According to Variety, Tony Todd has been cast as the voice of Zoom, the next major villain in The Flash, which is great news as he is a great actor. However, seeing as he is just the voice they may keep the actor behind the mask a secret, much like they did with the true Eobard Thawne look until right before he appeared.
Andrew Kreisberg on Reverse Flash and casting Tony Todd as Zoom:
“Last year, with the Reverse-Flash, we just modulated Tom Cavanagh’s voice, and this year we wanted to do something a little bit different,” executive producer Andrew Kreisberg tells Variety. “Part of the mystery of the season is who or what is underneath the Zoom outfit, and so we wanted to do something like James Earl Jones as Darth Vader — this iconic voice coming out of this mask. Last year, we thought of the Reverse-Flash as a speed warrior; this year, Zoom is like a speed demon, and no one does demon-voice better than Tony Todd.”
On the Zoom outfit and how it fits on him:
Kreisberg compares Zoom’s appearance to Venom in Marvel’s Spider-Man, revealing, “The Zoom outfit is much more organic than the Reverse-Flash suit. In a way, it’s hard to tell if it is a suit or alive… There’s no skin showing, for all you know there’s a robot underneath, or dark energy.”
On when we may see the man behind the mask:
Unlike last season, which revealed that Cavanagh’s Harrison Wells (or, more accurately, Eobard Thawne) was the Reverse-Flash fairly early on, Kreisberg says the producers intend to draw out the mystery of Zoom “like a horror movie — ‘who’s the killer? Who’s under the mask?’”
What drives Zoom’s motivations:
As for what’s driving Zoom, Kreisberg teases, “For us, the best villains are the ones who don’t have megalomaniacal ‘I want to rule the world’ motivations. Last year, the Reverse-Flash had a very simple goal which was, ‘I just want to go home, and if people need to die or cities need to get wasted for me to get that, so be it.’ And Zoom has a very similar, personal goal this season… simple and easy to understand, and very primal. And just as with Wells last year, Zoom doesn’t care who gets hurt or what gets destroyed in the service of him getting his goal.”
For more information from Andrew Kreisberg head on over to Variety.
Tony Todd has played in the DC Television World before, in the Season 1 episode of Smallville titled “Jitters“ in which he played Earl Jenkins, an employee of LuthorCorp who was exposed by Kryptonite and began to exhibit tremors which would cause minor earthquakes as well his attempts to uncover the truth.
Tony Todd also voiced Darkseid on “Lego DC Comics Super Heroes” video games, Icon on “Young Justice,” and Asteroth on “Batman: The Brave and the Bold”.
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