The CW has released a very brief teaser trailer for the upcoming second season of its DC superhero TV show, The Flash. However, the ten second video does provide us with our first proper look at a DC Comics villain making their debut on the show this upcoming season, as well as a new Flash gadget that is bound to raise a few eyebrows.
The super-powered antagonist whom Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) faces off with – in the above “Bigger, Badder and Faster” teaser – is none other than DC baddie Atom Smasher. The role on the show will be played by former WWE Superstar Adam “Edge” Copeland and will make his debut in the Flash season two premiere episode (titled “The Man Who Saved Central City”).
Atom Smasher first appeared in DC Comics’ All-Star Squadron #25 in September 1983. He has had a long and complicated history with the superhero teams of the DC Universe, including the Justice Society of America, Infinity, Inc., and even the Suicide Squad. The godson of the Golden Age Atom and grandson of villain Cyclotron, the Atom Smasher boasts the superpowers of body growth and super strength. The Flash will feature the first live-action incarnation of the character, though Atom Smasher has previously appeared in the Justice League Unlimited cartoon and the Injustice: Gods Among Us video game.
Barry Allen has an accidentally sour history with the Atom Smasher in the DC Comics Universe (where the villain is known by his real name, Albert Rothstein). It was revealed in The Flash season 1 that one of the human casualties when Barry Allen had the particle accelerator accident (which gave him his Flash powers) was one Mr. Al Rothstein. The Flash‘s producers, when they spoke at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con, has also revealed that Atom Smasher will be just one of many particle accelerator-fueld characters that will appear in the second season of the series, bent on revenge against DC’s favorite speedster.
The teaser video also gives us a quick shot of what appears to be a Flash-Signal, a clear homage to the Bat-Signal of Batman lore. The CW’s Arrow television series has been known to borrow elements from Batman lore from time to time, and now The Flash is following suit. The Bat-Signal made its first appearance back in the Golden Age in Detective Comics #60 (February 1942). Batman co-creator Bob Kane was inspired by a silent film titled The Bat, where the presence of the lead character was signified by a light shining on the wall with a bat silhouette in the middle.
The Flash series is clearly stepping up its game in season two, even as the CW’s DC universe continues to expand by adding the spinoff DC’s Legends of Tomorrow in 2016, while also adding more famous comic book characters to the mix on Arrow season four. The inclusion of more recognizable villains and comic book inspired gadgetry can only serve to further cement The Flash in the hearts of fans everywhere.
The Flash season two begins Tuesday, October 6, at 8PM on The CW; Arrow season four begins Wednesday, October 7, at 8PM on The CW; and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow is expected to debut in early 2016 on The CW.
Source: The CW