The Flash upped the ante of its first season in the most recent episode, “Out of Time.” Among other monumental moments, the episode introduced Mark Mardon (Liam McIntyre) a.k.a. Weather Wizard, revealed the identity of the Reverse-Flash, and saw Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) time travel for the first time.
Most likely, the remainder of The Flash’s first season will focus heavily on Reverse-Flash, time travel, and the murder of Barry’s mother Nora Allen. However, with a new DC Comics villain set to join both The Flash and Arrow later this year, it seems The CW’s newest superhero series is continuing to build up to a Rogues team-up.
Doug Jones (Hellboy, Teen Wolf) tweeted that he will be joining The CW’s DC Comics universe as electric super-powered villain Deathbolt. The character will first appear in episode 19 of Arrow’s season 3, then in The Flash’s season finale, episode 22. Jones also revealed the names of the episodes: “Broken Arrow” and “Rogue Air.”
Check out Jones’ tweet:
The Flash has hinted at the DC Comics supervillain group, the Rogues, before within its episode titles. Episode 4 “Going Rogue” introduced Leonard Snart/Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller) and teased Mick Rory/Heat Wave (Dominic Purcell). The midseason premiere “Revenge of the Rogues” brought back Captain Cold and Heat Wave as well as teased Leonard’s sister, Lisa Snart/Golden Glider (Peyton List). Lisa will officially debut in the upcoming episode 16, titled “Rogue Time.”
Additionally The Flash has introduced other members of the Rogues such as Pied Piper (Andy Mientus), Weather Wizard, and Gorilla Grodd, and the series plans on debuting other villains known to be a part of the group, including The Trickster.
Executive producer of The Flash, Andrew Kreisberg, recently told TVLine that they are planning to include the Rogues within the series. However, the team of villains may not appear within the first season of The Flash:
“We’re going to do something with all the Rogues. I can’t promise it’s going to be this season. We know that if the original [1990s] Flash series had gotten a second season, both John [Wesley Shipp] and Mark [Hamill] have told us that the first episode was going to be a giant Rogues episode. And that sounds like maybe a good thing for us to do, what they didn’t get the opportunity to do.”
Between Kreisberg’s comment, the introduction of many Rogues characters on The Flash, and the episode titles scattered throughout the first season, it seems the team-up is inevitable. So the question then becomes, when will the Rogues join forces?
The title of The Flash’s finale episode doesn’t necessarily indicate a Rogues team-up will occur in the episode. If the previous titles are any indication, “Rogue Air” may simply be a reference to an appearance of Captain Cold – though it should be noted that Cold’s team of villains has continually grown over the course of the season. Or, if Kreisberg and the writers are aiming to set up the Rogues as a major throughline of The Flash’s season 2, they may appear in a teaser scene at the end of the finale.
Of course, whether or not the Rogues appear under that name, Barry Allen will still have other villains to reckon with in the season 1 finale, specifically Deathbolt and Reverse-Flash. However, even if the Rogues don’t debut in the finale, it seems they will certainly appear at some point on The Flash – perhaps even in the show’s second season.
The Flash airs Tuesdays @8PM on The CW.