Saturday, December 31, 2016

THE FLASH Casts Stephen Huszar as Plunder

Get ready for the first Rogue of 2017.

ComicBook.com has word that the CW series The Flash has cast Stephen Huszar as Jared Morillo, better known to DC Comics fans as the supervillain Plunder.  According to the article, Plunder will make his television debut in the midseason premiere, "Borrowing Problems from the Future."

Huszar has appeared as Eben in the direct-to-video 30 Days of Night: Dark Days, and on episodes of Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments, Fringe, Continuum, Supernatural, Smallville, Backstrom, Paradise Falls, and Cashing In.

Created in 2000 by Geoff Johns and Angel Unzueta, Plunder first appeared in The Flash (vol.2) #165 as the mirror world version of Central City Police Detective Jared Morillo, the exact opposite in personality and occupation to his counterpart. The third Flash, Wally West, journeyed to the mirror world and fought Plunder, who was out to kill him for money. The Fastest Man Alive managed to escape from the mirror world, but unknown to him at the time, Plunder also managed to make his way out. 

Once in the real world, Plunder joined Blacksmith's Rogues and his objective was to help ruin Flash's life by attacking his loved ones.  His first target was Flash's best friend, Chunk, whom he shot with a special bullet that made Chunk's powers flare and turned him into a living black hole.  Flash saved his friend, and Plunder went after his next victim, his counterpart, Jared Morillo.  He attacked and killed Jared, replacing him and taking his job as detective.

Plunder was successful in his role for quite some time until Morillo's partner, Fred Chyre, realized he wasn't the real Jared.  Plunder then revealed himself to be the doppleganger of Jared and incapacitated Chyre, bringing him to where he had buried the other Jared. Just as Plunder was about to kill Chyre, Jared emerged from the grave, having acquired a heightened healing factor after being stabbed by the villain, Cicada, and together with Chyre, they managed to defeat Plunder. 

Plunder returned soon after, this time with his ally, Murmur, helping him.  Plunder disappeared for a time, until he returned with the rest of the new generation of Rogues under the control of The Top.  They fought the older Rogues and the Flash in an all out war for Central City.  The Top was killed by Captain Cold, and his control over them wore off but Plunder and the others continued to fight the Rogues for old grudges.  Zoom arrived and told Plunder that he didn't belong in this world and that he should go home.  He crashed into Plunder, shattering him and supposedly returning him to the mirror world.

The Flash returns to The CW for its midseason premiere on January 26, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. EST.

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