The Flash sped into high gear at the Television Critics Association press tour today with several huge announcements. First up was the casting of the Scarlet Speedster’s second greatest nemesis. Prison Break actor Wentowrth Miller will play Leonard Snart, better known as Captain Cold, in the fourth episode of The Flash. Not much else is known about the character, although executive producer Greg Berlanti said that we would see his origin as well as “the origin of the Rogues.”
Professor Zoom aside, Captain Cold is The Flash’s most iconic villain. The writers would have to be crazy not to include the guy who Mr. Freeze once described in the comics as the only villain who’s mastered absolute zero with his weapons. Which brings up a question: will Snart use a cold gun or will he have powers? With the dimensional portals opened by the particle accelerator giving people powers, it’s possible we’ll a cryokinetic Cold like he was until recently in the New 52. On the other hand, it might be more interesting seeing a Leonard Snart who barely manages to build his own cold gun and still manage to give The Flash a run for his money (pun completely intended). It worked before the new 52, why can’t it work for the TV show?
The Flash fun didn’t stop with Cold, though. Expanding on the recent Firestorm casting, Greg Berlanti stated that as they evolved the character, Martin Stein would eventually make an appearance. In the comics, Stein is one-half of the Firestorm entity, and has typically been paired with Ronnie Raymond, who will be played by Robbie Amell in the show. In fact, it was revealed that Stein almost appeared in the pilot traveling on the same bus as Barry, as well as being seen in S.T.A.R. Labs.
Of course, there’s nothing that gets fans more excited than a crossover, and that’s precisely what the CW has planned. After the press conference, TV Guide learned that there will be a crossover between Arrow and The Flash sooner than we thought, according to executive producer Andrew Kreisberg.
Episodes 8 of both shows, Arrow and Flash, are going to be a two-hour crossover event. [Also], in Episode 4, Felicity [Emily Bett Rickards] is going to come to The Flash.
The Felicity thing isn’t too surprising. She’s the Arrow character most connected to him, and unless they plan on dragging their romantic chemistry out multiple seasons, they’ll need to close that subplot. As for the big crossover, that’s a lot sooner than I was expecting (Oliver Queen cameo in the pilot aside). What could bring these two heroes together so soon? The Arrow season 3 main villain? One of the Rogues? The Suicide Squad? A race for charity? No wait, that was Superman. Either way, it will be cool the see the green arrows and red blur fight together to fight the forces of evil!
SOURCE: Flash TV News
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