During The Flash's Comic-Con panel last month, the show's producers confirmed that the main villain in Season 2 will be Zoom, who is said to be faster than both Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) and Reverse Flash (Tom Cavanagh). Today, Variety reports that the villainous Zoom character will be voiced by Tony Todd. Much like last season's Reverse Flash mystery, part of Season 2's story line is exploring who is actually in the Zoom suit. Here's what executive producer Andrew Kreisberg had to say about bringing in Tony Todd to provide Zoom's voice.
"Last year, with the Reverse-Flash, we just modulated Tom Cavanagh's voice, and this year we wanted to do something a little bit different. 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. 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."
Zoom will make his debut in the second episode of The Flash Season 2, entitled Flash of Two Worlds, airing Tuesday, October 13 on The CW. This is the first we've heard of the second episode's title, an homage to an iconic comic book that featured both Barry Allen and Jay Garrick, the first character from the comics to become The Flash. Since the Flash of Two Worlds comic book cover was re-created in a recent poster, featuring both Grant Gustin and Teddy Sears, it seems likely this episode will be the first time we see Jay Garrick. When asked about Zoom's suit, Andrew Kreisberg compared it to Venom from the Spider-Man comics.
"The Zoom outfit is much more organic than the Reverse-Flash suit. In a way, it's hard to tell if it is a suit or alive. There's no skin showing, for all you know there's a robot underneath, or dark energy."
In The Flash Season 1, fans discovered quite early that Harrison Wells was in fact Reverse-Flash, but this year, the mystery will last much longer, comparing it to a horror movie's final reveal of the true killer. While fans won't learn Zoom's true identity right away, the villain's motivation for his evil ways will be quite similar to Reverse-Flash. Here's what Andrew Kreisberg had to say.
"For us, the best villains are the ones who don't have megalomaniacal 'I want to rule the world' motivations. Last year, the Reverse-Flash had a very simple goal which was 'I just want to go home, and if people need to die or cities need to get wasted for me to get that, so be it.' And Zoom has a very similar, personal goal this season. simple and easy to understand, and very primal. And just as with Wells last year, Zoom doesn't care who gets hurt or what gets destroyed in the service of him getting his goal."
Tony Todd is just the latest new addition to the Season 2 cast, joining Keiynan Lonsdale as Wally West, Michael Ironside playing Lewis Snart, Shantel VanSanten as Patty Spivot, former WWE Superstar Adam Copeland, a.k.a. Edge playing Atom Smasher, Violett Beane as Jesse Quick and Demore Barnes as Henry Hewitt. The show will also feature two characters from the midseason series DC's Legends of Tomorrow, Falk Hentschel's Hawkman and Casper Crump's Vandall Savage. Tony Todd has previously voiced DC villains before, providing the voice of Darkseid in LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League Vs. Bizarro League. What do you think of the actor lending his voice to Zoom in The Flash?