Wednesday, December 2, 2015

THE FLASH Casts Marco Grazzini as Tar Pit

Another new Rogue is about to arrive in Central City.

ComicBook.com has revealed that the CW series The Flash has cast Marco Grazzini in the role of Joey Monteleone, better known to DC Comics fans as the supervillain Tar Pit.

According to the article, Tar Pit is described as "a vengeful meta-human with the ability to transform into molten asphalt.  When he crosses paths with The Flash, Tar Pit uses his powers to gain a tactical advantage over the Scarlet Speedster, who finds the ground literally shifting beneath his feet."

Grazzini is probably best known as El Vengador/Oscar Gutierrez as the NBC series Heroes Reborn.  His other television appearances include Nikita, XIII: The Series, Degrassi: The Next Generation, Total Drama, and the recent Beauty and the Beast.

Created in 2001 by Geoff Johns and Scott Kolins, Tar Pit first appeared in The Flash (vol.2) #174 as Joey Monteleone, the younger brother of Jack, who was a drug kingpin in Keystone City and tried to give Joey work in trafficking.  Joey never took his job seriously and soon ended up in Iron Heights Penitentiary.  When it finally occurred to him that his brother couldn't get him out of this mess, Joey took to meditation to relax.  He discovered he had the mutant ability to project his astral form into inanimate objects and animate them.  He spent his nights animating objects outside of prison and causing trouble.  One day his astral self got stuck in an animated vat of tar, but Joey didn't mind.  Naming himself Tar Pit, he forgot about his old body that had fallen into a coma in Iron Heights. 

Now in his new form, Tar Pit first caused havoc at a Keystone City ice hockey game, trying to steal the Stanley Cup for himself.  He was stopped by the Flash (Wally West) and Captain Cold, although Cold himself stole the trophy.  He has appeared sporadically with the other Rogues ever since.  Tar Pit was briefly seen with Captain Boomerang (Owen Mercer) during the Blackest Night, trying to be a member of the Suicide Squad.

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

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