Tuesday, July 29, 2014

THE FLASH Casts Kelly Frye as Plastique

Arrow casts a superhero, while The Flash casts a supervillain...

E! Online is reporting that the upcoming CW series The Flash has cast Kelly Frye as Bette Sans Souci, more commonly known as the DC Comics supervillain Plastique.  Plastique will make her debut in the series' fifth episode and is described in the article as follows:

"A bomb disposal expert in Iraq who, following exposure to the energy released by the S.T.A.R. Labs meltdown, Bette now has the ability to turn any object she touches into an explosive device.  On the run from the shadow forces in the U.S. government trying to turn her into a human weapon, she finds an ally in fellow metahuman The Flash."

Frye is perhaps best known as Cindy Beck on the short-lived series Rake, and has had various roles on NCIS: Los Angeles, Body of Proof, The Mentalist and House.

Given the character's past history with Firestorm and the announcement that Robbie Amell will be playing Ronnie Raymond, it seems more than possible that the two will have some sort of confrontation on The Flash.

Created in 1982 by Gerry Conway and Pat Broderick, Plastique first appeared in The Fury of Firestorm (vol.1) #7 as a Quebec separatist terrorist who attempted a suicide bombing against the fictional DC Universe newspaper The New York Herald-Express until the superhero Firestorm disarmed her by vaporizing her clothes and leaving her naked in public.  She later used genetic engineering to give herself the ability to project explosive force outward from her body.

Plastique became a member of the Suicide Squad for a short while, and was shortly engaged to the superhero Captain Atom until he ended up becoming the supervillain Monarch.  After the DC Universe's continuity was relaunched as The New 52, Plastique became a member of the Secret Society of Super-Villains and attempted to assassinate Madame Xanadu.

Frye will be the second actress to portray Plastique in live-action, after Jessica Parker Kennedy in seasons eight and ten of the CW series SmallvilleThe character also appeared in an episode of the Justice League Unlimited animated series, titled "Task Force X."

The fifth episode of The Flash should air on The CW on Tuesday, November 4th.

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