Todd Lasance Cast as The Rival on The Flash

According to TV Line, Todd Lasance (The Vampire Diaries) has been cast as The Rival, as a recurring villain role for season 3 of The Flash.
Even though Lasance will be featured as a recurring villain, there’s no mention of his origin name. While he is originally Edward Clariss in the Golden Age comics and reappearance in the early 2000’s, during the Flashpoint story-line, he does take over the body of Golden Age speedster Max Mercury, which could hint at another twist for the audience, like we had in both previous seasons.

In the comics, The Rival is a Speedster akin to Reverse Flash from the Golden Age era, when Jay Garrick was the current version of The Flash. Edward Clariss becomes The Rival after hearing how The Flash gave his speed to another and being rejected when he presented his findings to the scientific community, his formula as he dubs Velocity 9, was shown in an earlier form in season 2 of The Flash as Velocity 6.

The Rival returned years later after Jay Garrick’s The Flash was established as being on Earth 2 where he becomes a member of the Injustice League, after the Justice Society of America is reformed.



Eric Curto

Eric Curto

My name is Eric and I am loving this current comic book boom, I was around for the first one with Superman: The Movie, Supergirl(being the first female and crossover film) and Batman and have been enjoying the resurgence since Blade. Can't express how much I cannot wait for WB & DC to take back the film universe but until than I love the TV shows we have gotten. I only started reading comics about 10 years ago but am connected more to DC over Marvel or any other major company. If you wanna chat feel free to contact me
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