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The upcoming CBS series Supergirl has been adding names left and right in recent weeks, and today is a continuation of that trend. New reports have named Jeremy Jordan as the latest actor to join the cast - and he may wind up having an important role as a key villain on the show.
The Wrap has gotten word that Jeremy Jordan has signed on to Supergirl as Winslow “Winn” Schott, described as "a tech genius and superstar IT whiz" who is a co-worker of the titular character, (played by Melissa Benoist). Right now, some of you DC Comics fans may be scratching your heads wondering why that name sounds familiar. It's because Winslow Schott is the alter ego of Toyman, a genius inventor who uses toy-themed gadgets to commit crime:
In the comics, Winslow Schott began as a simple store owner and inventor who was able to use his genius mechanical engineering abilities to create wonderful toys that he hoped to share with children all around the world. Unfortunately, he winds up selling his designs to the wrong people, and they wind up being used as weapons. Schott's turn to villainy begins with an act of revenge, but he eventually dug himself deeper into the crime world. He's primarily known for his showdowns with Superman and Batman, but he has also had encounters with Supergirl. At this point, it's unclear how much - if any - of this backstory will be translated into the show version.
At this point, it's unclear exactly how big Jeremy Jordan's role on Supergirl may be, as he's credited as a guest star in the pilot, and apparently has the potential to return. If he were to become a regular, he wouldn't be alone as a future villain hiding in plain sight on a superhero TV show. Gotham has that with Cory Michael Smith's Edward Nygma (who will one day become the supervillain known as The Riddler), and Flash has Danielle Panabaker's Caitlin Snow (who will one day become the supervillain known as Killer Frost).
Jeremy Jordan, best known for his role on the shorlived series Smash and for playing opposite Anna Kendrick in The Last Five Years, joins a Supergirl cast that also includes Mehcad Brooks as Jimmy Olsen, Laura Benanti as Supergirl's birthmother, Calista Flockhart as media mogul Cat Grant, Chyler Leigh as Kara's foster sister, and David Harewood as Hank Henshaw. CBS has already ordered a season of the show, but a release date has not yer been announced