Will Winn Become a DC Comics Supervillain on Supergirl?

Tuesday, 17 November 2015 - 11:28AM
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Tuesday, 17 November 2015 - 11:28AM
Will Winn Become a DC Comics Supervillain on Supergirl?
Last night's Supergirl was the best episode yet, regardless of having aired out of order (or maybe because of it, as new shows often find their footing around the fifth episode). Although there's still the occasional corny bit of dialogue here and there, Melissa Benoist's Kara continues to charm, Livewire is the most fun villain introduced so far, and there was an impressive foregrounding of mother-daughter relationships. Father-son relationships are all over television, movies, and literature ("all the best cowboys have daddy issues," right?), while the familial relationships between women generally aren't treated as mythic or archetypal. Supergirl flouted that stereotype, as "Livewire" featured a prominent and often nuanced exploration of the conflicts between mothers and daughters and their effect on a young woman's development.

There was, however, one cowboy with a daddy issue this episode (although luckily, it was relegated to a line or two). Winn Schott, Kara's adorably nerdy best friend, revealed that his father, "a horrible man," is in jail. We don't know his crimes just yet, but it was recently reported that Henry Czerny was cast as Winslow Schott Sr., aka the DC Comics supervillain Toyman. When Jeremy Jordan was cast as "Winn Schott" on Supergirl, many assumed that he would eventually become a villain, but it seems that his father is taking on the Toyman identity. 

This doesn't necessarily mean that Schott won't become a villain as well, though. Since Henry Czerny is only billed as a guest star, it's possible that his introduction will serve as the beginnings of a villainous origin story for his son, who will eventually follow in his footsteps. This would be a little sad, as Winn is endearing as the comic relief, but it might also give him more of a place in the plot in the future, as this whole friend-zoning plot is going to get old really fast.

(You only get a tiny glimpse of her horrified face right after this uninvited kiss, but it's painful. I'm not on board with this pairing.)

In all likelihood, they're keeping their options open, which is exactly how it should be. Now, they get the best of both worlds: the character has a connection to the DC Comics mythology, but his fate isn't necessarily sealed, which allows them to do what's right for the characters and the relationships. Contrast this approach with Caitlin Snow on The Flash, for example; Caitlin has much better chemistry with Barry than Iris, but the writers' hands are tied, because Barry ends up with Iris West in the comics, and Caitlin is destined to become Killer Frost. Oh, well.

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Regardless, we know for a fact that Toyman is coming to Supergirl, which means trouble ahead for Cat Grant. In the comics, Toyman abducts a group of children and ultimately kills Cat's son, Adam, who has been referenced several times and has been cast for a future episode. Killing off a child seems pretty dark for Supergirl, but it certainly seems to be where they're heading.


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