These days you can’t throw a stick without hitting a superhero, but no matter how many do-gooders flood the big and small screens, good villains are always hard to find. For the minds behind The CW’s take on The Flash, that problem’s being solved by making their hero the real problem in the show’s third season – by revealing that it’s his selfish re-writing of history that’s posing one of the biggest threats of the so-called ‘Flashpoint’ timeline. But it won’t be the only threat he faces.
Thanks to some insider information, we may now know the names (or codenames) and descriptions of the latest batch of new cast members. It’s not yet official, but from these breakdowns it sounds like comic book fans will soon get not one, but TWO classic members of the speedster’s Rogues Gallery: Mirror Master and Top. Not only that, but Barry and Wally may have another metahuman antihero to deal with in the split-personality Rose… & Thorn.
The details come courtesy of The Hashtag Show, who managed to get their hands on casting breakdowns for the three characters (along with the same for Caitlin Snow’s mother, a role since given to Susan Walters). With three of the DC Comics hero’s most well-known Rogues having already shown up in the show – Weather Wizard, Captain Cold and Heat Wave – the fan demand for Mirror Master a.k.a. Sam Scudder has only been growing. But assuming that plenty of fans of the TV series will want to get the details and some context, we’re breaking each of the roles being cast and their almost-certain comic book counterparts – starting with the reflecting Rogue himself.
There was a time when a villain like Sam Scudder a.k.a. Mirror Master would have been deemed too outlandish, too fantastic, or just too silly and idea to actually be adpated to the TV show. But now that the series has tackled just about every other kind of power, and even a walking, talking, humanoid shark, it appears the producers are looking to finally take audiences into the ‘Mirror World,’ judging by the casting description:
SAM SCUDDER – Male, 30s, open ethnicity. A master thief with supermodel looks and an ego the size of the Grand Canyon. Scudder is one of the most charming criminals you’ll ever meet. The only thing he loves more than money is himself. After his sudden, mysterious disappearance three years ago, Scudder has returned to Central City seeking fortune and revenge. Open to offer only / cameo ideas as well. RECURRING GUEST STAR.
From the sound of it (and the character’s place in comics), Mirror Master could wind up playing the role that Wentworth Miller’s Captain Cold did in the first season of the show – and will be even more fantastic in a fight. That’s thanks to his ability to enter and pass through just about any reflective surface, or use his aptly-named Mirror Gun to create reflections of himself out of thin air. We can’t quite see it ourselves, but the showrunners obviously have an idea for how to bring the effects to life, if this report turns out to be accurate.
If Mirror Master’s powers sound far-fetched, then the villain known only as ‘Top’ is downright impossible. In the original comics, Top a.k.a. Roscoe Dillon simply trained himself to spin like a top after laying his eyes on one, and becoming obsessed. Due to some events outside of his control, he eventually went mad, as a brilliant, but unhinged Rogue spinning fast enough to give The Flash a challenge.
We’re assuming that’s the villain being cast for the show’s third outing – except for one important difference. See if you can spot it in the description:
[ROSALIND “ROSA” DILLON]Female, late 20s, open ethnicity. There’s crazy and then there’s crazy… and then there’s Rosa. A wild-eyed whirlwind of a woman, this vexing, unpredictable, mentally unstable criminal has a history of violence and a nasty habit of turning people’s worlds upside down. Open to offer only / cameo ideas as well. RECURRING GUEST STAR.
That’s right, instead of Roscoe Dillon, the show is looking to find their Rosa Dillon. Swapping the gender of a supporting Rogue isn’t likely to outrage many fans (the showrunners have already won over skeptics with their dedication to the spirit of the source material), but the rest of the description’s language seems to almost explicitly state that it’s Top they’re twirling.
Rose & Thorn?
The third character breakdown is a bit more of a mystery, only because there isn’t a well-known “Flash” character that fits the bill. First things first – get a load of the role’s description:
[FRANCIS]Female, 18 or older to play 17, open ethnicity, bright, a good kid, kicked around from foster home to foster home, Francis is now with an abusive foster father, John James, and his submissive wife, Karen. Sick and tired of being hurt, Francis has been having blackouts during which time she becomes her alter-ego, a meta human, who has superhuman strength and a desire for revenge….POSSIBLY RECURRING GUEST STAR (12) Shooting this month
The split-personality nature of ‘Francis’ (the only entry listed without a full character name) seems to be the key factor in the character’s role, plus the fact that she’s not actually described as a villain – just a good kid with a seriously rough life. In the history of DC Comics, there’s one women who seems to be a perfect match for the power set, and most of the origin story… or possibly women if you consider ‘Rose and Thorn’ two different people.
She originally starting as the Golden Age, split-personality ‘Rose Canton’ (think Poison Ivy), before being re-imagined as ‘Thorn,’ a woman named Rhosyn Forrest who becomes a revenge-fueled, super-strong vigilante battling the forces responsible for her parents’ murder. In the New 52, “Rose & Thorn” became a teenage girl – combine the stories, and you’ve got a dead ringer for the reported casting breakdown.
Will all three be opposing Barry Allen once he returns from his ‘Flashpoint’ nightmare? Or will one or more become eventual allies (‘Francis’ seeming like the top contender, as a peer to Wally West)? We can only wait for the answers, but fans of The Flash won’t need the questions quieted before celebrating the addition of two classic Rogues. But first: Flashpoint.
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.
Source: The Hashtag Show