Professor Zoom Might Feature In THE FLASH TV Series


When we met Barry Allen in Arrow three weeks ago on Arrow, we were treated to a Professor Zoom reference when Barry said he believed his mother’s death was caused by a blurry tornado force that struck his house. It was a cool Easter egg for the fans and now it seems that this force will play an important role in the upcoming Flash TV show. According to Bludhaven Banter, Professor Zoom, a.k.a. The Reverse-Flash, will have a major role both as a major villain and also as someone who works close to Barry. Here are their details on the character.

In pilot episode for The Flash, there is a character called“Detective Eddie Thawne” which sounds a lot like Eobard Thawne, the name of Professor Zoom. Now, that’s not a lot to go on, so I did some additional digging and it turns out that he may very well become the villain we all know and love. The description for the character states that he is “leading man handsome” (late 20s-early/mid 30s) and has recently transferred to Central City Police Department from Keystone. Thawne is set to be loved within the precinct and takes the credit for a lot of things that Barry can’t. (We assume this’ll mean he takes credit for some of The Flash‘s work, but that’s just speculation on our part). However, the most intriguing part about this character is that his past will be a complete mystery. No one knows where he comes from, and he “harbors a dark secret”.

Bludhaven Banter was also the website that revealed the character descriptions for Iris West and her father Detective West, so this sounds like it’s on the up-and-up for now. Thawne’s announcement comes a day after Moviehole announced that Cisco Ramone, better known as Vibe, would also appear in several episodes of the series.


The description doesn’t mention Thawne having any superpowers, but considering his role in the Flash mythos, it’s very likely we’ll see Zoom revealed as a speedster from the future, which explains why no one knows anything about his past. Considering how Zoom’s role in Barry Allen’s life has been, to use a Doctor Who phrase, “timey-wimey,” I hope that they don’t overcomplicate his time-traveling and just keep Thawne as someone who is jealous of Barry and travels back to ruin his life.

Being a Flash fan, I knew that the show would somehow tie Zoom with the tornado force Barry saw as a child, but I never expected that Zoom would be introduced as a main character in the first season. At best I expected him to be a shadowy figure who wouldn’t be revealed until the end of the first season. If it were me, I would have saved Zoom for a later season. Since we’ll likely see the Rogues appear in the show, I would have had them be the first season’s main villains.

If there’s one thing we’ve learned from that horrid Green Lantern movie, it’s that you don’t introduce the most powerful enemies first. After they’ve been defeated, where else can you go? Hopefully the Flash show takes a similar approach with Thawne as Arrow has with Slade Wilson. They introduced Slade as a supporting character in the first season, but saved him as the villain for the second season. Hopefully Thawne won’t have any direct confrontation with Barry until the end of season 1.


At any rate, I hope Johns and the DC crew don’t chicken out and not show us Zoom’s yellow costume. It may be odd-looking, but if they’re going to give Barry a superhero-looking costume, I expect the same treatment for Zoom.

SOURCE: Bludhaven Banter