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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

THE FLASH Casts Sugar Lyn Beard as Hazard


The Flash's world is about to come up snake eyes.

Variety has revealed that the CW series The Flash has cast Sugar Lyn Beard as Rebecca Sharpe, better known to DC Comics fans as the supervillain Hazard.

According to the article, Hazard will appear in the third episode of the show's fourth season and is described as "perpetually down-on her luck and is convinced her life is cursed — until a freak accident changes everything.  With the universe on her side, she poses a threat to both Team Flash and Central City."

Beard, 35, is a Canadian actress probably best known as Jeanie in the movie Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates.  She's also appeared in the movies The Disaster Artist, Sausage Party and Aloha, and has appeared in episodes of Drunk History, You're the Worst, Garfunkel & Oates, The Mindy Project, Weeds, The Red Green Show, King of the Hill, and Sailor Moon.

Created in 1987 by Roy Thomas and Todd McFarlane, Hazard first appeared in Infinity, Inc. (vol.1) #34 as Rebecca "Becky" Sharpe, the granddaughter of Golden Age supervillain The Gambler, who had psionic powers that she used in conjunction with special dice to influence probability as she wished. Seeking to avenge the Gambler's suicide following multiple defeats at the hands of various superheroes, she became Hazard and joined a new incarnation of the Injustice Society that called itself Injustice Unlimited.

The group overcame the security at the International Trade Conference in Calgary, which consisted of Infinity, Inc. and a contingent of the Global Guardians, and forced the heroes to help in some mayhem.  Hazard took the second Wildcat and the Tasmanian Devil to Las Vegas and with their help, financially ruined Mr. Taj, the proprietor of the Taj Mahal Casino, which featured crooked games that were in part to blame for her grandfather's suicide.

Hazard encountered Infinity, Inc. once again with the villains Icicle and Artemis, along with the third Harlequin, Marcie Cooper, the Dummy, and a duped Solomon Grundy.  Under the leadership of the Dummy, their first goal was to murder the members of Infinity, Inc. so that the world and the criminal underworld would know and fear Injustice Unlimited.  Although Hazard had previously voiced an unwillingness to take life, she consented to the murder of Infinity, Inc.  Hazard joined with Harlequin and the Dummy to murder Pat Dugan, the former Stripesy, who worked at Stellar Studios that served as Infinity, Inc.'s headquarters.  When Pat's young son became a collateral target, Hazard used her powers of probability manipulation to help save their lives.  When the other heroes arrived at their headquarters and the battle was begun, Hazard feigned the loss of her dice and did not join in. Afterwards, when Injustice Unlimited was successfully defeated, Hazard voluntarily entered into custody for her role in the criminal events.

The Flash returns for Season 4 on October 10, 2017.

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