‘The Flash’ Casts Firestorm Villain ‘Plastique’; Could a Spinoff Be in The Works?

Published 9 months ago by , Updated February 17th, 2015 at 6:21 pm,

Flash TV Show Actress Plastique The Flash Casts Firestorm Villain Plastique; Could a Spinoff Be in The Works?

After a strong showing at Comic-Con 2014, The CW’s small screen adaptation of The Flash is continuing its momentum by expanding the cast of DC Comics heroes and villains on what seems to be a daily basis. The latest character added to the roster is none other than ‘Bette Sans Souci,’ an explosive metahuman going by the moniker Plastique, now set to be played by Kelly Frye.

News of the character’s addition comes from E! Online, with Frye’s first appearance coming in Episode 5 of The Flash‘s first season. According to their source, Sans Souci will be a veteran bomb disposal expert who, in a cruel twist of fate, is given the ability to turn any item into an explosive device by the same S.T.A.R. Labs disaster that blesses Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) with superspeed.

Proving that metahuman abilities don’t turn anyone into a supervillain, the character will apparently be fleeing US forces looking to use her powers for their own ends when she runs into Allen, meaning she could potentially become an ally. That is unless Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller) can recruit her for his own team.

Firestorm Killer Frost Plastique Flash Cast The Flash Casts Firestorm Villain Plastique; Could a Spinoff Be in The Works?

In the original comics, it was Firestorm, not The Flash, who was first tied to the arrival of Plastique. When Sans Souci (French for “carefree”) began using explosives in an act of terrorism, it was that hero (also known as Ronnie Raymond) who foiled her plan. Eventually gaining the ability to create explosive energy, Plastique found her way into everything from the Suicide Squad to the Secret Society of Super Villains.

Since Firestorm will be played by Robbie Amell on The CW series, the presence of two villains tied more closely to him than Barry Allen – first Killer Frost, now Plastique – implies that the showrunners may be placing a larger emphasis on Firestorm than a secondary character generally receives. Executive producer Greg Berlanti previously claimed that the writers designed the series to include Ronnie,” from the very beginning, but it’s becoming increasingly clear just how integral ‘The Nuclear Man’ may be to the series’ opening chapters.

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With so much emphasis being placed on Firestorm, we have to ask the question: does The CW have plans for launching a standalone series based on Ronnie Raymond in the future? DC Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns has explained that for Warner Bros., the movie and TV universes are intended to stand on their own, and while Firestorm may not be on the same level as Batman, Superman, or Wonder Woman, he is certainly deserving of a TV adaptation.

As an everyday young man who possesses the ability to psychically link with his former professor to gain mastery over elements on the atomic level, “Firestorm” was aimed squarely at a teenage audience (what high school student doesn’t dream of working their way into the Justice League?). By casting Amell – who had previously starred in The CW’s Tomorrow People, it’s possible that the network is starting to lay the groundwork for another spin-off almost immediately.

We already know that Arrow will be one half of a four-hour crossover event for Episode 8 in both of the shows’ upcoming season, meaning three Justice League members could potentially share the screen. Does it make sense to keep two on one show? Or if Amell’s Firestorm gains an audience, could The CW hand each of the heroes their very own spotlight?

Firestorm Joins Flash TV Show Cast The Flash Casts Firestorm Villain Plastique; Could a Spinoff Be in The Works?

The top priority for now is, of course, to get The Flash moving forward and catching on as well as Arrow. The showrunners are off to a strong start on that front, with our review of The Flash‘s pilot episode seeing serious potential for the series. But just as one success spawned another – while using a love interest as a link between stories – the creative team may be looking to repeat the feat. Of course, that’s just speculation on our part.

Would you be on board with the idea? Or would you like to see Barry Allen simply gain a partner and metahuman friend with which to join forces on a week-to-week basis? Share your own thoughts in the comments, and we’ll keep you up to date if more signs surface.

The Flash premieres Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 @8pm on The CW.

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Source: E! Online

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  1. I love Firestorm. But I don’t know if the CW can afford to do the character justice as far as the required special effects. I guess we will see.

  2. I would like to know is there going to be two Felicity Smoak’s in the Arrow and Flash universe? The reason I ask is because Felicity Smoak is Ronnie’s stepmother in the comics. Will Felicity from Arrow be the daughter of Felicity? Lots of people name their kid after them. So I see no reason there can’t exist two Felicity’s. Also I personally want to see Elongated Man show up in The Flash. In the comics Elongated Man has been shown from time to time as Flash’s sidekick. I know people like Plastic Man more but Elongated Man has a history with Flash. So I want to see him more.

    As for an other spinoff show I want to see something different. I personally would like to see a Static Shock show. Seeing Static flying around on his trash can fighting crime would rock. Dakota City could also show that not everyone got their powers from the particle accelerator. Bringing in the Bang Babies also opens up more social issues too. Which it would be great to see explored on screen. Who wouldn’t want to see Virgil Hawkins?

    If not a Static tv show how about a Black Lightning one. This could be about a single dad raising his two daughters. Plus it’s not just Jefferson Pierce with powers but Anissa and Jennifer too. So you know it is going to bring in some family fun moments.

    Even a Martian Manhunter tv show could work. Just look at how J’onn was handled on Smallville. It could be a detective tv show. How cool would it be seeing a superhero solving crimes. Seeing as J’onn will spend most of the time on the show using a human persona it won’t cost that much to make.

    I just want to know why the CW can’t make black superhero shows. Even with Firestorm joining The Flash they only have been talking about Ronnie. I don’t want to jump the gun too early but what about Jason Rusch? I’m not saying CW isn’t going to get a black actor. But it would be nice to know if Firestorm is going to be the same as in the comics or not.

    • To be fair, they’ve only made two superhero shows, as they initially didnt air Smallville; The Flash hasn’t even premiered. But why do they have to be black? Or white? Or female? As long as there is a good story, I don’t care what color or gender the central character is.

  3. I don’t know a ton about Firestorm, but I do think a Catwoman TV show would be cool. Not necessarily on the CW, but just in general.

    • so….f******….wrong

  4. Why bother to waste money on all of these shows
    When they are not part of dc cinematic universe.
    Hard to believe how brainless dc and warners is
    Spearheading two separate universes.

    • Well at this point in time, WB/DC are dominating Marvel on the small screen, and they want to keep it that way.

    • The TV shows that are not linked will be the better shows.
      Bank on it, more freedom and more control leads to better stories

      • This is accurate.

        Think about it, rod. People who don’t like the actor playing a character in one show can see a different actor playing him in the movies.

        Need more Flash in between major films? You got the TV show with a different version of him and different writers expanding their own universe within the confines of a weekly, episodic programme.

        It makes WAY more sense to keep them separate, plus stops the complaints and ratings drops that Agents Of SHIELD had when people whined that having four days between a movie opening and the tie-in episode airing was “inconsiderate to people who can’t/won’t see a film right away”.

    • at least DC’s tv shows can make things their ways and be interesting unlike agents of shield who have no soul and no really plot but just try to follow whatever thing happen in the last marvel movie came out.

  5. I’d rather he not have his own show. Only because that is a lot of TV to watch. I’ve already got 4 on queue for this fall, and that’s just what DC is putting out. I like be that they’re introducing more characters, but ain’t nobody got time for that!

  6. Firestorm is one of my favorite characters. I would love to see a Firestorm tv series, Bring it on! I do like that the tv shows and the cinematic universe are different. More creative freedom. I love Agents of SHIELD, but it is easy to see how problems can arise.

    • To be fair, Marvel’s AoS only got better after tying the series story line to the marvel cinematic story line. I guess it all depends on how the stories are written. I would love for both tv n cinematic universes to be connected but I can also understand why they would want to keep it separate. Creative freedom and all.

  7. Sorry, shows on CW just don’t cut it for me. They are basically teen soap operas. Yes, including Arrow, and I think arrow is decent. But the budgets, acting, directing, writing…it’s all a bit too “on the nose.”

  8. I think the CW are going for the creation of a kind of Justice League light (that is, sans WW Bats & Supes), & they would love it if the ratings gave them cause for a Firestorm TV show as well as The Atom (played by Brandon Routh on Arrow).

    I would really like a Firestorm TV series & Amell the cousin is a strong young actor.
    To have 4 superhero shows running concurrently all connected to each other part of the same universe…FANTASTIC!

    • I just thought.

      The New 52 had 4 JL teams when it started out:

      Justice League – Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern (Hal Jordan), Cyborg

      Justice League Of America – Martian Manhunter, Catwoman, Green Arrow, Stargirl, Katana, Vibe, Green Lantern (Simon Baz), Steve Trevor, Hawkman

      Justice League International – Booster Gold, August General In Iron, Green Lantern (Guy Gardner), Godiva, Fire, Vixen, Ice, Rocket Red

      Justice League Dark – John Constantine, Deadman, Zatanna, Madame Xanadu, Mindwarp, Shade The Changing Man

      Now, Arrow has featured Green Arrow with Katana debuting in season 3 while The Flash show has The Flash and Vibe so far. Firestorm is a JL member that joined later on so maybe they’re taking members from various JL groups for these two shows to team them up when The Rogues come into it?

  9. Try The Green Lantern, I think the Green Lantern series shall be called G.L.

  10. Yet to read the article but if there is firestorm – it better be Ronnie Raymond and not Jason Rusch.

    I know it wont be but who is Rusch – no one I’m familiar with. I grew up with Ronnie Raymond though.

  11. Awesome they are using the original. :)

    Guess The Tomorrow People is dead then.

  12. I think that it would be difficult to hold on to three Television shows simultaneously. I think they would be better served not by create three shows that run at the same time, but do what Agents of Shield are doing with Agent Carter and run the show while the others aren’t on the air.

  13. I would absolutely love to see a Firestorm TV series. I have never been a fan of Firestorm. In fact, I have always been much more of a fan of Flash and Green Arrow, but this Firestorm is amazing and is much more interesting to me than the other two combined. I would watch this show as would my kids and wife :) I hope they produce it.