Season 2 of CW Channel The Flash look set to introduce comic villain Zoom. Today it was revealed that there’s a surprising twist to to both the character and his suit.
Season 1 of The Flash was composed of the question of who, or what is Reverse-Flash, and now it’r rumoured as if we’ll all soon be arguing and debating the identity of Zoom as well. Variety has revealed that Tony Todd ( Candyman, Chuck, Final Destination 5) has been cast as the voice of Zoom in the second episode of season 2 titled “Flash of Two Worlds”. Flash fans know that Zoom is one of The Flash’s greatest enemies.
The show’s Executive producer Andrew Kreisberg said “Last year, with the Reverse-Flash, we just modulated Tom Cavanagh’s voice, and this year we wanted to do something a little bit different, Part of the mystery of the season is who or what is underneath the Zoom outfit, and so we wanted to do something like James Earl Jones as Darth Vader — this iconic voice coming out of this mask. Last year, we thought of the Reverse-Flash as a speed warrior; this year, Zoom is like a speed demon, and no one does demon-voice better than Tony Todd.” Kreisberg continues by saying “The Zoom outfit is much more organic than the Reverse-Flash suit. In a way, it’s hard to tell if it is a suit or alive… There’s no skin showing, for all you know there’s a robot underneath, or dark energy.”
Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh) hidden identity was revealed to be Reverse-Flash in the first episode of season one (City of Heroes first broadcast on the 7th October 2014) Wells true identity was later revealed to be Eobard Thawne (a super villain from the future). Kreisberg claims that they’ll be keeping us waiting to find out the mystery of Zoom “like a horror movie — ‘who’s the killer? Who’s under the mask?’
As for the villain’s motivations, he teases: “For us, the best villains are the ones who don’t have megalomaniacal ‘I want to rule the world’ motivations. Last year, the Reverse-Flash had a very simple goal which was, ‘I just want to go home, and if people need to die or cities need to get wasted for me to get that, so be it.’ And Zoom, just as with Wells last year doesn’t care who gets hurt or what gets destroyed in the service of him getting his goal.” Now, if you’re a comic book reader, you’ll know that Zoom is really Hunter Zolomon. He was an ally of Wally West’s and turned on him when the Scarlet Speedster refused to go back in time to save his wife. Using the cosmic treadmill, he gained the power to slow down time around him, thereby giving the impression that he’s moving really fast. It may not be that simple in the series though! “[The] story of Zoom and who and what he is… hopefully comic book fans will be happy because we’ve come up with a clever way to spin the tale, but that also makes it exciting for the people who aren’t as familiar with the comics and are just enjoying the show on its own terms.”
Season 2 premiere on the 6th October 2015 on the CW Channel with ” The Man Who Saved Central City”.