Spoilers: First look at The Flash’s Reverse-Flash (as well as plenty of theories on what it means)
SPOILERS AHEAD FOR CW’S THE FLASH
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Ok, you’ve had enough time to back out of the page now if you don’t want to know what’s coming to the new CW superhero show, The Flash. This article also discusses events from the first episode, including the final scene. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
Presumably, if you are reading this article you have already seen the first episode of the CW’s new DC superhero show and Arrow spin-off, The Flash. If you are new to the character, you may have been confused by the yellow blur that was presumably responsible for death of Barry Allen’s mother and for the framing of his father. Fans of the Flash comics, however, almost certainly assumed that the blur was the Flash’s arch-enemy, Reverse-Flash.
There’s still every possibility that the showrunners are just playing with their audience, using our own preconceived notions against us in order to set up a spectacular twist. After watching the pilot though, it seemed like a certainty that Reverse-Flash would play into the story somehow, most likely as the season’s – or perhaps the entire show’s – “big bad.” Rather than holding the villain back, however, it appears that we will see him appear on screen very soon. So soon that we now have a series of set pics to show us what he will look like.
The pictures, which debuted on Grantgustinnews.com, also give us a hint on when to expect the character’s official debut. The Flash recently completed filming an upcoming twoepisode crossover episode with Arrow, which is set to air as the 8th episode of the season (for both shows). Assuming The Flash follows the same production and broadcast schedule that Arrow has adhered to in its first two seasons (and since the two shows debuted the same week, there’s no reason to think it won’t), we could see the Reverse Flash this December in the ninth episode of the season this December, right before the show goes on a month long hiatus over the holidays.
So we have a rough idea when we will see Reverse Flash, and we now know what he will look like, but we don’t know who exactly he is under the mask. In the comics, the original Reverse Flash, aka Professor Zoom, is a time traveler from the 25th century named Eobard Thawne. His character has changed significantly over the years, and even died at the hands of the Flash (for a while). By name alone, the obvious candidate in the show is Central City Police Detective Eddie Thawne, played by Rick Cosnett. If Arrow is anything to go by, there is probably more to it though, and the obvious answer may not be the correct one.
In the late 90s, the comics expanded the rivalry of the Thawne and Allen families, introducing the character of Malcolm Thawne, aka the villain Cobalt Blue, as Barry Allen’s long lost twin brother. It’s a bit of a stretch to try a long lost twin story on primetime TV, but it’s possible that the character of Eddie Thawne may be a descendant of Eobard Thawne, and not actually the man under the cowl.
Another possibility is that the character is actually the second Reverse Flash from the comics known as Zoom, who battled Wally West, Barry Allen’s successor. Zoom began as a police officer named Hunter Zolomon, and was actually a friend to the Flash. Following an accident that left him paralyzed, Zolomon turned to the Flash and requested that the speedster travel back in time to prevent the injury. The Flash refused, and Zolomon tried to travel back on his own with disastrous results.
The time travel accident gave Zolomon the power to manipulate time in a way that made him appear to move at superspeeds. He then decided that the Flash needed to experience true tragedy to be a better hero, and so he attempted to kill West’s pregnant fiancé. The death of Barry Allen’s mother could have been meant to “make the Flash a better hero.” If so, the leading suspect would likely be the Flash’s new mentor, Dr. Harrison Wells (Tom Kavanaugh). As the final twist in the finale revealed, Wells may have some access to time travel, he genuinely seems to want the Flash to succeed, and he certainly is keeping secrets.
Or it could be something else completely that no one saw coming.
The images don’t give us any clue as to who may be behind the mask, as it appears to be a stuntman. One other thing to note that should excite fans of the comic is the ring on Reverse Flash’s hand. From a distance, it appears to be the same type of ring that Flash wore in the comics, which contains a shrunken version of his costume. Given that time travel is confirmed to be a factor in the show, the ring could be a futuristic carrier for a suit. Even if it isn’t, it seems to be prominently displayed, and so is probably an important story point. It also appears from the pics that Reverse Flash is beating the crap out of Flash. Not surprising, since it wouldn’t be very dramatic if Flash met his rival and simply dominated him from the start.
No matter who it is behind the mask, the show is definitely relying heavily on the Flash and DC comic lore. Along with Reverse Flash, several of the Flash’s Rogue Gallery will appear, including Captain Cold (played by Wentworth Miller, Dominic Purcell as Heatwave, Andy Mientus as Pied Piper, and Nick Tarabay as Captain Boomerang (who will appear first in Arrow). Several DC heroes will appear as well, including Ronnie Raymond (played by Robbie Amell, the cousin of Arrow star Stephen Amell) and Dr. Martin Stein – the two men who together make up the hero Firestorm.
For now though, it’s fun to speculate. Do you have another theory? Let us know in the comments below.