‘The Flash’ Casts Dominic Purcell as Villain ‘Heat Wave’

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Comic book fans can add yet another classic member of The Flash‘s Rogues Gallery to those set to appear in the upcoming CW TV series, as Dominic Purcell (Prison Break, Blade Trinity) has reportedly been cast as the villainous Heat Wave. Beyond adding another supervillain to the roster of the series’ Rogues, the casting means that Purcell will once again share the screen with his former Prison Break co-star (and fictional brother) Wentworth Miller.

News of Purcell’s casting comes from sources of THR, claiming that his character will be set to appear in Episode 10 of the show’s first season, although a mention of the pyromaniac could appear in Episode 4, when Miller’s version of Rogues’ leader Captain Cold is set to make his debut.

The villain Mick Rory a.k.a. ‘Heat Wave’ (two words, not one for you sticklers) first appeared in the comics as a young boy traumatized by an encounter with a refrigerated meat locker, leading him to an absolute fear of the cold. That fear soon turned to an obsession with fire, leading him to burn his own home down – with his family inside – before adopted the adult identity of serial arsonist Heat Wave.

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In the New 52 re-launch, Rory was re-imagined as a villain capable of producing fire through an altered physiology; a rewrite to the character’s origins that, much the same as Captain Cold, will likely be adopted for the series as well. The pilot episode of The Flash set the stage for a whole new world of metahuman heroes and villains granted powers alongside Barry Allen (Grant Gustin), and in the case of Rory’s ability to generate fire from his chest, a path to villainy seems almost unavoidable.

Thankfully, the character’s ties to Captain Cold (both in the comics and given the actors’ past work) implies something a bit more complicated. As is the case with most of the other Rogues (the name given to The Flash’s team of villains), Rory’s character was one driven by an obsession, not simply a desire to ‘be bad.’ If that’s preserved in the show, then fans will have something to look forward to – besides the special effects needed to bring his character to life.

All things considered, the devoted “Flash” fans will be pleased to see another established Rogue confirmed for the series, as recent casting announcements have added characters that were either confined to background roles, or more closely related to other heroes. With Captain Cold and now Heat Wave in the mix, could the like of Captain Boomerang, Mirror Master, or Pied Piper be far behind?

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What do you Prison Break fans think of the upcoming reunion? Will Miller and Purcell’s chemistry add to the series? Or were you comic book fans hoping to see a different villain – or actor – added to the show next? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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

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Source: THR

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  1. I think Heat Wave could be like Firefly who appeared in season one of ‘Arrow’, but as ‘The Flash’ is set to be different than ‘Arrow’ and the explosion at Star Labs could mean he will be the new 52 version. Also, I liked Batman: TAS’s Firefly more than any.

    • That’s why I’m glad the shows aren’t connected to the films. I want an epic Firefly encounter like the one in Batman: Arkham Origins with full armour and flaming jetpack thing, not some dude in a firefighter uniform.

      • AHHH… Firefly in Arrow was so bad. I do hope they bring Firefly back like how their giving us another Count Vertigo. This time, let it be like in the comic book.

      • Firefly was a firefighter in ARROW, the same producers are in charge of The Flash. But they’re going to be more faithful to the comics with all these superpowered beings in the Flash show.

        • *looks at my own comment mentioning Firefly in a firefighter outfit*

          *re-reads response repeating the same thing as if I somehow didn’t know that fact and wonders why the waste of energy telling me what I already knew*

  2. October seems so faraway!!! The Flash is already hitting all the right notes & too have so much going on during s1 no doubt it’s gonna have a lot buzz during the season premiere.

  3. So now that’s at least FOUR prison break stars in the Arrow/Flash universe playing “villains” haha. I wonder if at some point they all get put away in the same facility and break out of… Well you know.

  4. Wonder how long Dom’s character last before it gets killed off? Weather Wizard, a major Flash comic rogue was killed off in the pilot

    • Thanks for the spoiler. (sarcasm)

  5. Mark Hamill for The Trickster.

    • Mark Hamill is busy shooting a movie called Star Wars: Episode VII.

  6. CB, MM, and PP are all fine with me, and I’d like to see them. Maybe the Psycho Pirate (who fought Doctor fate and Hourman in the comics, among others) as well. But the biggie everyone wants to see, i would say, is professor Zoom: super-speed battle coming up!

  7. Bring on Dr. Alchemy!

  8. Dominic Purcell was Horrible as Dracula in Blade Trinity….