Season 1 of The Flash incorporated so much world-building as it introduced several prominent comic book characters, teased several more familiar faces, and refused to shy away from elements like time travel and the speed force. Now, season 2 appears to be embracing Barry Allen/Flash’s (Grant Gustin) extensive source material just as much as season 1 did, because the show has cast some key characters for its new story: Wally West (Keiynan Lonsdale), Zoom (voiced by Tony Todd), Jay Garrick (Teddy Sears), and even Atom-Smasher (Adam Copeland).
There’s a lot of mystery surrounding this live-action version of Zoom. Who’s wearing the mask? Just how much of Zoom’s origin story and mission is inspired by the comic? Executive producer Andrew Kreisberg has confirmed that actor Teddy Todd will only voice the character, saying it’s like “James Earl Jones as Darth Vader — this iconic voice coming out of this mask.” The EP also teased what the villain’s costume looks like, but now fans no longer have to speculate about the design because a new trailer has revealed the very first good look at Zoom. Check it out above.
Kreisberg’s previous description of the costume design looking “organic” and “hard to tell if it is a suit or alive” appears to be spot-on. In the video, Zoom can only be seen for about two seconds, as the villain appears to be in the singularity that popped up in the season 1 finale of The Flash – or the foe is in another one, or possibly even using time manipulation powers to accomplish something similar. With glowing eyes and what appears to be energy rapidly generating around him (or her?), the costume certainly doesn’t give any immediate hints about who season 2’s big bad truly is.
Hunter Zolomon/Zoom was created by Geoff Johns (who helped develop the show) and artist Scott Kolins. In the comics, Zoom is actually the enemy of Wally West, not Barry Allen. Unlike the other speedsters, Zoom doesn’t use the speed force – he manipulates the time around him. His history involves noteworthy moments with Gorilla Grodd, Wally West’s wife (Linda Park), and even Jay Garrick during the Rogue War. Seeing as all of these characters are confirmed for season 2, there’s a lot of potential to generate a Zoom story that offers new twists and turns along the way while still feeling very inspired by the comics. Could this live-action Zoom set his sights on Iris West if he still has a similar dynamic with Wally West? And could this villain be connected to the (infinite) crisis mentioned in Reverse-Flash’s newspaper?
The video also teases more of Cisco understanding his new abilities (an element the actor, Carlos Valdes, said will play a role) and the seemingly friendly dynamic between Barry Allen and his alternate Earth counterpart, Jay Garrick. While 2016 will bring heroes fighting each another on the big screen, it is a little refreshing to see two heroes immediately getting along and being enthusiastic to work together instead of butting heads. That said, this is just a glimpse of what’s to come, so the potential for conflict between the two obviously exists.
Actor Teddy Sears sent out this image of Jay Garrick in his full Flash getup earlier today:
Meanwhile, DC Comics has released a new poster to help get fans excited for the return of The Flash. This latest promo image draws parallels to a previous poster, and it seems to further tease the fact the Scarlet Speedster will have a new “lightning” power in season 2.
The Flash season 2 premieres on The CW on Tuesday, October 6th at 8pm/7 central; Arrow season 4 debuts Wednesday, October 7th at 8pm/7 central; Legends of Tomorrow begins in 2016.
The Flash: The Complete First Season is currently on sale.
Source: DC Comics