The CW's Arrow spin-off The Flash is gearing up to hit TV screens this fall after the premiere of the pilot episode at San Diego Comic-Con 2014, and recent weeks have seen the show's cast of recurring characters starting to fill out with several familiar names from DC comics. Since the pilot established that Barry Allen was far from the only person affected by the particle accelerator disaster at S.T.A.R. Labs, quite a few of these upcoming characters have superpowers of their own.
Wentworth Miller is set to play villain Captain Cold, while on the other end of the thermometer Arrow star Stephen Amell's cousin Robbie Amell will play Firestorm. Kelly Frye will appear in the first season as Bette Sans Souci AKA Plastique, and Arrow regular Emily Beckett Richards (who plays Felicity Smoak) is also set to make a guest appearance.
It's lucky that Barry Allen has so much energy, because he's going to need it with the number of superpowered villains now set to appear. TV Line reports that episode 6 of The Flash season 1 will introduce Tony Woodward AKA Girder, according to a casting call that reveals the character is an old schoolmate of Barry's who used to bully him when they were kids.
In the comics Woodward is a steel worker who gets dunked into a vat of molten steel, which had been treated with products of S.T.A.R. Labs' experiments. His body is transformed into a jumbled mass of metal, and the casting call describes Girder as "a grinning lunkhead who loves destruction [and an] unstoppable force… who can transmute any part of his body into solid steel." Based on this description, it sounds like the TV version of Woodward will look normal most of the time and will be able to transform into Girder selectively.
The main antagonist of The Flash pilot, who was based on DC villain Weather Wizard, was arguably the weakest part of the episode, but a roster of strong and interesting villains could be exactly what is needed to get the series off to a running start. Girder hasn't yet been cast, but with The Flash premiering on The CW in just a couple more months, we can expect to have a face to put to the name fairly soon.
Already The Flash has clearly demonstrated a much more fantastical tone compared to the relatively grounded Arrow, and introducing a different supervillain in each episode could be a great formula for the first season. Hopefully we'll get to see even more members of the Rogues Gallery in the first season, or even see unsmiling S.T.A.R. Labs scientist Caitlin Snow transform into her superpowered alter-ego, Killer Frost.
The Flash premieres Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 @8pm on The CW.
Source: TV Line