A lot remains unknown about “The Flash” season two villain Zoom, but now viewers at least have an idea of how he’ll sound. Variety reported Monday that horror movie veteran Tony Todd has been cast as the voice of Zoom, though it appears he’s not physically portraying the villain.
“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,” “Flash” executive producer Andrew Kreisberg told Variety. “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.”
At first, that appears similar to the first season’s Reverse-Flash mystery — but while that antagonist was shown to be Harrison Wells (well, sort of) relatively early into the show’s run, it looks like Zoom revelations will play out for a longer period. In the Variety article, Kreisberg said it’s “like a horror movie — ‘Who’s the killer? Who’s under the mask?'”
All of that sounds like a departure from the character’s comic book origins, where Zoom was police officer Hunter Zolomon, as created by “Flash” executive producer and DC Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns and artist Scott Kolins. “Hopefully comic book fans will be happy because we’ve come up with a clever way to spin the tale, but that also makes it exciting for the people who aren’t as familiar with the comics and are just enjoying the show on its own terms,” Kreisberg said.
Todd starred as the title character in three films in the “Candyman” franchise, and also appeared in the lead role of 1980’s “Night of the Living Dead.” In recent years, he’s voiced Darkseid in multiple “LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes” animated productions, and voiced Milestone hero Icon in “Young Justice.”
“The Flash” season two is scheduled to debut Oct. 6 on The CW.
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