During the break between The Flash Season's 1 and 2 production, rumors swirled that a new romantic interest would be added to the show, delaying or possibly derailing, the Iris/Barry romance that has been teased since the very beginning. These rumors were substantiated with the arrival of Patty Spivot (Shantel VanSanten), a police officer on Joe West’s reinvigorated Metahuman Task Force who has immediate chemistry with Barry.
Never a show to back away from a challenge, it looks as though The Flash will continue to explore their fledgling relationship, while simultaneously introducing a new metahuman. This time however, Barry and Patty will be chasing down a bad guy who happens to be a part shark. A new preview for the upcoming episode "The Fury of Firestorm" hints at the next comic book villain from the DC Comics stable coming to small screen.
The video above (via CBM) shows another encounter between Barry and Patty at the precinct, with Patty requesting Barry's help analyzing shark teeth found at a crime scene. She tells him that a witness saw a shark walking on land. "Man Shark, that sounds like a bad Sci Fi movie." Barry says looking at the teeth critically, but agrees to help with the sample after quickly reminding her that "metahumans aren't really my thing."
This possible Man Shark sounds like a direct reference to the DC comics supervillian King Shark, a humanoid shark who possesses superhuman strength and endurance as well as powerful teeth, claws and the ability to regenerate. A popular antagonist, it was rumored that he would appear in the upcoming Suicide Squad, after being captured by Amanda Waller. King Shark first appeared in Superboy comics and is associated with Secret Society of Super Villains.
For almost any other show, this announcement would be concerning at best, and having such an outlandish character could veer into cartoonish territory. However, after The Flash showrunners transformed the telepathic gorilla Grod into a major highlight of Season 1 - and have already planned his return - King Shark no longer sounds so outrageous. Grod has opened the floodgates to allow more than just human metas to take center stage, and while we will have to wait and see if they are all as successful as the hyper intelligent ape, the VFX team seems up to the challenge.
Season 2 of The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8/7pm central; Season 4 of Arrow airs on Wednesdays at 8/7pm central; DC's Legends of Tomorrow begins in 2016.
Source: The CW via ComicBook.com