We’re not sure what the hell DC is doing with their titles in regards to movies. They’re finally getting their shit together, but it’s taken a while. When it comes to TV, however, they seem to be doing pretty well. The pre-Batman saga Gotham looks like it could be damn good time, Arrow has been a big hit for the CW, and they’re hoping to piggyback on that success with by spinning off another beloved character in The Flash. The network has been hyping the show, and now their back with this new quick teaser, and they’ve announced another new cast member that gets us even more amped. The Kurgan himself, Clancy Brown, will play General Wade Eiling.
While this short video isn’t terribly exciting, it lays out the basic premise of the show and introduces the protagonist, Barry Allen (Grant Gustin), a scientist who gets struck by lightning and gets really, really fast and uses his newfound abilities to save people.
Here is the official synopsis:
After a particle accelerator causes a freak storm, CSI Investigator Barry Allen is struck by lightning and falls into a coma. Months later he awakens with the power of super speed, granting him the ability to move through Central City like an unseen guardian angel. Though initially excited by his newfound powers, Barry is shocked to discover he is not the only “meta-human” who was created in the wake of the accelerator explosion — and not everyone is using their new powers for good. Barry partners with S.T.A.R. Labs and dedicates his life to protect the innocent. For now, only a few close friends and associates know that Barry is literally the fastest man alive, but it won’t be long before the world learns what Barry Allen has become…The Flash.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that Brown will be joining The Flash starting in the fifth episode of the first season. This isn’t his first tour of duty with the DC universe, as he’s lent his gruff, sinister voice to Lex Luthor in various animated properties (he’s also served in the same capacity for a number of Marvel properties, as well).
Eiling first appeared in 1987 in the first issue of Captain Atom, and is closely linked to the origins of both that character and Major Force. Many aficionados, however, expect there to be some tweaks. Kelly Frye also recently joined the cast as the super villain Plastique, and the reigning theory is that the two will be in cahoots. He’s a military tactician with a nasty ruthless streak, and presents a formidable foe on his own, let alone working in tandem with Plastique. No matter what, Brown is great and a fantastic addition to any show or movie.
The Flash premieres on October 7.