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Thursday, October 9, 2014

THE FLASH Also Casts Victor Garber as Firestorm


So, can we have a Firestorm spinoff series now?

The Hollywood Reporter has word that the new hit CW series The Flash has cast Victor Garber as DC Comics character Dr. Martin Stein, who becomes one half of the superhero Firestorm.

According to the article, Dr. Stein will be a recurring character and will debut in the series' twelfth episode.  Stein is described as "a brilliant but arrogant nuclear physicist who has sacrificed everything, including a marriage, for his work in transmutation.  After he discovers the particle accelerator fused him with the younger, more impulsive Ronnie Raymond (Robbie Amell), he races to find a way to separate the two before it's too late."

Best known as the badass spydaddy Jack Bristow on the ABC series Alias, the 65-year-old Garber has appeared in a number of notable films and television series, including Argo, Legally Blonde, Titanic, Sleepless in Seattle, Sleepy Hollow, Charlie's Angels (2011 series), Flashpoint (!), Stargate Universe and more.  He also voiced the DC Comics supervillain Sinestro in the animated film Green Lantern: First Flight.


Created by Gerry Conway and Al Milgrom, Professor Martin Stein first appeared in 1978's Firestorm, the Nuclear Man (vol.1) #1. In his original incarnation, Firestorm was created during a nuclear accident that allowed high-school student Ronnie Raymond to fuse with Stein into a nuclear-powered superhero that soon became a member of the Justice League of America. The character went through a number of iterations over the years, including Russian nuclear technician Mikhail Arkadin, Stein as a Fire Elemental, and a teenager from Detroit named Jason Rusch. In the current New 52 continuity, Ronnie and Jason became Firestorm after Jason used one of Professor Stein's creations called "The God Particle" to transform them.

Although Martin Stein has appeared in the animated series Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show (voiced by Olan Soule), this will be the character's first depiction in live-action.

The Flash airs Tuesday nights on The CW at 8:00 p.m. EST.


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