The Flash has finally cast its Season 2 villain. But there's a nifty twist.
Horror icon Tony Todd (Candyman, Final Destination) has been cast as the voice of Zoom, Barry Allen’s (Grant Gustin) new arch-nemesis for Season 2. Zoom will arrive in town to cause trouble for the Scarlet Speedster in the second episode, “Flash of Two Worlds,” executive producer Andrew Kreisberg told Variety.
“Last year, with the Reverse-Flash, we just modulated Tom Cavanagh’s voice, and this year we wanted to do something a little bit different. Part of the mystery of the season is who or what is underneath the Zoom outfit, and so we wanted to do something like James Earl Jones as Darth Vader — this iconic voice coming out of this mask. Last year, we thought of the Reverse-Flash as a speed warrior; this year, Zoom is like a speed demon, and no one does demon-voice better than Tony Todd.
“The Zoom outfit is much more organic than the Reverse-Flash suit. In a way, it’s hard to tell if it is a suit or alive … There’s no skin showing, for all you know there’s a robot underneath, or dark energy.”
Now, that's interesting. Kreisberg confirmed that unlike the first season, which gave away the reveal that Cavanagh’s Harrison Wells was actually Eobard Thawne, aka Reverse-Flash, fairly early on in the season, this time they’ll draw out the whole Zoom mystery. As for the villain’s motivations?
“For us, the best villains are the ones who don’t have megalomaniacal ‘I want to rule the world’ motivations. Last year, the Reverse-Flash had a very simple goal which was ‘I just want to go home, and if people need to die or cities need to get wasted for me to get that, so be it.’ And Zoom has a very similar, personal goal this season … simple and easy to understand, and very primal. And just as with Wells last year, Zoom doesn’t care who gets hurt or what gets destroyed in the service of him getting his goal.”
In the DC comics, Zoom is really Hunter Zolomon, a former ally of Wally West -- who is set to be introduced this year and will be played by Keiynan Lonsdale -- who turned on him when West refused to go back in time to save his wife. Doesn't mean that's the official route the show will go with, if we believe what Kreisberg says below.
“We have to service the entire audience, both the fans and the non-fans, and I think we’ve shown up until this point a great deal of respect and reverence for the source material, so that we always feel like we’re fulfilling the comic book fans’ expectations while also not spoon-feeding them stuff directly from the comics. So the story of Zoom and who and what he is … hopefully comic book fans will be happy because we’ve come up with a clever way to spin the tale, but that also makes it exciting for the people who aren’t as familiar with the comics and are just enjoying the show on its own terms.”
Are you guys excited that Tony Todd has been cast as the “voice” of Zoom?
The Flash will return to The CW on Tuesday, Oct. 6.
BONUS: Here's a cool promo banner released by The CW, teasing the arrival of Golden Age Flash Jay Garrick (Teddy Sears).