I’ve had this idea in my head for awhile- shared it yesterday with @American-Alien, thought I’d also share with you guys, see what you think.
Geoff Johns almost had it with Toyman’s backstory-
But ‘man goes insane because his company is stolen from him’ isn’t relatable.
Here’s the change I would make- he actually had a wife. They actually had a son. The son dies from choking on a hazardous part from a toy Winslow’s company released, against his wishes. His wife leaves him, and he goes insane from the guilt of being partially responsible for the death of his son. So when he attacks Superman in this version-
-it’s his broken mind controlling a robot version of what he imagines his son could have been. And he doesn’t hate Superman- he hates that Superman saves people who aren’t worth saving.
I imagine also, that early in his career, he worked alongside men like Niles Caulder, Will Magnus, T.O Morrow, and Silas Stone but broke away to make toys for children, instead of making weapons. The machines he makes are ultra advanced, and no one gains that ability on their own. He would be especially interested in Robotman, and the ability to transfer a human mind into the body of a ‘living action figure’.
After the accident, he would do this more and more to escape reality, using a helmet he plugs his mind into to control the robots he creates. He can’t bare to look himself in the mirror unless he’s pretending to be something else. Maybe his sons favorite toy was one he passed down from when he was a child. An old marionette doll his father gave to him…