Season 3 of The Flash is on a roll, already adding more classic big bads from the scarlet speedster’s comic book history. The season is set to start with the major fallout from the events of the season 2 finale, in which Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) returned to the past to prevent his mother’s murder, causing a shift in the timeline and an alternate universe dubbed “Flashpoint.” But once that story arc comes to an end, there will be plenty of episodes left for Flash to knuckle up against his Rogues.
Two main villains already confirmed for the upcoming season include Dr. Alchemy, who can transmute elements, and Savitar, a speedster that can transfer his speed to objects and even other people. We’ll also be seeing Mirror Master, Top, and possibly Rose and Thorn. Of course, the show is no stranger to weird villains; an episode in season 1 involved Joe West, Cisco Ramon, and Barry Allen scouring through Central City’s sewers to track down a menacing threat that was killing city workers. What they discovered was an extremely large, mutated gorilla named Grodd, who has psionic abilities. In season 2, after Grodd mind-controlled scientists to steal chemicals in hopes of creating more intelligent gorillas, he was captured and sent to a jungle sanctuary on Earth-2 known as Gorilla City.
According to Collider, producer Andrew Kreisberg confirmed at the TCA press tour that Gorilla Grodd will be returning for season 3. Grodd won’t be coming back to Central City, however; the show’s characters will be going to him. “We’re going to be doing a two-part episode that takes place in Gorilla City,” Kreisberg revealed.
In the comics, Gorilla City is a tropical oasis hidden away from humans. The residents of Gorilla City are all hyper-intelligent apes, who gained their telepathic powers after an alien spacecraft crashed into their home. Grodd eventually murdered the current king and took over the mantle, using neo-magnetic radiation to force the other gorillas to follow him. Flash eventually discovered the city just as Grodd was trying to take over the entire world.
Obviously, the live-action Grodd story differs a bit from the comics, considering his origin story has been changed. In The Flash series, Grodd was found being used as a test subject by General Wade Eiling’s military experiments. In the comics, Grodd was created in the jungle when the spaceship crashed. If The Flash follows the original story line, we’ll most likely see Grodd murdering the Gorilla King and wreaking havoc in his new home. Either way, we can expect Barry Allen’s upcoming visit to Gorilla City to be wild.
The Flash season 3 will premiere Tuesday October 4th at 8pm on The CW, Arrow season 5 will premiere in the same timeslot on Wednesday October 5th, Supergirl season 2 on Monday October 10th, and Legends of Tomorrow season 2 on Thursday October 13th.