The Flash TV show 2018 midseason premiere will feature Human Target star Mark Valley as the lawyer trying Barry Allen for the murder of Clifford DeVoe aka. The Thinker. The Flash's 2017 midseason finale concluded with The Thinker having framed Barry Allen up for his own murder, when in reality the super-genius villain had transferred his consciousness to another body (something only DeVoe's wife knows, at the moment). Between Barry's fingerprints being all over the murder weapon, DeVoe's dead body conveniently showing up in Barry and Iris' apartment, and Barry having already gotten in trouble for "stalking" DeVoe, the Scarlet Speedster is in a rough spot right now.
The Flash midseason premiere trailer offers a sneak peek at what happens when Barry is put on trial for his "crime" in the midseason premiere episode, 'The Trial of The Flash'. While Barry will have Cecile on his side, it's difficult to say at the moment how the pair will manage to prove Barry's innocence, given the evidence against him. Even worse, the prosecution will have a key comic book character leading the charge, as played by a familiar DC actor.
The CW has released a synopsis for 'The Trial of the Flash' that reveals that Mark Valley will be playing Anton Slater in the episode. In the comics, Slater was the lawyer who prosecuted for the murder of the Reverse-Flash, so having him prosecute Barry for The Thinker's death here is a nice nod to the source material. Along with the synopsis, a new image of Valley as Slater was released. Check both out, below:
BARRY FIGHTS FOR HIS LIFE - As Barry’s (Grant Gustin) trial for the murder of Clifford DeVoe begins, Iris (Candice Patton) and Joe (Jesse L. Martin) must decide how far they are willing to go to keep Barry out of prison.
For DC die-hards, Valley is best remembered as the lead in the short-lived FOX series Human Target, based on the comic book and character of the same name. Interestingly, the Human Target's skill-set would actually be useful to Barry in this situation, as he impersonates people for a living. In fact, the character helped Oliver Queen out of a similar jam on Arrow when Will Traval (Jessica Jones) played the Human Target. Unfortunately for Barry, he may have to go about this trial by the book.
Naturally, there's no way anything too drastic will happen to Barry, but Arrow has proven that The CW is wiling to take its heroes out of commission for a little while. With the follow-up episode titled 'The Elongated Knight Rises', it's not hard to imagine Barry spending some time in jail while Ralph and the rest of Team Flash attempt to run point. It shouldn't be long until The Thinker's full scheme is revealed and The Flash is on his trail again, but the ride in the meantime looks to be enjoyable.
The Flash continues with 'The Trial of The Flash' on Tuesday, January 16 on The CW.
Source: The CW