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For New Readers: A Guide To Other Flash Villains

new rogues Hello new Flash fans and curious readers! Welcome to Flash fandom, and I hope you enjoy your stay :)

Part One of this piece covers the Reverse Flashes and major Rogues (the more popular ones). This part covers Gorilla Grodd, as well as some more minor villains who may appear in the television series –­ many of these characters were co-created by the show’s producer/writer Geoff Johns, and he’ll probably revisit them at some point. It’s already known that Girder will appear.

Gorilla Grodd
Grodd is his real name. He’s a renegade from a peaceful city of intelligent talking gorillas, and is armed with vast telepathic powers plus a bloodlust for killing and conquering. Grodd has caused great problems for several Flashes and the DC universe as a whole; he’s strong, highly intelligent, extremely powerful, and cruel. He rarely remains caged for long, no matter who tries to hold him.

In the New 52: After a lifetime of being told he’s “the chosen one”, he’s the new king of Gorilla City. He now has a connection to the Speed Force just like Barry Allen, which gives him limited super-speed. He gained telepathy and can also access other beings’ memories by eating their brains, which he does fairly often. He and a cadre of apes twice invaded Central City — killing or imprisoning most of its citizens — and is clearly a force to be feared.

Amunet Black. A businesswoman who ran the Rogues’ underground market (called The Network), she eventually consumed a substance which gave her the metahuman ability to merge flesh and metals. She decided to form her own group of Rogues at a time when most of them were working independently, and had a well-planned scheme to destroy the Flash and run Keystone/Central City. She was ultimately defeated and sent to Iron Heights, at which she still attempted to run things whenever the opportunity arose.

In the New 52: Hasn’t appeared.

Tony Woodward. He assaulted a co-worker and was thrown into a vat of S.T.A.R. Labs’ molten metal. This permanently transformed his body into a hulking metal form, which gave him super-strength and great durability (he survived being ripped in half), but caused him to painfully rust. He was a member of Blacksmith’s Rogues and continued his habit of acting inappropriately towards women while part of the team, which is why Magenta ripped him in two.

In the New 52: Appeared briefly, and was killed by Grodd. He seemed similar to what he was like before the reboot.

Dr. Michael Amar. An insane serial killer with a penchant for cutting out the tongues of his victims ­- and ultimately cut out his own tongue and sewed up his mouth. He also created the Frenzy virus, which caused people’s bodies to liquefy from the inside, and infected many people with it (fortunately, most were saved by the Flashes and Pied Piper). Murmur was part of Blacksmith’s Rogues, and also killed people while working alone.

In the New 52: Hasn’t appeared.

Tar Pit
Joey Monteleone, the younger brother of a major Keystone City crime boss. He could astrally project his mind into various inanimate substances, but eventually became trapped in a giant body made of burning tar (meanwhile, his real body was in prison). The tar body is strong, gives off tremendous fumes and can incapacitate people with its burning goo, and can’t truly be destroyed. He was never officially a Rogue, but sometimes worked with them and committed crimes in the area on his own.

In the New 52: Appeared briefly, but hasn’t done much. He seems similar to what he was like before the reboot.

Double Down
Jeremy Tell. Developed metahuman powers from a cursed deck of cards, which bonded to his body and he was able to control. He could rip off his skin, and the razor-sharp cards flew at his foes and sliced up. Never officially a Rogue, but worked with some of them at times and was associated with them.

In the New 52: Hasn’t appeared.

Frances “Frankie” Kane. She developed magnetic powers and inadvertently killed some family members in an accident, though she learned to control her abilities while training with the heroic Teen Titans. She dated Wally West for a few years. But unfortunately her powers caused a split personality, and after she and Wally broke up she flip-flopped between villainy and regular life, as well as loving/hating Wally. For a while she was a member of Blacksmith’s Rogues, but eventually reformed and worked with some other ex-Rogues to fight Captain Cold’s team. She continued to switch between good and evil even after this, however, depending on which personality was dominant.

In the New 52: Hasn’t appeared.

Probably named Jared Morillo. Morillo is an upstanding cop in the ‘main’ DC universe, but his counterpart from a mirror universe is Plunder, a sadistic sharpshooter assassin. Plunder managed to sneak over to the main DC universe and joined up with Blacksmith’s Rogues, taking particular glee in hurting his police officer counterpart. He was either killed or sent back to his native dimension by Zoom.

In the New 52: Hasn’t appeared.

The Turtle and Turtle Man
There have been two of them, and their real names are unknown. Between them they’ve fought three different Flashes, mainly using careful plans and ‘slow’ schemes to foil the speedsters’ natural skills. The Turtle eventually gained the ability to steal speed from others, and thus could slow down time around him. Neither were considered Rogues.

In the New 52: Neither has appeared.

Warden Wolfe
Gregory Wolfe. He runs Iron Heights prison, and is so dedicated to keeping its inmates off the streets that he treats them brutally. He isn’t exactly a villain, but his methods are so cruel and unethical that he certainly isn’t a good person. He secretly has a metahuman power of his own — the ability to tighten/cramp other people’s muscles, which he sometimes uses to torture prisoners and even uncooperative guards.

In the New 52: Hasn’t appeared.

David Hersch. He murdered his wife a century ago and felt remorse; eventually he dedicated himself to resurrecting her, and created a murder-cult for that purpose. Killing people provided energies which he used to prolong his lifespan, and the cult murdered people whose lives had been saved by the Flash (with the rationale that they’d been destined to die anyway). He did succeed in bringing back his wife after killing his own cultists, but she hated him for what he’d done, and Wally West ultimately defeated him. He was occasionally seen afterwards in Iron Heights, always praying. Not considered a Rogue.

In the New 52: Hasn’t appeared.

Neil Borman. Not really a villain, but was locked up in Iron Heights after becoming dangerously radioactive (basically a walking nuclear reactor) in an accident. Warden Wolfe unjustly used him to power the prison until Wally West put a stop to it.

In the New 52: Hasn’t appeared.

Lashawn Baez. Not really a villain, but got in trouble with the local authorities because she tried to steal a kidney to save her dying father. However, she was left embittered and angered at the way she was treated by the Flash and the prison system at Iron Heights, which could lead her to become a villain. She has the uncontrollable metahuman ability to teleport when touched (which is why she couldn’t donate her own kidney), and causes explosions when she disappears.

In the New 52: Hasn’t appeared.


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FLASH MOVIE Coming in 2018 with Ezra Miller

For the longest time, I wondered whether I’d rather see a Flash movie or a Flash TV show.

As plans for a Flash movie languished in development hell, I started noticing patterns in the big-budget Batman, Superman, X-Men, Spider-Man, and finally Avengers and Green Lantern films, and I realized I’d rather have a TV show.  I’d sacrifice the spectacle and scope of a movie to get a new story every week for 20 weeks out of the year. I’d rather get the origin out of the way and get to see lots of lots of different villains, instead of one movie with an origin story, then if it does well enough a second movie with two villains shoehorned in together, and a third movie with as many villains as they could cram in because between audience drop-off and the stars getting too expensive/old for the part, they know this is it until someone comes along to reboot the series.

So I was actually quite happy (though extremely cautious) when they announced a Flash TV series last summer instead of a movie. Now that TV show is here, we’re two episodes in and it seems to be a hit.

Today, Warner Bros. announced a new slate of films with 10 DC-inspired movies through 2020.

And for the first time ever, I don’t have to choose between a Flash movie or a TV show.

The schedule announced includes:

2016: Batman v. Superman and Suicide Squad.
2017: Wonder Woman — yes, Wonder Woman! — and Justice League
2018: Flash and Aquaman.
2019: Shazam and Justice League 2
2020: Cyborg and Green Lantern.

Newsarama speculates on a March 23, 2018 opening date based on previously-reserved dates.

Warner Bros. also announced that Ezra Miller will be playing the Flash, and confirmed Jason Momoa as Aquaman. I’m not familiar with Miller, but before anyone complains that he looks too young based on his IMDB headshot, keep in mind it was taken six years ago and the movie is scheduled for four years from now.

It’s been stated before that the DC cinematic and television universes will be separate, and casting different actors confirms it. (Unless they pull a fast one on us and it turns out he’s playing Bart.) That’s not unprecedented – Superman Returns came out during Smallville’s run, after all. And the more I think about it, it’s probably a good idea to let the TV show do what TV series do well — tell lots of stories, sometimes connected, sometimes stand-alone, with time to develop a wide cast of characters — and let the movies focus on the spectacle that works best on the big screen.

I know I shouldn’t get too excited — I mean, they announced a Flash movie back in 2004 and it went through multiple scripts, writers and directors before stalling entirely  — but after two episodes of the TV show, it’s hard not to feel optimistic about the Flash’s chances.


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Upcoming Episode Promo

The trailer is up for the third episode of the Flash, titled “Things You Can’t Outrun”. In it, we get our first look at The Mist.

Also, the news is quite good for the Flash‘s debut last week! As reported by Deadline, the pilot episode was the most-watched CW premiere in history. That should bode well for the show’s future, and hopefully the viewership doesn’t drop off too much as time goes on.


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Flash Television Tidbits

Now that the Flash TV series is underway, news about upcoming episodes and characters is just about continuous. You can learn some details about the third and fourth episodes behind the cut (hidden for potential spoilers).

And don’t forget: episode two, “Fastest Man Alive” airs tonight (October 14) at 8 pm!

TV Line has five photos from the third episode of the series, titled “Things You Can’t Outrun”. The episode and photos give us our first look at Caitlin’s fiance, Ronnie Raymond (Robbie Amell), among other things.

ComicBookMovie has the official synopsis for the fourth episode, titled “Going Rogue”:

WENTWORTH MILLER GUEST STARS AS DC COMICS’ VILLAIN CAPTAIN COLD — The Flash (Grant Gustin) stops a robbery but the culprits get away after shooting a guard, and The Flash chooses to save the man instead of following the criminals. Joe (Jesse L. Martin) shows Barry a book of suspects and Barry identifies Leonard Snart (guest star Wentworth Miller, “Prison Break”) as the leader of the group. Snart revises his plan to steal the Kahndaq Dynasty Diamond and gets a boost when he gets his hands on a stolen “cold gun,” which could kill The Flash. Dr. Wells (Tom Cavanagh) is furious when he finds out that Cisco (Carlos Valdes) built the cold gun without telling anyone and now it’s missing. Meanwhile, Iris (Candice Patton) is getting the silent treatment from Joe because of her relationship with Eddie (Rick Cosnett). Finally, The Flash and Captain Cold have an epic confrontation.

Directed by Glen Winter. Written by Geoff Johns & Kai Yu Wu.
Air date: 10/28/2014

Also from episode four: an awkward double-date between Barry and Felicity, and Iris and Eddie Thawne. In an interview with E Online, Rick Cosnett (Eddie Thawne) talked a bit about the date and the relationships between his character and the people in Thawne’s life. You can also see some photos from the episode at the link.


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For New Readers: A Guide To Rogues And Reverse Flashes

rogues header Hello new Flash fans and curious readers! Welcome to Flash fandom, and I hope you enjoy your stay :)

Recently Speed Force did a post about the basics of the Flash book and some issue recommendations, which are great introductions for new readers. I figured this could be an addendum to those pieces.

See the short biographies after the jump.

-The Reverse Flashes-

The Rival
Edward Clariss. A fellow scientist of Jay Garrick (the first Flash) who also gained super-speed. He later entered the Speed Force (which is the source of all speedsters’ powers) and was ultimately transformed into a being made of energy.

In the New 52: Hasn’t appeared, probably doesn’t exist.

Professor Zoom, sometimes known as the Reverse Flash
Eobard Thawne, a scientist from the 25th century. His history is very convoluted and can be confusing, but the basics are that he had an obsession with Barry Allen, and frequently travelled to the 20th century to make his life hell. He murdered Barry’s mother and wife Iris, and was in turn killed by Barry when he attempted to murder his new bride. However, through the joys of time travel and fortuitous resurrection, he returned several times to wreak yet more havoc. It was while attempting to undo Thawne’s murder of his mother that Barry inadvertently brought about the New 52 reboot.

In the New 52: Eobard Thawne was briefly name-dropped as a scientist from the future, but there’s no reason to believe Professor Zoom exists. The New 52 Reverse Flash is Iris’ brother, Daniel West.

Hunter Zolomon. He was once a police officer and profiler of the Rogues, and a friend of Wally West. But he was badly injured by Gorilla Grodd, and when he tried to go back in time to undo the accident, he was unexpectedly infused with powers of time manipulation. He was also driven insane, and used his powers to become Zoom —- the new Reverse Flash. Manipulating his own timeline enabled him to travel very fast, and he went on a campaign to cause tragedy for heroes to make them “better”, reasoning that if they went through hell they’d become stronger for the experience. After a long trail of death and destruction, his powers were stolen by Inertia (another Reverse Flash) and he was left unable to walk or cause further trouble.

In the New 52: Hasn’t appeared, probably doesn’t exist.

Thad Allen. The clone of Bart Allen (grandson of Barry Allen) from the 30th century, but raised without any positive role models. He manipulated the Rogues into killing Bart, and they killed him as payback.

In the New 52: Hasn’t appeared, probably doesn’t exist.

-The Rogues-

Captain Cold
Leonard ‘Len’ Snart. The first Rogue, and leader of the Rogues in modern times. He inadvertently created a cold gun which could freeze things down to absolute zero, and used it to commit crimes. The ‘cold field’ emitted by the gun could slow down a speedster, which was very useful for fighting the Flash. Len reformed for a while but eventually went back to crime, and later pulled the Rogues together again as their leader. He established firm rules for Rogue conduct (no killing heroes because it’s bad for business, no killing women and children, etc) and arguably led them to their greatest heights of success.

In the New 52: Len made the foolish mistake of getting untested technology from a sketchy scientist, and unsurprisingly it literally blew up in his face. He and the Rogues ended up getting metahuman powers from the accident, but all the powers had drawbacks and everyone was angry at him for a while. He gained the ability to generate cold from his own body, but eventually lost this power and has now gone back to the cold gun. He’s currently associated with the Justice League for possibly-nefarious purposes.

Weather Wizard
Mark Mardon. His scientist brother Clyde invented a wand which could control the weather, and Mark took it to commit crimes when Clyde died. (In the comics, Clyde was a peripheral character who only appeared dead or in flashbacks). Mark was a bit of a slacker who didn’t use the full potential of the wand’s abilities for many years, but eventually he learned how to use it more skillfully and became a much greater threat. In modern times, he’s one of the most powerful Rogues.

In the New 52: He’s now named Marco Mardon. The accident gave him metahuman weather-controlling abilities (no need for the wand), but there are emotional side effects for him.

Mirror Master
There have been two Mirror Masters: first an American named Sam Scudder, and then the mantle was taken by Scotsman Evan McCulloch after Sam’s death. The mirror/light technology was all invented by Sam, although McCulloch was able to utilize it in more creative ways, including extensive use of a mirror dimension. McCulloch is among the most powerful Rogues and often transports them wherever they need to go, as he’s able to travel via any reflective surface.

In the New 52: Sam Scudder is the current Mirror Master, and there’s no evidence that McCulloch exists. Sam became more powerful after the Rogues’ accident, but was for a time trapped in the mirror dimension and unable to leave it. He can now leave it.

Captain Boomerang
There have been two of them, a father and son. The father is George ‘Digger’ Harkness, and the son is Owen Mercer. Both threw boomerangs very skillfully, using advanced and amazing weaponry, and Owen also possessed super-speed. Both have been in the Suicide Squad at different times, and Owen also worked as a hero with the Outsiders team. Owen didn’t become Captain Boomerang until after his father’s death, but after a while Owen was killed and Digger returned to life and reclaimed the mantle. As part of his return, Digger also gained the metahuman ability to create boomerangs made of explosive energy.

In the New 52: Owen probably doesn’t exist, at least not in any recognizable form. Digger has no known history with the Rogues, and is only associated with the Suicide Squad. He still has the explosive energy boomerangs.

Pied Piper
Hartley Rathaway. He was born deaf, and his hearing was fixed and highly enhanced with robotic implants. He became a supervillain with sonic technology he invented himself, although eventually he reformed and became a hero and good friend of Wally West (he’s also openly gay, one of the first gay characters in mainstream comics). He was a supporting cast member in Wally’s book for a very long time, and has remained reformed despite occasional bumps along the way.

In the New 52: He was formerly with the Rogues but has since reformed, and is dating Barry’s boss David Singh. Still on generally friendly terms with the Rogues, though.

Heat Wave
Mick Rory. A pyromaniac who hates his illness, he nonetheless became a fire-based supervillain after inventing a heat gun (basically a flamethrower). He’s spent his life struggling between reform and crime, and alternately indulging and fighting his illness. He also flip-flops between being pals with Captain Cold and hating his guts, and is basically one of the most indecisive and internally conflicted Rogues.

In the New 52: The Rogues’ accident gave him the ability to generate flames, but he was also horribly burned and embittered by the experience. He may have also died recently, but it’s not entirely clear.

The Trickster
There have been two Tricksters; James Jesse (the first), and Axel Walker (second). James doesn’t like Axel much, who stole all his gear while James was reformed and is notably younger and wilder. Both use gimmicked toys as weapons and run through the air on jet-powered shoes, all of which were invented by James. Both are known for their colourful/questionable fashion sense and playful exuberance. But eventually James was killed and Axel took his place with the Rogues.

In the New 52: James may have been wiped from continuity (there’s no indication he existed), and Axel is the Trickster. Axel didn’t get any metahuman powers with the rest of the Rogues, and continues to use gimmicks.

Golden Glider
Lisa Snart, a professional ice skater and younger sister of Captain Cold. She swore revenge on Barry Allen when her boyfriend (the Top) was killed, and fought him with her skating skills plus some gimmicked gems and weapons. She was best known for skating through the air on special anti-gravity skates. She and Cold reformed for a period and even worked with Wally West at times, but eventually both Snarts went back to crime. Later she was murdered by a new boyfriend, Chillblaine.

In the New 52: She was nearly killed in the Rogues’ accident, and her body is near death. However, she gained the ability to project an astral form, and thus her mind/soul can travel intangibly while her body’s still in bed. She’s known as Glider in the New 52, and is sometimes the Rogues’ leader.

The Top
Roscoe Dillon, who was obsessed with tops. He taught himself to spin at super-speeds and this increased his intelligence, and then he gained telekinetic powers. Unfortunately this also killed him, but he returned several times as a ghost with the ability to possess bodies, and even gained more psionic powers. He had yearnings to take over the Rogues and lead the group himself, although his scheming led him to be killed by Captain Cold. He might have come back to life eventually, but the universe was rebooted first.

In the New 52: He has apparently been wiped from continuity and replaced by a somewhat-similar guy named Turbine.

Rainbow Raider
Roy G. Bivolo, a colour-blind painter. Embittered by his disability and the world in general, he used his father’s colour/light technology for crime and payback. His goggles gave him a wide range of powers, including emotional control, lasers, solid light, invisibility, etc. He mostly worked independently, but teamed up with the Rogues on occasion and is at least loosely affiliated with them. He was eventually murdered by Blacksmith, who led the Rogues at the time.

In the New 52: Showed up briefly, using the name Chroma. He was beheaded by Gorilla Grodd.

Abra Kadabra
Known as Citizen Abra, or Abhararakadhararbarakh (yes, really: he’s from the far future). Born in the 64th century, he longed to be a magician and came to our time to impress people with futuristic science masquerading as magic. Later he gained the ability to use real magic, and has been a frequent thorn in the sides of both Barry Allen and Wally West. He’s obsessed with showmanship and receiving applause from people, and yet is extremely dangerous.

In the New 52: Hasn’t appeared.

Dr Alchemy/Mr Element
A scientist with a split personality, Albert Desmond first became a criminal called Mr Element, and then created the identity of Dr Alchemy for further crimes. His Philosopher’s Stone could transmute objects and living beings into other substances, and the Stone used his emotional instability to create the alter ego of Alvin Desmond. Alvin was an independent being who stole the Dr Alchemy identity, and often caused trouble for Albert until he was finally destroyed. Albert was a close friend of Barry Allen, and tended to flip-flop between crime and periods of reform before finally becoming a criminal permanently.

In the New 52: Has appeared only briefly, and didn’t do much.

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Flash TV Preview for Episode 2: “The Fastest Man Alive”

The preview is up for episode two, “The Fastest Man Alive,” featuring Multiplex.


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Unofficial Set Photos Reveal Another Flash Villain

Most of you have seen this by now. It’s unofficial, but photos have leaked showing the filming of a fight scene between the Flash and…well, click through if you don’t mind being spoiled.

Anyone else think he looks like he’s joined the Sinestro Corps?

via Flash TV News.


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