Executive producer Andrew Kreisberg revealed that Black Flash–the demonic being that Hunter Zolomon/Zoom (Teddy Sears) was transformed into by the Time Wraiths in the season two finale–will return on multiple DC Comics shows this season.
“Yes we will [see Black Flash again],” Kreisberg told Nerdist along with a small group of reporters at the 2017 Winter Television Critics Association press tour. “I will say that we might be seeing him on multiple shows.”
Does that mean that Sears will be back to reprise his role as the speedster villain? “Not necessarily,” Kreisberg said. “I am not sure. Teddy’s pretty busy with 24[: Legacy].”
In the comics, Black Flash is a grim reaper-like entity that sends speedsters back into the Speed Force when they die. He’s not a villain, but he does serve a “villainous” purpose of killing speedsters. And Kreisberg added that “he will serve the classic comic book grim reaper aspect” on the shows he’ll appear on.
“He’s a classic character,” Kreisberg said when asked why the Black Flash is returning now. “We have storylines on multiple shows that fit having him return and there’s something so scary about him, even scarier than when he was just a man. He is the grim reaper. He is like the devil. How do you stop the devil? It presents an interesting challenge for the heroes of the respective shows in which he appears.”
And while Kreisberg and the rest of the CW/DC showrunners aren’t pulling from any specific run in the comic books when it comes to Black Flash, he said that Black Flash’s role “is more specific to the shows themselves.”
As of right now, both The Flash and Arrow are dealing with major character deaths. The Flash just revealed a glimpse into the future that showed that Iris West (Candice Patton) will be killed by the speedster god Savitar right in front of Barry Allen (Grant Gustin), while Arrow saw the surprise return of Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy) in the midseason finale after her controversial death last season. However, it hasn’t been confirmed yet whether or not that is actually Laurel, or her Earth-2 doppelganger Black Siren.
But that wasn’t all that the DC team decided to reveal at The CW’s TCA panels. Executive producer Greg Berlanti–while promoting his new series Riverdale–also revealed the villain for the upcoming The Flash/Supergirl musical crossover!
“It is going to be the Music Meister,” Berlanti said. “We’re finishing writing the script this weekend. We haven’t gone about casting it yet.”
Are you nervous about what the Black Flash’s return means for the DC TV universe? Which shows besides The Flash do you think he’ll appear on? What do you think of the Music Meister as the villain for the musical crossover? Tweet me your thoughts, predictions and worries at @SydneyBucksbaum!
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The Flash returns Tuesday, January 24 at 8 p.m. on The CW.