One of the big surprises in the Warner Bros. recent bombshell list of DC-property releases was the plan to introduce a new movie version of The Flash, to be played by Ezra Miller. Still, if the studio sticks to its current schedule, we won’t see that movie until 2018, which means our current incarnation of the Scarlet Speedster, Grant Gustin on the CW’s The Flash, could be the face of the character for literally years to come.
As problematic as the first two episodes of a show about the Fastest Man Alive could’ve been – given that it’s a spinoff of Arrow, a superhero series which has avoided overt superpowers – The Flash has already proven itself a tonally coherent and entertaining comic book adaptation, albeit one with underwhelming episodic villains (so far).
Still, this will almost certainly change. We know from the pilot’s depiction of Barry Allen’s mother’s murder – as well as certain set photos – that Barry’s arch-nemesis the Reverse-Flash is waiting in the wings. Not to mention potential enemies currently in supporting roles, the mysterious Harrison Wells, and various rogues, such as Pied Piper, Heat Wave and Captain Cold.
Given the long history of Heat Wave (to be played by Dominic Purcell) and Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller) teaming up against the Flash in the comics, fans were heartened to learn that the two would join forces against Barry Allen down the line and sure enough, set pictures of the two characters have surfaced, via The Arrowverse.
The main takeaways from these images are the reinforcement of our initial impression of Wentworth Miller’s Captain Cold hewing close to the pre-New 52 incarnation of the character, who used a ‘cold gun’ to bring anything in his path down to absolute zero. The glimpse at Heat Wave, who in this version of The Flash looks closer in appearance to his classic characterization, as well.
With his flamethrower-gun and presumably asbestos-lined, flame-retardant suit, it appears safe to assume that Heat Wave – along with Captain Cold – will not be presented as two more metahumans created by the pilot episode’s S.T.A.R. labs particle accelerator explosion, but rather as ingenious criminals who have upped their game in the wake of the Flash’s appearance in Central City.
Still, these two arch-villains of the Flash may eventually take on their New 52 traits as the series progresses. In fact, it’s a fairly good bet that will be the case. We know that the Flash will eventually take on Captain Cold solo and best him, leading to this team-up later on. Will these two somehow develop their reboot superpowers, perhaps even before the end of the show’s first season? At this point, nothing should be counted out.
The Flash returns on Tuesday with “Things You Can’t Outrun” @8pm on The CW.
Source: The Arrowverse