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In the first season of CW’s The Flash, we saw Tom Cavanagh portray the manipulative big bad, the Reverse Flash but after the events of the season finale, it looks like we now have a new villainous speedster for season two played by the Candyman actor, Tony Todd.
According to Variety, Todd will only be voicing the character while someone else will be physically playing him. In season one, the voice for the Reverse Flash was just Cavanagh’s voice which was modulated but unlike Cavanagh’s character whose identity was revealed at the beginning of the show, Zoom’s identity will be kept secret throughout the majority of this season.
Executive producer Andrew Kreisberg explained that the Zoom suit is going to look “more organic” almost comparing it to Marvel’s Venom and will have no skin showing, so that the real identity of the character will be kept under wraps for much of the season.
“Part of the mystery of the season is who or what is underneath the Zoom outfit, and so we wanted to do something like James Earl Jones as Darth Vader–this iconic voice coming out of this mask,” said Kreisberg. “Last year, we thought of the Reverse-Flash as a speed warrior; this year, Zoom is like a speed demon, and no one does demon-voice better than Tony Todd.”
He also added that Zoom’s identity won’t necessarily be immediately recognizable to comic fans, but that they aim to pay “respect and reverence for the source material.” Like Reverse-Flash, Zoom will be motivated by a simple and personal goal, and “doesn’t care who gets hurt or what gets destroyed in the service of him getting his goal.”
Zoom will first appear in the second episode of the season titled “The Flash of Two Worlds.”
The Flash Season 2 premieres Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 8 p.m. on The CW.