SPOILER WARNING: This article contains major spoilers for “Abra Kadabra,” the latest episode of “The Flash.”
“The Flash” may have just revealed its Season 4. In “Abra Kadabra,” the latest episode, the titular time travelling magician arrived from the future and wreaked a little havoc on Central City. During his brief stay, he rattled off a few of Barry’s enemies, but one name in particular stood out: DeVoe.
Of course, one of the reasons DeVoe stands out is because Barry hasn’t yet encountered anyone by that name. However, it’s a name that will be familiar to comic book fans. A villain called Clifford DeVoe has been around since the 1940s, but “Flash” fans will likely know him by another name: Thinker.
Debuting in 1943’s “All-Star Flash” #12, DeVoe was a failed lawyer who turned to crime when he realized that his criminal clients had skills, but not smarts. This being the case, he became the brains of the operation for multiple career criminals. Using device called the Thinking Cap, DeVoe can also project mental force and occasionally control other technology. Other incarnations of the Thinker have surfaced over the years, including Clifford “Cliff” Carmichael and Des Connor, so it’s possible that “The Flash” will combine these different versions into one character.
While Barry has come up against many one-week villains, Abra Kadabra’s delivery suggests that DeVoe will stick around. When Abra Kadabra named Barry’s greatest villains, he only brought up season-long antagonists, including Reverse Flash and Zoom. Since Abra Kadabra lumped DeVoe together with Reverse Flash and Zoom, it seems he will be a formidable villain for Team Flash.
What’s more, in having DeVoe as the big bad of Season 4, executive producer Andrew Kreisberg would make good on a promise he delivered at PaleyFest. “Next season we’re not going to have a speedster [as the villain],” he revealed during a panel about “The Flash,” “Arrow,” “Supergirl” and “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.” Seeing as he is an ordinary man with extraordinary technology, Thinker would more than fulfill this requirement.
Starring Grant Gustin as the Scarlet Speedster, “The Flash” airs Tuesdays at 8 pm ET/PT on The CW. The series also stars Jesse L. Martin, Tom Cavanagh, Carlos Valdes, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Keiynan Lonsdale and more.