Friday, December 27, 2013

Reverse-Flash & Vibe Appearing in THE FLASH Pilot

You knew Reverse-Flash was probably going to happen, but Vibe?

The pilot for Arrow spinoff The Flash, starring Grant Gustin, seems to be coming together, with a couple of interesting details turning up on the interwebz.  First, Bludhaven Banter is claiming that a version of Eobard Thawne, better known as Barry Allen's archnemesis The Reverse-Flash, is slated to appear as a potential series regular.  Here's the site's report:

Alright, here's the scoop. In pilot episode for The Flash, there is a character called "Detective Eddie Thawne" which sounds a lot like Eobard Thawne, the name of Professor Zoom. Now, that's not a lot to go on, so I did some additional digging and it turns out that he may very well become the villain we all know and love. The description for the character states that he is "leading man handsome" (late 20s-early/mid 30s) and has recently transferred to Central City Police Department from Keystone. Thawne is set to be loved within the precinct and takes the credit for a lot of things that Barry can't. (We assume this'll mean he takes credit for some of The Flash's work, but that's just speculation on our part). However, the most intriguing part about this character is that his past will be a complete mystery. No one knows where he comes from, and he "harbors a dark secret". That does sound very ambiguous, but as a comic fan, it's easy to put one-and-one together to make two.

Now, in the Arrow episode "The Scientist," Barry Allen hinted at Reverse-Flash's involvement by mentioning a strange blur that resembled a person when his mother was murdered.  This is a possible reference to the limited series Flashpoint, written by DC Comics chief creative officer Geoff Johns, who is helping develop The Flash for the CW.  If the pilot goes to a full series, you can see Thawne evolving into a villain over time, similar to Michael Rosenbaum's Lex Luthor or Manu Bennett's Deathstroke.

Meanwhile, Moviehole claims that Hispanic superhero Vibe will also be featured in the pilot as his regular identity of Cisco Ramon.  The character recently returned to the DC Universe from relative '80s obscurity, appearing first as a member of a second Justice League team and then in his own monthly series, Justice League of America's Vibe, that ended after ten issues.  In current "New 52" continuity, Vibe was caught in the event horizon of a Boom Tube, causing interdimensional forces to rewrite his DNA with abilities of vibration manipulation and sonic waves able to disrupt the Flash's access to the Speed Force.

Bludhaven Banter adds that if The Flash is picked up, Vibe is expected to be a series regular, appearing in at least ten of the first thirteen episodes.  However, he will not have his superpowers for some time.

The pilot for The Flash will be directed by David Nutter and is expected to begin filming in Vancouver in March 2014.


  1. Yess!!!! Excellent tidbits! Can't wait to see the show!

    1. Glad you're excited, Neil! Here's hoping the pilot gets picked up by the CW!