Friday, July 18, 2014

THE FLASH Casts Wentworth Miller as Captain Cold

At last, we have the first of the Rogues coming to Central City.  (No, Weather Wizard's brother and Reverse-Flash don't count.)

The Hollywood Reporter provided details on The Flash's casting of Wentworth Miller as Leonard Snart, better known to Flash fans as the supervillain Captain Cold, in the series' fourth episode titled "Going Rogue."  Executive producer Greg Berlanti made the announcement earlier today during the Television Critics Association summer press tour.

The 42-year-old actor is best known as Michael Scofield on the Fox series Prison Break and as Chris Redfield in three Resident Evil films.  He also voiced the DC Comics supervillain Deathstroke on the Young Justice: Invasion animated series and appeared on episodes of House and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

The episode will also feature Arrow's Emily Bett Rickards as her character Felicity Smoak.  "It’s an episode where Barry’s beginning to question his teammates," said executive producer Andrew Kreisberg, "and Felicity coming along is not just to reconnect with him -- it actually serves a grander purpose, which is that Felicity is somebody who knows how difficult it is to have teammates who are fighting crime.  So, she’s there to offer some sage advice, both to Barry and to to Caitlin, Cisco, and Wells.  So we’re really excited."

Created by John Broome and Carmine Infantino, Captain Cold first appeared in 1957's Showcase #8, the second comic to feature Barry Allen as The Flash.  Originally a small-time thief, Leonard Snart developed an experimental cold gun from a cyclotron that would interfere with the Flash's super-speed.  Taking the identity of Captain Cold, Snart became of the Flash's greatest enemies and eventually joined the supervillain group The Rogues, along with his sister Lisa, who became The Golden Glider.  In the current New 52 continuity, Captain Cold recently helped free the Earth from the dangerous Crime Syndicate and became a member of the Justice League.

Miller will be the second actor to portray the character in live-action, after Michael Champion in the previous Flash television series that ran from 1990-91.  The character has appeared in several animated series and films over the decades, including Challenge of the Super Friends (voiced by Dick Ryal and Michael Bell), Justice League Unlimited (voiced by Lex Lang), Batman: The Brave and the Bold (voiced by Steven Blum), Young Justice (voiced by Alan Tudyk), Justice League: The New Frontier (voiced by James Arnold Taylor), Superman/Batman: Public Enemies (voiced by Michael Gough), and Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox (voiced by Danny Jacobs).

The Flash is scheduled to debut on The CW on October 7, 2014, with the Captain Cold episode presumably airing on October 28th.

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