Friday, August 19, 2016

THE FLASH Casts Joey King as Magenta

This latest Rogue has one hell of a magnetic personality.

ComicBook.com has revealed that the CW series The Flash has cast Joey King as Frances "Frankie" Kane, better known to DC Comics fans as the superhero-turned-supervillain Magenta.

According to the article, Magenta will appear in the third episode of Season 3 and is "a metahuman with the ability to control metal...but her powers come with a dangerous side-effect, causing her villainous alter ego known as Magenta to emerge."

King, 17, is best known as Ramona Quimby in Ramona and Beezus and as the young Talia al Ghul in The Dark Knight Rises.  She's also appeared in the films Independence Day: Resurgence, Stonewall, The Sound and the Fury, White House Down, Oz the Great and Powerful, Battle: Los Angeles, and Quarantine.  In addition, she's appeared on episodes of Fargo, American Dad!, New Girl, Ghost Whisperer, Medium, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Entourage, Jericho, and Malcolm in the Middle.

Created in 1982 by Marv Wolfman and George PĂ©rez, Frances Kane was the only survivor of a car crash that killed her father and brother.  Her mother blamed her for their deaths, believing her to be possessed by the devil.  It didn’t help that things had started to fly around in the house with Frances as the focal point.  She sought help from longtime friend Wally West, whom she had already guessed was Kid Flash, and Wally brought the Teen Titans in on the case.  Her mother never forgave her, even though it turned out Doctor Polaris was using her latent magnetic abilities to escape from imprisonment.

Frances dated Wally for some time, but was never comfortable with her powers.  She finally left Wally, feeling too pressured to be part of his life as a superhero, and went to S.T.A.R. Labs to deal with her powers.  There, she was treated by an unscrupulous doctor who created a second, lethal personality called Magenta, who could be triggered with a code word.

An evil form of former Titan Raven kidnapped Frances and implanted a portion of her demon father Trigon’s soul into Frances, bringing her into the world of genuine evil. Trigon was eventually defeated separately by the Titans, but his influence left Frances still unstable, and still blaming Wally (now known as The Flash) for not letting her be normal. She later fell in with the Cicada cult, a group that believed that the Flash was saving lives fated to die so that they could take them. She helped the cult capture the Flash, then later joined the New Rogues Gallery.  Her two personalities fought for dominance, and she finally turned on the Rogues—particularly on Girder, who wouldn’t stop harassing her.

The Flash returns to The CW for Season 3 on October 3, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. EST.

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