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DC Comics’ Solovar Arrives In Flash’s Two-Part Gorilla City Story

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DC Comics’ Solovar Arrives In Flash’s Two-Part Gorilla City Story

Plenty of news has come out of the CW’s presentation during the Television Critics Association winter press tour. We’ve learned that all four of the CW’s DC superhero shows (“Arrow,” “Flash,” “Supergirl” and “Legends of Tomorrow”) have been renewed for another season. We now know the foe of the upcoming “Flash”/”Supergirl” musical crossover, and have learned that Black Flash is coming back.

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Now, as reported by TV Line, we know that “The Flash” is taking a trip to Gorilla City in episodes 13 and 14 of season three. The series will also introduce a new telepathic gorilla straight from the comics, Solovar. Keith David will provide the voice of Solovar in the Gorilla Grodd-centric two-parter. David is a film and television veteran with a career spanning decades. His most recent work includes the feature film “The Nice Guys,” the television series “Community” and voice work on “Adventure Time.” He has also appeared in “The Thing,” “Pitch Black,” “Barbershop,” “Platoon” and more.

Executive producer Andrew Kreisberg announced the return of Grodd and Gorilla City during a presentation at the TCAs. Kreisberg also revealed that the two-parter will span multiple Earths. “One of the episodes will take place in Gorilla City [on Earth-2], and one of them will take place on Earth-1.”

In the comics, Solovar — a psychic gorilla like Grodd — is the leader of Gorilla City. Under his rule, Gorilla City became a technological wonder. Solovar’s involvement in “The Flash’s” Grodd/Gorilla City two-parter makes sense considering that Solovar is Grodd’s main rival (other than the Scarlet Speedster) in the comics.

“The Flash” returns from its winter hiatus on January 24 with an episode titled “Borrowing Problems From the Future.” While an official date has not yet been set for the Grodd two-parter, it will likely air in late February or early March. The upcoming stretch of episodes will see Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) race to prevent Iris’ (Candice Patton) death at the hands of Savitar, an event that will unfold in the near future unless he stops it from coming to pass. But before then, he’ll have to deal with trouble in the Gorilla Cities of two Earths.

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.

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