself with defending the citizens of National City, since Superman doesn't need her help in Metropolis.
The series is bound to have a lot of casting news and rumors over the next few months - and right on the heels of the premiere we got the latest news that the DC Comics villain The Toyman has been cast. The odd part is that we already thought that role was cast this past March.
ComicBook.com is reporting that Henry Czerny (Revenge, Falling Skies) has landed the role of Winslow Schott, Sr. for one episode of the CBS Supergirl series. In a statement describing the character, Warner Bros. Television explains Schott's place in the series:
"Winslow Schott, Sr. is a classic D.C. supervillain, a mad criminal genius known as Toyman – and Winn’s estranged father. Toyman weaponizes toys to wreak destruction and revenge but is ultimately driven by one thing – the obsessive desire to reunite with his beloved son."
Czerny will appear on the tenth episode of the Supergirl series, which will air in 2016. This news may be confusing to some viewers, because we all heard the news this past spring that actor Jeremy Jordan (The Last Five Years) had been cast as Winslow "Winn" Schott in an ongoing role. It was assumed at that point we would see Jordan evolve into the notorious DC Comics baddie The Toyman, since Winslow Schott is the real name of the character in the comic books - something that even Jordan previously said he assumed would happen eventually on the show.
The fact that Jordan was cast as a character with a built-in nickname, like "Winn", to set him apart could have clued fans in that perhaps there was more to this character. The nickname is clearly to separate the son from the father, as Winslow Schott, Sr. will be the Toyman, at least for one episode. The idea of the son taking on the father's evil legacy is certainly a possibility down the road, as the Supergirl series continues to grow. Perhaps a situation similar to that of Green Goblin and his son Harry in the Sam Raimi helmed Spider-Man film series? Only time will reveal Winn's true nature.
As for what else the future holds for Supergirl: a possible future crossover with the CW's Arrow and The Flash shows will continue to be rumored. However, that will no doubt depend partly on how Supergirl ends up faring in the ratings.
Supergirl returns next Monday @8pm with “Stronger Together”.