'Supergirl' Villain Toyman's DC Comics History Connects Him To Cat Grant In A Terrible Way
True to its roots, Supergirl has already brought a number of DC villains to life, including Livewire, Red Tornado, Non, and Reactron. It seems like the latest antagonist to be adapted to live-action by the series, appearing in Monday night's new episode "Childish Things," has important connections to a few of the people in Kara's life. However, if you're familiar with Toyman's DC Comics history, you know that could mean serious trouble on Supergirl.
In the comics, Toyman was born Winslow Schott, which should be a familiar name for fans of the TV series. But don't worry, it doesn't seem that Kara's friend Winn Schott will become a villain, as his dad is actually taking on the Toyman persona. The comic version of Toyman had an aptitude for making toys as a child, which made other children jealous of his homemade, one-of-a-kind playthings. Because of his talents, Schott grew up to be a renowned toymaker, even launching his own toy company. However, when Lex Luthor's LexCorp purchased Schott's company, it left the toymaker jobless and wanting revenge on the corporation's founder, especially because LexCorp was using his toys for military reasons. Schott adopted the moniker of Toyman and attempted to assassinate Luthor (to no success) and, after a few battles with Superman, was captured and put in prison.
However, the more interesting part of Toyman's history comes next, when he crosses paths with a key Supergirl character: Cat Grant. After Toyman escapes prison — because this is a superhero comic and of course a villain can escape from prison — he abducts a number of children in Metropolis, including Cat's son, Adam. But, when Adam attempts to free himself and the other children, Toyman kills all of them.
As a result, Cat thinks about killing Toyman herself, but inevitably decides against it. Later, Cat visits Toyman in prison to find out why he killed her son, but Schott blames the children — just in case you weren't convinced he was a seriously evil villain already. Plus, Toyman experienced delusions of his mother's voice in his head, which also encouraged him to commit violence against children (seriously: yikes).
This should be important to Supergirl's version, because we know Toyman will escape from prison, and that Cat's older son, Adam, will arrive in National City soon. Plus, given Cat's conversations with Kara about her estranged son — on the show, he goes by Adam Foster — this storyline could provide for some exciting action and compelling drama.
Of course, that doesn't mean Toyman will kill Adam, but I'd be surprised if the two don't cross paths in some way. It's much more likely that in this version, the villain will kidnap Adam, only to be stopped from carrying out his plan by the equally badass Supergirl and Cat.
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