While yesterday’s new Flash trailer revealed that Human Target star Mark Valley had joined the Arrowverse in the role of a prosecutor going after Barry (Grant Gustin) during the Scarlet Speedster’s murder trial, we didn’t yet know the identity of the character he would play. Until now.
According to TV Line, Valley will play DC Comics character Anton Slater. Created in 1984 by writer Cary Bates and artist Carmine Infantino for the pages of The Flash #333, Slater is famous for being the Central City District Attorney who prosecuted Barry Allen during his trial for killing the Reverse Flash in a storyline titled “The Trial of the Flash” that lasted for two years.
Playing a role on The Flash is a reunion of sorts with DC for Valley. The actor played the role of Christopher Chance, aka the Human Target, for two seasons (from 2010-2011) on the titular Fox TV series which was based on the comic book title of the same name published by Vertigo, a DC Comics imprint (To be clear: the series was not connected to the Arrowverse, which has its own version of Chance).
The Flash comic book storyline has obviously been adapted for the TV series (much like “Flashpoint” was), and instead of being prosecuted for killing the Reverse-Flash, this time Barry is wrongfully accused of the murder of Clifford DeVoe (Neil Sandilands) who conveniently switched bodies before shedding that particular mortal coil.
Titled “The Trial of The Flash,” the episode will also see Iris (Candice Patton) and Joe (Jesse L. Martin) do some highly questionable stuff — such as Joe planting some evidence with the help of newest team member Ralph Dibny (Hartley Sawyer) — in order to keep Barry out of prison. Desperate times call for desperate measures.
The Flash returns on Jan. 16 at 8 p.m.