There’s been a lot of big news lately that will make fans of The Flash excited! We’re getting Adam “Edge” Copeland as Atom-Smasher, Wally West and Jay Garrick (not yet cast) will be showing up, and spoiler images of “Flash Day” from the set of Season 2’s Episode 1. Let’s break it all down piece by piece. First, the announcement of who will play Atom-Smasher.
The upcoming, second season of The CW’s The Flash will feature former WWE Superstar Adam Copeland as Atom-Smasher, ComicBook.com has learned and CW has confirmed exclusively.
He will appear in the season premiere, currently filming, and contrary to what the name might suggest, he’s not on the good guys’ side. Here’s how The CW describes his character:
“One of the most powerful enemies we encounter this season, Atom-Smasher has come to Central City to kill The Flash. His incredible strength and ability to grow to enormous size makes him more than a match for Flash and the entire S.T.A.R. Labs team will have to come together to find a way to defeat him.”
In the comics, Atom-Smasher is a hero. Al Rothstein, grandson to the villain Cyclotron, is godson to Al Pratt, the Golden Age hero known as The Atom before Ray Palmer took on the name. Prior to becoming Atom-Smasher, Rothstein operated as Nuklon.
During The Flash executive producer Geoff Johns’ time on JSA, Rothstein briefly took on a vengeful and unhinged personality following the murder of his mother, eventually traveling back in time to save her. That storyline seems like it has a lot of potential given the over-arching story of The Flash last year.
At Comic-Con International: San Diego, producers said that while the particle accelerator explosion had been the main source for introducing powered characters in the show’s first season that it would be Earth-2 providing many such characters this time around. It stands to reason that Rothstein’s connections to Earth-2 staples the JSA and Infinity, Inc. will be explored.
That Rothstein was one of a number of DC characters named as having died during the particle accelerator explosion — a list that also included Ronnie Raymond, who later returned as Firestorm — also throws into question whether we might see some of those characters re-emerge as their superheroic selves soon.
Sounds pretty promising, right? And speaking of The Flash versus Atom-Smasher, there were some great pictures leaked from the set of Episode 1, where “Flash Day” was set up at Yaletown’s George Wainborn Park. They feature Atom-Smasher, The Flash, and the “Flash Day” celebration.
Photos from YVRShoots.com:
But we’re not done yet! It’s been teased that Wally West and Jay Garrick will both appear in Season 2 and, although we don’t know who will be playing them yet, there is a lot to discuss and get psyched up for.
Near the end of the season finale of first season of The Flash, Garrick’s helmet was seen sliding out of the wormhole, presumably from an alternate timeline or world. This was an Easter egg at first that fans didn’t know would ever hatch, but then it was later confirmed that the Golden Age Flash would be appearing on the show by producers of The Flash.
In the comics, Jay Garrick was in an accident (similar to Barry sans the lightning) that gave him super-speed, thus making him the first Flash. Later, Garrick was placed in an alternate universe dubbed Earth 2. While experimenting with his powers, Barry accidentally transported himself to Earth 2, providing the opportunity for him to meet Garrick, and thus expose the now famous “DC Multiverse.”
To date, The Flash has only featured one other speedster, which of course was Barry’s archenemy Reverse-Flash. And though Reverse-Flash is gone for now, one would have to figure that Barry has much to learn about his powers and what limitless possibility they grant him. By bringing in Jay to the show, it not only introduces the DC Multiverse, but also brings in another speedster who is able to help Barry learn more about his powers, without an ulterior motive.
While commonly thought of as a prominent and crucial member of to the mantle of The Flash, Wally West is also known as Iris West’s nephew and Barry Allen’s teenage sidekick, Kid-Flash. As Kid Flash, Wally started off as a fan of the Flash, and later attempted to recreate the accident that gave Barry his powers and by a sheer coincidence lightning struck him resulting in super speed. After the supposed death of Barry Allen in Crisis On Infinite Earths, Wally dropped the Kid Flash moniker and became the new Flash in Barry’s honor and continued even after Barry returned nearly 20 years later.
But how will Wally fit on the show? Well, it might be a little early pushing Barry into a mentor role when he’s only had his powers for a year, but it does show that the Flash is an inspiration and symbol of hope. Should Wally gain powers like he does in the comics, Barry would be entering a new role in his life with new responsibilities, similar to Oliver in training Roy in that other highly successful CW show.
But no matter what, with having Jay and Wally on The Flash season 2, the viewers are going to be the winners.
The Flash returns to Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. ET on The CW in October!
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