The Scarlet Speedster will gain a new ally when The Flash returns for a fourth season on The CW.
Hartley Sawyer (Saving the Human Race, Miss 2059) will be joining Team Flash as Ralph Dibny, aka Elongated Man, a character created back in 1960 by writer John Broome and artist Carmine Infantino (with editor Julius Schwartz contributing a lot of input into the stretchy superhero) for the pages of The Flash #112.
Elongated Man was a supporting player in the Fastest Man Alive's comics before appearing in Detective Comics and joining the Justice League. Much like Marvel’s Mister Fantastic, Elongated Man had the power to contort the shape of his body into any shape or form he wished and could make it longer, larger, and flatter. Fun Fact: The character was apparently first mentioned in a Season 1 episode (“Power Outage”) as one of the folks who died during the particle accelerator accident that gave Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) his speedy metahuman powers.
Here’s a character description for the CW incarnation:
One of The Flash’s most iconic allies, Ralph Dibny — a.k.a. The Elongated Man — is a fast-talking private investigator with investigative skills that rival those of Batman. Upon discovering he has the power to stretch his body to any shape or form, Dibny uses his new abilities to help Team Flash solve one of Central City’s greatest mysteries.
Hartley Sawyer won’t be the only new face of Season 4. He joins the one and only Dany Trejo, who has come on board as Breacher, a feared bounty hunter who happens to be Gypsy’s (Jessica Camacho) father; as well as Neil Sandilands (The 100, Hap and Leonard) as the season’s Big Bad: The Thinker. As promised, no more speedster villain. At least for this season.
What do you think of Hartley Sawyer as Elongated Man? Are you excited for the character to make his live-action debut? The Flash returns Oct. 10 on The CW.
(via Coming Soon)