A New Villain or Three
Kid Flash won't be the only new speedster in Season 3 -- Savitar will also be making his live-action debut. Created in 1995's "The Flash" #108 by Mark Waid and Oscar Jimenez, the villain was central in the fan-favorite "Dead Heat" arc and went on to appear in Geoff Johns and Ethan Van Sciver's "Flash: Rebirth."
Though no casting has been announced for the character, Savitar will battle Barry Allen at some point in the show's third season. In the comics, Savitar was a Cold War-era pilot from a third-world nation whose plane was struck by lightning, giving him super-speed and a strong connection to the Speed Force. Naming himself after Savitr, the Hindu god of motion, the character studied elements of the Speed Force that were unknown to other speedsters at the time, eventually forming his own cult. Savitar developed the ability to create a force field, regenerate and transfer speed to other objects and people.
"Savitar is more of a psychological villain in a weird way," Todd Helbing said of the character. "I think the Hindu word for Savitar means God of Speed; he's all about speed. Everything about this guy is different. I can't go into super detail, but he's not like Zoom or Reverse Flash."
While Savitar will appear later on down the line, another speedster villain will be waiting for Flash when Season 3 opens. "Vampire Diaries" star Todd Lasance's the Rival will arrive in Central City just in time for the season premiere. In the comics, the Rival was Jay Garrick's dark mirror. His true name is Dr. Edward Clariss, and he was once a professor at Garrick's university. He attempted to recreate Velocity 9, the formula that gave Garrick his speed, and was somewhat successful; however, his formula has a cap to it and eventually runs out, so that he must continually take a dose in order to maintain his speed. Eventually, the Rival becomes pure speed force.
Initially, Lasance was reported to have been cast as Savitar, one of two "big bads" in "The Flash's" third season; however, executive producer Greg Berlanti quickly shut that rumor down on Twitter. Lascance will, then, likely play the black-clad speedster spied in "The Flash" Season 3 sizzle reel that debuted at Comic-Con International in San Diego.
This season will feature a "Flash" first: a non-speedster antagonist. At "The Flash's" San Diego Comic-Con panel, it was revealed that classic DC Comics villain -- and non-speedster -- Doctor Alchemy will be making his villainous debut this season.
"We're doing two big bads. One is a speedster, and the other is Doctor Alchemy," Todd Helbing explained.
In the comics, Doctor Alchemy is a scientist with multiple personality disorder who harnesses the ability of transmutation -- kind of like Firestorm -- using it to wreak havoc on humanity. He's made appearances on various DC Comics-based animated series, and most recently showed up in Geoff Johns, Doug Mahnke and Ivan Reis' "Justice League" #30.
As revealed in the same panel, Tobin Bell -- the voice of Jigsaw from the "Saw" films -- will voice one of these villains, though it's not clear which villain that will be at this time.