Tuesday, August 25, 2015

THE FLASH Casts Demore Barnes as Tokamak

Seriously, can Firestorm just get his own show already?

ComicBook.com has revealed that the CW series The Flash has cast Demore Barnes as Henry Hewitt, better known to DC Comics fans as the Firestorm villain Tokamak.

According to the article, Hewitt is described by The CW as "a charming, but cocky scientist who was affected by the same Particle Accelerator explosion that created the Flash.  When Caitlin Snow (Danielle Panabaker) recruits him to join the team at S.T.A.R. Labs, Hewitt jumps at the opportunity to fulfill his destiny as a powerful metahuman."

Barnes, 38, is probably best known as Hector "Hammerhead" Williams on The Unit, and as Tobias Budge on Hannibal.  Barnes has also had roles on episodes of Fringe, Supernatural, Covert Affairs, Hemlock Grove, Transporter: The Series, Flashpoint, XIII: The Series, and The Associates.

Created in 1983 by Gerry Conway and Pat Broderick, Tokamak first appeared in The Fury of Firestorm (Vol.1) #15 as Henry Hewitt, the Chief Executive Officer of the Hewitt Corporation and a high level director in the 2000 Committee.  He attempted to pressure U.S. Senator Walter Reilly into voting in favor of the Hewitt Industries Bill, which would effectively allow Hewitt Industries unequaled control of the energy market.  When Reilly refused Hewitt's demands, Hewitt kidnapped the senator's daughter Lorraine and experimented on her to duplicate the nuclear accident that created Firestorm.  This experiment transformed Lorraine into Firehawk, whom Hewitt brainwashed her to eliminate Firestorm.

Hewitt then performed the same experiment on himself and forged a atomic containment suit, calling himself Tokamak, a Russian term referring to a magnetic confinement device that is one of the most-researched candidates for producing controlled thermonuclear fusion power.  He fought Firestorm and Firehawk, apparently dying when his suit was breached and caused a build-up of energy to explode.

The Flash returns to The CW for Season 2 on October 6, 2015.

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