DC Comics’ “The Flash” has been a franchise associated with legacy characters for the better part of 40 years, but for the new CW TV series, the first legacy added to the show will be more villainous than heroic.
ComicBook.com has a report up that the network has cast actor Devon Graye in the role of the second Trickster Axel Walker. Created by DC CCO Geoff Johns and artist Scott Kolins during their original run on “The Flash,” Walker was an upstart member of the Rogues who took on the identity from “gone legit” villain Jesse James (created in the Silver Age by John Broome and Carmine Infantino) when he stole the original’s Trickster gadgets.
The CW previously announced that actor Mark Hamill would play the Jesse James take on the character – a role he originated for the 1990 Flash TV drama – in the series’ 17th episode. The logline for that show noted that Hamill’s Trickster would be an imprisoned villain teaming with authorities to stop a wannabe copycat. Graye’s casting certainly fits the bill.
Best known for his role as a young Dexter Morgan in Showtime’s long-running serial killer show “Dexter,” Graye has recently made a run of TV guest spots including series like “American Horror Story” and “The Mentalist.”
“The Flash” airs Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m. on The CW and returns with new episodes next week.