The Flash mythos has always had a special sense of legacy to it. No matter who is carrying the name, each of them know their history. CW’s The Flash will be continuing that trend, but will focus more on the supervillain side of legacies. ComicBook.com reports that actor Devon Graye (who played a teen Dexter Morgan on Dexter) is playing Axel, a young criminal who takes up the mantle and the gadgets of the original Trickster, in the season’s upcoming seventeenth episode. We can safely assume that he’s a variation of Axel Walker, the second Trickster who was created by the show’s Executive Producer Geoff Johns and artist Scott Kollins while working on the original comic series.
For those in need of a quick history lesson – Axel Walker is a sociopathic teen who stole the costume and equipment of the original Trickster (known as James Jesse) when he decided to go straight and work for the FBI (no seriously, a supervillain actually became a federal agent). Walker was initially warned off by the other Rogues, but soon accepted onto the team as Captain Cold felt they could pass on their knowledge to the eager young felon.
The CW previously announced that actor Mark Hamill would play the Jesse James version of the character – a role he originally played in the 1990 version of The Flash – in the same episode. The logline for that show noted that Hamill’s Trickster would be an imprisoned criminal teaming with authorities to stop the wannabe copycat. I’m already imagining an epic but funny fight that includes exploding rubber chickens, encasing hard candy, killer slinkys, and potato head bombs! And why not? The show hasn’t let us down yet when it comes to over-the-top battles, and I doubt they’ll start now.
The Flash returns with new episodes on Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET/PT.