The Flash has his first supervillain lined up for season 2, and the actor behind the role should be a familiar face for wrestling fans.
Former WWE Superstar Adam Copeland a.k.a. Edge will portray Atom Smasher in the second season premiere of The Flash. The DC Universe incarnation of Atom Smasher (whose real name is Al Rothstein) was a hero and a member of the Justice Society of America, but his live-action counterpart on The Flash is decidedly unheroic.
The CW describes Atom Smasher as “”One of the most powerful enemies we encounter this season, [he] has come to Central City to kill The Flash. His incredible strength and ability to grow to enormous size makes him more than a match for Flash and the entire S.T.A.R. Labs team will have to come together to find a way to defeat him.”
Given the fact that The Flash Season 2 will be introducing Teddy Sears as the original Flash, Jay Garrick; it’s entirely possible that Atom Smasher will also be from an alternate Earth.
As Edge, Copeland was one of the most popular wrestlers on WWE’s roster before he retired due to injuries in 2011. Copeland has a recurring role on Syfy’s Haven as Dwight Hendrickson, and he has also appeared in Highlander: Endgame, Sanctuary, and Bending the Rules.
Earlier this week, The Flash creative team also lined up genre veteran Michael Ironside to play the father of Captain Cold in the third episode of the second season. The Comic-Con teaser video for The Flash also hinted that Zoom will make his debut on the series, which means that another major villain may be cast in the near future.
The Flash returns to The CW on Tuesday, October 6.
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