The CW’s “The Flash” has found its Accelerated Man in Sean Poague. Poague’s Accelerated Man will debut on February 28 in the episode “Attack on Central City,” the follow-up to “Attack on Gorilla City,” which saw Barry and crew helping Gorilla Grodd wrench control of the city from its ruler Solovar before fleeing home with an angry army of gorillas hot on their tail.
A new photo from the episode reveals the comic-accurate look of Poague’s Accelerated Man, who is a Speed Force Conduit and Earth-19’s version of the Flash. In the comics, Earth-19 is ruled by the 21st Century’s King George and has only just begun enjoying “electric technology.” As a Speed Force conduit in this strange dimension, Accelerated Man enjoys a massively increased heal rate, increased perception, the ability to phase through solid objects and, of course, super speed — basically, he’s the Flash.
Since Accelerated Man is another character connected to the Speed Force, the source of power for speed-based heroes, this could spell trouble for Central City’s denizens as well as this season’s frayed dimensional connectivity. While a connection to the Speed Force means super speed and durability, it can also mean both time and inter-dimensional travel.
While The CW seems to be working with a comic-book accurate depiction of Accelerated Man, the comic book history of the character is enough of a blank slate that his presence begs more questions than it offers answers. What does Earth-19’s version of the Flash want with Barry and crew, and why has he come to them now? Plus, what’s his connection to HR Wells, who also hails from Earth-19?
Airing Tuesday at 8 pm, the “Attack on Central City” episode of CW’s “The Flash” stars Grant Gustin as Barry Allen, Candice Patton as Iris West, Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow, Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon and Sean Poague as Accelerated Man.