“Supergirl” loves keeping villains in the family. The last moments of the series premiere revealed that Kara’s (Melissa Benoist) big enemy will be her Aunt Astra (Laura Benanti), the twin of her dead mother. Yet it seems her family won't be the only one that stirs up some drama on the CBS superhero show. Winn’s (Jeremy Jordan) father will also cause trouble.
Fans of the comics have known since the beginning that Winn would be connected to trouble as Winslow Schott is the name of the Toyman. As previously reported, producers teased that there would be a connection between Winn and the villain, and the casting announcement for the Toyman explains that he is Winn’s father. Former “Revenge” actor Henry Czerny will play the role, but don’t expect Winn and Winslow to team up.
“Winslow Schott, Sr. is a classic DC supervillain, a mad criminal genius known as Toyman -- and Winn’s estranged father,” DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns told ComicBook.com. “Toyman weaponizes toys to wreak destruction and revenge but is ultimately driven by one thing -- the obsessive desire to reunite with his beloved son.”
Executive producer Andrew Kreisberg promised that Winn won’t take after his father. “He becomes a strong ally,” Kreisberg revealed to Entertainment Weekly. “In the same way that we have Team Flash, we have the Super Friends, even though that’s not what Kara wants to call them. Winn, Jimmy and Alex form her clandestine crime-fighting unit. He’s her best friend.”
It’s clear that the “Supergirl” writers enjoy family drama. Kreisberg explained why the show’s villains are related to the heroes while discussing Astra’s introduction. “For us, we love when you have the hero and villain being linked, and what you can do to make what's happening between them personal,” he told the Hollywood Reporter. “Nothing is more personal than family, but to then go one step further and have the villain be an exact replica of her mother is going to be really cool.”
Unlike Astra, Toyman will not be around for long. As of right now, he is only signed on for one episode.
“Supergirl” Season 1 airs Mondays at 8 p.m. EST on CBS.