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Thursday, August 11, 2016

THE FLASH Casts Grey Damon as Mirror Master


Let's just reflect on this for a moment.

Comic Book Resources revealed yesterday that the CW series The Flash has cast Grey Damon in the role of Sam Scudder, better known to DC Comics fans as the supervillain Mirror Master.  Damon is set to appear in the fourth episode of Season 3, which should air in late October or early November.

According to the article, the Mirror Master is described as "One of the Flash's most infamous Rogues, Sam Scudder -- a.k.a. Mirror Master -- is a smooth criminal with a huge ego.  Upon discovering he now has the power to travel through any reflective surface, Scudder embarks on a massive crime spree to prove himself the greatest thief that Central City has ever seen."

Damon, 28, is probably best known as Brian Shafe on the NBC series Aquarius.  In addition to the films Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters and Oldboy, Damon has appeared on episodes of Friday Night Lights, American Horror Story: Coven, Star-Crossed, The Nine Lives of Chloe King, True Blood, 10 Things I Hate About You, and 90210.

Created in 1959 by John Broome and Carmine Infantino, the Mirror Master first appeared in The Flash (vol.1) #105 as Sam Scudder, a convict working at a mirror factory when he accidentally mixed in the wrong chemical in a mirror. Even though the foreman told him to throw it out, Scudder discovered the mirror seemed to have developed special properties.  He studied the mirror and learned how to create mirrors that could create a variety of effects.  Scudder devised a costume and named himself Mirror Master, using a mirror to create duplicates of other people to commit crimes for him.  The Flash investigated these crimes and defeated the Mirror Master.

The Mirror Master became one of the Flash's most persistent and formidable foes. He frequently teamed up with other members of the Flash's Rogues Gallery, especially Captain Cold.  Mirror Master was also a member of the first group to be called the Injustice Gang of the World.  The group battled the Justice League of America and were eventually defeated.  Mirror Master was also a founding member of the Secret Society of Super-Villains alongside fellow Flash rogues Captain Cold, Gorilla Grodd, and Captain Boomerang.  Later, Mirror Master led another grouping of the Secret Society in an effort to aid the Silver Ghost in a plot to destroy the Freedom Fighters.

Mirror Master eventually became involved in the Crisis on Infinite Earths, attending a mass meeting of heroes and villains held abroad the Monitor's satellite.  He later became a part of the massive army of villains organized by Lex Luthor and Brainiac, and helped in taking over Earth-S, the home of Captain Marvel and the Marvel Family.  When the heroes and villains declared a truce to deal with the threat of the Anti-Monitor, Mirror Master joined the mission led by Luthor to journey to Oa's distant past and prevent Krona from peering into the Dawn of Time.  Mirror Master, Icicle and Maaldor the Darklord reached Krona's lab but began to argue as to who should destroy Krona's time viewing equipment.  Before any agreement could be reached, a booby trap activated and all three villains were killed by a powerful explosion.  After Scudder's death, fellow rogue Captain Boomerang impersonated him in an attempt to commit crimes behind the backs of his teammates in the Suicide Squad.  Soon afterward, the Scottish mercenary Evan McCulloch took over the Mirror Master role.

In the current The New 52 timeline, Sam Scudder is the Mirror Master once again.  It was revealed that he, Captain Cold, Heat Wave, and Weather Wizard underwent a procedure at an unknown facility that would merge them with their weapons, giving them superpowers. The procedure went awry, causing an explosion at the facility.  Golden Glider, who was also at the facility, was caught in the explosion.  The five were given superpowers but each in a twisted manner.  Sam became trapped in the Mirror World, and Golden Glider, with whom Sam had a romantic relationship, became an astral projection of herself.  With the two both being unable to connect with the real world, they devised a plan to use the Gilder's astral form to pull him out of the Mirror World.  Against her brother's warnings, the Gilder continued with the strategy and released Scudder from his imprisonment in the Mirror World.  The result left the Gilder's astral form missing and Cold upset at the situation.

Damon will be the second actor to portray the Mirror Master in live-action, after David Cassidy in the original The Flash TV series from 1990-91.  The character has also appeared in various animated projects, including Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show (voiced by James Avery), Justice League Unlimited and Justice League: Doom (voiced by Alexis Denisof), The Batman (voiced by John Larroquette), Batman: The Brave and the Bold (voiced by Tom Kenny), and the Robot Chicken DC Comics Special (voiced by Breckin Meyer).

The Flash returns to The CW for Season 3 on October 4th at 8:00 p.m. EST.

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