Saturday, January 25, 2014

THE FLASH Casts Probable Reverse-Flash & Killer Frost

The Flash doesn't have a series commitment yet and his gallery of Rogues is already growing.

Deadline reports that The Vampire Diaries' Rick Cosnett and Necessary Roughness' Danielle Panabaker have been cast in the pilot for The Flash, starring Grant Gustin as the DC Comics superhero.  The pilot, directed by Smallville and Arrow veteran David Nutter, is expected to begin filming this March in Vancouver.

Cosnett will play Central Ciity police detective Eddie Thawne, announced last month as a recent transfer from Keystone whose past is a complete mystery and "harbors a dark secret."  Introduced as Barry's rival within the CCPD, it seems likely that as long as the series is picked up by The CW, Thawne will eventually becomes The Flash's archnemesis the Reverse-Flash.

As for Panabaker, she will portray Caitlin Snow, described in the article as "a highly intelligent bioengineering expert who lost her fiancĂ© during an explosion at S.T.A.R. Labs."  Comics fans may recognize the name from last year's Justice League of America #7.2 as the newest character to take on the identity of supervillain Killer Frost

Originally created in 1978 by Gerry Conway and Al Milgrom in the pages of Firestorm (vol.1) #3, the current version of Killer Frost is a scientist sent to S.T.A.R. Labs Outpost #72 in the Arctic to work on a thermodynamic engine whose creator has committed suicide.  Discovering the outpost is infiltrated by H.I.V.E. agents, Snow is attacked inside the engine and the coolant system merges her body with ice, turning her into a heat vampire.

This latest casting update follows on recent news that Law & Order actor Jesse L. Martin will play Detective West, a blue-collar cop who is father to Iris West and legal guardian to Barry Allen following the murder of Barry's mother and arrest of his father.

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