As CW’s The Flash sprints its way to its first season finale, the show is looking for as many heavy hitting guests stars it can to round out the remainder of its cast. Most recently, the show nabbed Mark Hamill in a reprisal of his famed Trickster from the original 90s Flash series.
CW’s latest hit DC TV show has just nabbed another guest star that’s sure to bring in a hefty fan base: Emily Kinney a.k.a. Beth Greene from AMC’s hit zombie series The Walking Dead.
PUNKD Images has posted a photo of Kinney recently arrived in Vancouver for an appearance on the Flash TV show as a new, female take on the Bug-Eyed Bandit – this time named Brie Larvan. The Bug-Eyed Bandit has been around in comic book form since the mid-1960s and is traditionally able to control insects to do their bidding. Considering the character’s ties to Atom, one has to imagine Kinney’s appearance on Flash could eventually spin-out into Arrow – or, if The CW gods see fit, an Atom spin-off series.
Gender-swapping aside, it’s not clear how much of the Bandit’s origins and dynamic is going to be changed for Greg Berlanti’s small-screen universe. However, considering the character’s abilities are based in scientific research not super powers, we would hope this iteration goes more the way of Wentworth Miller’s Captain Cold. As seen in the Flash vs Arrow crossover event (and Cold’s other appearances on the series), one doesn’t necessarily need special abilities in order to be a formidable adversary to Barry and his team; they just need to be willing to go one step further than him.
So far, The Flash has done a great job at presenting a cache of villains that really do well in their respective one-off episodes. However, as Arrow has been doing lately and Flash experimented with through Captain Cold, we would love to start seeing these villains get more than a single episode to shine. Given the lore connections in print, Larvan’s story seems like one that would be perfect for multi-episodes arcs within the universe, similar to what we saw through the appearance of Tockman earlier this season.
Of course, there’s no real reason to be concerned about the minutia of all of this. Berlanti and his creative team have proven successfully on more than one occasion they know how to handle this lore properly. So, for now, we’re just going to sit back and watch the chips fall where they may.
The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8/7c on The CW.
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