Obscure Flash Villains For the NEW Series (Mania.com)
Date: Tuesday, March 04, 2014
The CW is set to hit us with a pilot for DC Comics’ The Flash which we certainly all hope to see developed into an ongoing series boosted by the strength of the network’s ever improving “Arrow” TV series. The Flash is a series with great potential. The Flash has an enormously colorful Rogue’s Gallery, perhaps only behind Batman and Spider-Man. Now we all know some of the Flash’s top villains…Captain Cold, Captain Boomerang, Mirror Master, The Trickster, Professor Zoom, Gorilla Grodd…But today we want to take a look at some of his lesser known villains and our choices for casting in the show.
Abra Kadabra – First Appearance Flash # 128 (1962). Abra Kadabra is a powerful sorcerer from the far future whose powers originally were derived from futuristic technology. In more modern times his powers are changed to be true magic after striking a deal with the demon, Neron. Mania casts Rufus Sewell (Dark City).
Double Down - First Appearance Flash: Iron Heights (2001). Jeremy Tell was a small time con artist and gambler. He murders a fellow gambler and inherits a cursed deck of playing cards which bonds to his skin. He finds that he can detach and direct the cards for various effects and takes the name Double Down.Mania casts Dave Franco (Now You See Me).
Peek-A-Boo – First Appearance Flash Vol. 2, # 180 (2002). Lashawna Baez is a Central City Medical School student with the ability to teleport. She teleports a short distance away when she is touched making her difficult to capture. Her powers are also unstable and can produce implosions around her. Mania casts Sonequa Martin-Green (The Walking Dead).
Cicada – First Appearance Flash Vol. 2, #171 (2001) – Murderer David Hersch gains the ability to essentially live forever by transferring the life force of other people into himself. He can also use the life force to resurrect the dead. Mania cast Jonathan Banks (Breaking Bad).
Shade – First Appearance Flash Comics # 33 (1942). In modern times Shade is best known as a villain to Starman but started his career as a foe to the Golden Age Flash, Jay Garrick. But we think he’s pretty cool and would love to see him tangle with the present Flash. English Gentleman Richard Swift to control power from The Darklands including creating malleable shadows, summon demons, and teleport. Mania casts David Tennant (Doctor Who).
Girder – First Appearance Flash: Iron Heights (2001). Steel plant worker Tony Woodward falls into a vat of molten steel which includes metal scraps from S.T.A.R. Labs. They turn his body into living iron, giving him great strength and durability. Mania casts Isaiah Mustafa (The Old Spice Guy).
The Folded Man – First Appearance The Flash Vol. 2, # 153. The Folded Man is Edwin Gauss, a physics expert who invents a suite which allows him to move across dimensions. He can make himself two-dimensional to slip his body through the thinnest of spaces. Mania cast Sam Witwer (Smallville).
Doctor Alchemy – First Appearance Showcase # 13 (1958). Albert Desmond was a chemist who came into possession of the legendary Philosopher’s Stone which allows him to transmute one element into another and he takes the name Doctor Alchemy. Mania cast Stephen Dorff (Blade).
Rag Doll – First Appearance Flash Comics # 36 (1942). The Rag Doll is another villain who got his start in the Golden Age but found his way into the modern age as well. He has no super powers but has limbs that are tremendously pliable allowing him to contort his body in extreme ways. He is also a skilled hypnotist. Mania casts Marlon Wayans (G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra).
Murmur – First Appearance Flash Iron Heights (2001). A Former surgeon turned psychotic killer, Dr. Michael Amar would blurt out his crimes to anyone around him. To prevent this he cuts out his own tongue and sews his mouth shut. Murmur’s rare blood prevented him from being killed by lethal injection. Mania casts Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory).
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