The Flash series adds a genre veteran for another major DC Comics role

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Aug 11, 2014, 1:34 PM EDT (Updated)

The Flash has just added another DC Comics character to its cast, and the actor they've tapped already has comic-book experience.

We're still several weeks away from the premiere of The CW's latest DC-based superhero series, but The Flash keeps hitting us with big casting announcements that are setting us up for a show with lots of comic-book flavor. We've already heard about the casting of one half of Firestorm, the classic Flash rogue Captain Cold and Plastique, among others. Now it's time to meet the latest addition.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, season one of The Flash will also feature an appearance from Gen. Wade Eiling, also simply known as the General, a powerful military expert in the DC Comics universe who's sometimes a supervillain and sometimes a bit of a hero. He'll be played by veteran character actor Clancy Brown, who you may have seen most recently in Sleepy Hollow (pictured above), but who's also made appearances in everything from Highlander to Carnivale to Starship Troopers and was the voice of Lex Luthor in the DC Animated Universe for more than a decade.

The comic-book version of Eiling has sometimes featured superhuman strength and a powerful healing factor, but so far Brown's version of the General is described only as "imposing," and as a man with "a face carved from years of duty." As for what he'll be up to in the series, he's reportedly heading up the black ops team on the trailer of Plastique (Kelly Frye), and he's intent on turning her into a living weapon for the government, something we'd already heard a bit about when Plastique was cast. In the comics, the character also has plenty of ties to the Secret Society of Super Villains as well as the Suicide Squad, so who knows what kind of trouble he might be able to cause in the Flash/Arrow universe someday?  

The Flash, which is already packed with superheroes and villains and might not be done adding more, premieres Oct. 7 on The CW.

(Via THR)