The CW TV panel at this year's Television Critics of America event has already brought us plenty of breaking news concerning their superhero slate of television shows. That roster now includes Arrow, Supergirl, DC's Legends of Tomorrow and, of course, The Flash.
Season 3 of The Flash will be exploring the comic-book based story-arc of Flashpoint (confirmed to have a dwindling affect on the entire Flarrowverse), in the aftermath of Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) having gone back in time to save his mother from impending doom in the season 2 finale. In turn, his actions changed the entire timeline by creating an alternate universe that only Barry knows about, forcing him to forget his powers and core memories. Flashpoint won't take up the entirety of season 3, leaving plenty of episodes for the Scarlet Speedster to knuckle up against classic Flash villains, like Mirror Master.
The Flash TV show's producers have already confirmed that there will be two main baddies this season; one will be a speedster, and the other will be more human. While the Comic-Con 2016 trailer did tease the notion of Dr. Alchemy, we now have confirmation from TCA that the two villains are, in fact, Dr. Alchemy and Savitar (thanks to the following tweet from Alex Zalben of TV Guide):
— Alex Zalben (@azalben) August 11, 2016
Dr. Alchemy is a classic villain and part of Flash's Rogues, who first appeared in Showcase #13 in 1958. Also known as Mister Element, he uses the power of a "philosopher's stone" to transmute common elements while fighting Flash. Albert Desmond began as a man who suffered from multiple personality disorder, was obsessed with chemistry, and eventually gave in to his criminal side, proving to be a worthy foe of the scarlet speedster. He discovered the philosphers stone while he was in jail, using it to escape anf further torment The Flash.
The other main villain, Savitar, was a cold war pilot for a third world country who was on a mission to test a supersonic jet plane. As he reached top speed, lightening struck his aircraft ending in a terrible crash into enemy territory. He soon discovered he could use his newly gained power of speed to defeat his enemies, while at the same time becoming obsessed. Savitar named himself after the Hindu God of Speed and consequently gained many followers as he sought to eliminate all other speedsters. A bit more advanced than Barry Allen, Savitar is actually able to transfer his speed to objects and even other people.
Both Dr. Alchemy and Savitar have proven to be quite the match for The Flash in the original comics. We can assume that each character will have the same type of interaction with Barry Allen on the television show. Introducing another stronger speedster and a criminal who can alter any element on earth will certainly give Barry quite the challenge when the Flashpoint story arc ends, or it's possible that they will be a part of Flashpoint as well.
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: Alex Zalben