CW's Arrow spinoff The Flash is set to debut a month from now, and in the run-up to the premiere, we've seen a new, darker trailer and an Easter Egg-filled poster which may hint at what's in store for Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) and the soon-to-be-imperiled residents of Central City.
Much of the news surrounding The Flash has been centered on the various super-powered characters - mainly villains - who will appear during the show's inaugural season. Weather Wizard will kick things off in the series pilot, but numerous comic book metahumans have already been cast, including Girder (Greg Finley), Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller) and Heat Wave (Dominic Purcell), with characters like Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh) potentially joining those ranks.
Now, TV Line (by way of CBM) reports that yet another superpowered character will join the roster, and this one has an interesting backstory. The character called both Farooq and Blackout will show up in episode 7 of The Flash, Described as "an electricity-wielding metahuman,"
Blackout reportedly seeks some kind of vengeance against Barry Allen's new mentor Dr. Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh). He apparently causes some kind of "outage" of the Flash's powers, which makes stopping him that much more challenging. There is no word on who will be playing the character.
Interestingly enough, Farooq/Blackout was first introduced in the Flashpoint comic book event which led to DC's “New 52″ reboot of its properties. In the radically different universe presented in the crossover series, Cyborg rose to prominence among the world's superheroes and attempted to unite them to stop the world-threatening war between Emperor Aquaman and Wonder Woman. Blackout was one of a team of superpowered Americans gathered together by Cyborg to confront the leaders of Atlantis and the Amazons head-on.
So the character is something of a hero in the Flashpoint story, but it sounds like Blackout will be retconned into a villain for The Flash. Given his ties to the Flashpoint universe - which pivoted on Barry Allen's reality-shattering attempts to prevent his mother's murder - will Blackout eventually have a change of heart and stick around as a force of good?
Given the villain-of-the-week nature of The Flash's first season, this isn't likely. Then again, some villains from season 1 of Arrow made return appearances - Deadshot even became something of an anti-hero - so it's possible.
The notion of de-powering The Flash so early in the show's run seems curious, since he's unlikely to have mastered them by the seventh episode, but forcing a superhero to rely on something other than his powers usually provides an opportunity for character-building (see: Iron Man 3), but we'll see how things work out for The Flash in a few months.
The Flash premieres Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 @8pm on The CW.
Source: TV Line
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