10/29/2014

Flash vs Tar Pit
Here are some awesome villains they need to add to the new Flash TV series. The Flash CW show starring Grant Gustin is now the most-watched show for the CW network in the channel's history because of its great characters, mind-blowing action and special effects.

Here's the official description:
 THE FASTEST MAN ALIVE IS BORN — Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) was just 11 years old when his mother was killed in a bizarre and terrifying incident and his father (John Wesley Shipp) was falsely convicted of the murder. With his life changed forever by the tragedy, Barry was taken in and raised by Detective Joe West (Jesse L. Martin), the father of Barry’s best friend, Iris (Candice Patton). Now, Barry has become a brilliant, driven and endearingly geeky CSI investigator, whose determination to uncover the truth about his mother’s strange death leads him to follow up on every unexplained urban legend and scientific advancement that comes along. Barry’s latest obsession is a cutting edge particle accelerator, created by visionary physicist Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh) and his S.T.A.R. Labs team members, Caitlin Snow (Danielle Panabaker) and Cisco Ramon (Carlos Valdes), who claim that this invention will bring about unimaginable advancements in power and medicine. However, something goes horribly wrong during the public unveiling, and when the devastating explosion causes a freak storm, many lives are lost and Barry is struck by lightning. After nine months in a coma, Barry awakens to find his life has changed once again – the accident has given him the power of super speed. Thrilled with his new powers, Barry learns how to control them with the help of Dr. Wells and his team. However, keeping his secret from his best friend Iris (Candice Patton) is proving to be harder than he thought, especially when Joe’s new partner, Eddie Thawne (Rick Cosnett), catches her eye. When another meta-human attacks the city, it’s time to put Barry’s new powers, and himself, to the test. David Nutter directed the episode with story by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kresiberg and Geoff Johns and teleplay by Andrew Kreisberg and Geoff Johns (100).

A few weeks back we shared a list of villains that will be on the new Flash TV show. But there are some guys and gals missing. Some are long established villains and key players in the Flash's journeys while others are so awesome they need to be on the show.



1. The Top (Roscoe Neyle Dillon)


Roscoe "The Top" Dillon (Source)
First Appearance: The Flash #122 (1961)
Who is He? Dillon was a crook who learned how to spin fast enough to deflect bullets and, as a side effect, increased his intelligence to create a variety of trick tops.
What Does He Do? Besides his trick tops, Dillon's increased brain capacity allows him some telekinetic abilities.
Why Would He Be Great on Flash? The visual of him spinning around at super-speed would be a great complement to Flash's running and his trick tops would keep everyone guessing.


2. Mirror Master (Sam Scudder)




First Appearance: Flash #105 (1959)
Who is He? Sam Scudder discovered how to travel inside the reflection of a mirror. He uses his ability to control the reflections in mirrors to become a prominent members of the Flash's Rogues gallery.
What Does He Do? Besides being able to travel inside mirrors he can manipulate reflections to hypnotize people and turn invisible. He can also use mirrors to communicate and travel between parallel universes.
Why Would He Be Great on Flash? Visually he's a stunning villain, but his ability to be in multiple places at the same time makes him a hard man to catch. It would test the Flash's speed to the limit. Plus, having the funky backwards Mirror World would be awesome if they have the budget.


3. Trickster (James Jesse)




First Appearance: Flash #113 (1960)
Who is He? James Jesse created a set of flying shoes to keep himself from falling in his family's circus act. Realizing his inventive genius, he created an assortment of deadly gags to stay one step ahead of the Flash. He was a member of Captain Cold's Rogues until he joined the FBI.
What Does He Do? Trickster is a criminal mastermind and a mechanical genius. Among his toys are explosive rubber chickens and teddy bears, razor sharp yo-yos and a high-speed scooter.
Why Would He Be Great on Flash? Trickster's been compared to the Joker, but he's very different and could be a major villain if used right. Cast a comedic actor in the role and Trickster would be hilarious. Plus, if he joined the FBI he could even become a partner of the Flash. How funny would that be? Plus, being able to run in the air would make him hard to catch.

 Note: Trickster will appear in episode 17 "Tricksters"


4. Murmur (Dr. Michael Amar)




First Appearance: Flash: Iron Heights (2001)
Who is He? Dr. Amar was a respected surgeon until he went crazy from his undiagnosed Schizophrenia and went on a killing spree. When he was sentenced to death it was discovered that his blood is resistant to toxins and poisons. After his trial, Dr. Amar cut out his own tongue and sewed his mouth shut to stop himself from ever saying anything that would let him be convicted again.
What Does He Do? Besides being a serial killer he is skilled at surgical techniques and devising pathogens.
Why Would He Be Great on Flash? Flash needs a good scary villain and there are few scarier than Murmur.


5. Peek-A-Boo (Lashawna Baez)




First Appearance: Flash #180 (2002)
Who is She? When Baez was a grad student at medical school her father needed a kidney transplant but her newly-discovered teleporting powers prevented her from donating hers. So, she tried to sneak into the hospital and steal one. Unfortunately, her powers accidentally created an explosion that destroyed the hospital.
What Does She Do? Peek-A-Boo has the ability to teleport short distances away, but he power has several unintended side-effects. She automatically teleports if anyone touches her and can create a dangerous implosion after she leaves.
Why Would She Be Great on Flash? Her ability to teleport away from Flash makes her visually interesting and challenging to stop. Plus, she's one of the few good African-American villains of Flash. Her medical knowledge and back story would make her a tragic villain which the Flash show desperately needs. Plus her roller-blades and natural hair look awesome.

Note: Peek-A-Boo appeared in episode "Crazy for you"


6. Turtle-Man




First Appearance: All-Flash #21 (1945)
Who is He? There are actually a couple of villains named Turtle (or Turtle-Man). The first one suffered from an inability to move quickly and used Flash's speed against him by moving so slowly that it was hard for Flash (Jay Garrick) to slow down and fight him. The second one first fought the second Flash (Barry Allen) in Showcase #4 and displayed a slow methodical criminal method.
What Does He Do? While he has no super-powers, "The Slowest Man on Earth" is a criminal strategist and has an array of devices including a force field that can stop bullets.
Why Would He Be Great on Flash? While the idea of a turtle-powered super-villain sounds weak, Barry Allen has a tendency to be impulsive. Turtle Man could easily exploit this. For example, in the comics he projected a shadow against the wall to trick Flash into running into it.


7. Tar Pit (Joey Monteleone)




First Appearance: Flash #174 (2001)
Who is He? Joey's older brother was a drug kingpin, but he's the one that ended up in jail. While there he discovered he could transfer his consciousness to inanimate objects. He began using his power to wreck havoc outside of jail until he accidentally got mind stuck in a vat of tar. Deciding he enjoyed it he left his body behind in jail and named himself Tar Pit.
What Does He Do? In his new form Tar Pit is super-strong and almost invulnerable. His molten body is extremely hot and he can throw smoldering chunks of tar around.
Why Would He Be Great on Flash? Flash mainly runs on the roads and streets so having a villain that is made of the street should be pretty powerful. Plus, since he can't touch Tar Pit, Barry Allen will have to use his brain instead of his feet.



8. Rose and Thorn (Rose Canton)




First Appearance: Flash Comics #89 (1947)
Who is She? Rose had an imaginary personality that she would blame for bad things she did called "Rose". One day, on the island of Tashmi, she was exposed to the sap of a jungle root. After that, she developed an evil split personality. She returned home and switches back and forth between the two personalities. As Rose she's a normal person, but Thorn is a super-villain and a gang leader.
What Does She Do? When she manifests her "Thorn" personality she can control plants and move at fast speeds to avoid capture.
Why Would She Be Great on Flash? The idea of a split personality makes for great drama and the image of Flash getting tied up by plants is perfect. Plus, they have a lot of male villains for Flash, but he needs a good female villain too.



9. Shade (Richard Swift)


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First Appearance: Flash Comics #33 (1942)
Who is He?  An immortal Victorian gentleman who can control and manifest shadows. Back in 1838, the young man Richard Swift was involved in an unexplained event that killed 103 people but left him with amnesia. When he first appeared in the comics he had a machine that created darkness, but they later said that the ability to control darkness comes from his cane. He's been a major villain of the Jay Garrick and the Barry Allen version of Flash but, eventually, Shade became a hero.
What Does He Do? He can control darkness, make constructs (objects) out of shadows, travel long distances and is virtually immortal.
Why Would He Be Great on Flash? Tell us that seeing Flash fighting shadows wouldn't look cool. Then there's his moral ambiguity and tragic back story which should be great character development.




10. Doctor Alchemy (Albert Desmond)




First Appearance: Showcase #13 (1958)
Who is He? Another split personality villain is Doctor Alchemy, or Mister Alchemy as he was first known. Albert Desmond was the director of the Central City Police Department's Forensics lab where Barry Allen worked. He used his knowledge of chemistry and a special gun to commit crimes until he discovered the "Philosopher's Stone" which gave him the ability to turn one chemical element into another at will.
What Does He Do? While he has no natural superpowers, with the stone Mister Alchemy can transmute elements into anything he wants. For example, if Flash is running at him, he could turn the ground into water or the air into rock.
Why Would He Be Great on Flash? Since he's a forensic scientist and chemist like Barry Allen he basically becomes an evil version of Barry Allen. If they make him younger he could follow the same tragic path as his has. Plus, how cool would it be to watch him changing objects around?

Who do you think they should add to the list of Flash villains? Which one would be the easiest to do and why? Which would be the hardest and why?

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18 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I admit, I was never a big Flash fan, so any of those will do.

Yolanda Renee said...

I like Rose and Thorn, a love interest and his greatest enemy? What fun!

Tony Laplume said...

Bringing in Trickster would be another callback to the original TV show. That was the role that pointed Mark Hamill in the direction of his infinitely better-known Joker.

Maurice Mitchell said...

It would be another brilliant homage after Shipp

Maurice Mitchell said...

She'd be the best and worst woman in his life.

Maurice Mitchell said...

He has many good enemies

Peter Townsend said...

Turtle Man actually does have powers. He has the ability to absorb kinetic energy or "steal speed" from others causing them to slow to a halt. When he fought Wally West he made it so Wally was only as fast as a normal person and everything else was frozen. He could also cause object to regain their momentum, so he would knock Flash in front of a frozen truck then have the truck slam into him.

comicbookandmoviereviews said...

I like this list. I like this list a lot. Although I might have added Abra Kadabra as well because he was once such a sinister sod.

comicbookandmoviereviews said...

Rivaled only by Batman in the DCU, eh Mo?

Maurice Mitchell said...

I almost added him actually, but couldn’t resist some of these others because of the fell of the show. And yes, Batman has the greatest enemies in my book.

Maurice Mitchell said...

Another great point Peter! I was limiting this to the first incarnation of Turtle Man, but the picture of the second Turtle Man shows he could be a powerful villain.

COMICFAN said...

Great list....next to BATMAN, SUPERMAN and SPIDER-MAN, The Flash has one of my favorite rogues galleries....as far as 10 VILLAINS WE'D LIKE TO SEE. I'm glad you put down MIRROR MASTER and THE SHADE...although I wish you'd included ABRA KADABRA and new villain DOUBLE DOWN.

COMICFAN said...

Rose/Thorne wouldn't be the 1st time The Flash has had to contend with an old flame...there's also MAGENTA

COMICFAN said...

I think in the list of FLASH VILLAINS WE CAN EXPECT List, you left out Roy G. Bivolo a.k.a. RAINBOW RAIDER, who appeared in THE FLASH/ARROW X-over.

Maurice Mitchell said...

You know I almost put Abra Cadabra in, but I just couldn’t put him above others like Shade. As for Double-Down I’m not familiar enough with the character to suggest him. Why would you recommend him?

COMICFAN said...

Because, I just love his gimmick, while I detest most of Geoff Johns, I have to give him credit for introducing some cool new villains...like Peek-A-Boo, Magenta and Blacksmith.

ClearHeatVision said...

Anddddd Mark Hamill is reprising the role!

Micaela said...

I would love to see (Minerva) cheetah but she would be hard because her cameo came with wonder women and she's not a main villain. Though it would be interesting to see other dc universe heroes in this too.

(But Only after the main villains have been shown.)

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