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The Flash is well into Season 3 and has already plowed through most of the villainous Rogues. Heatwave, Captain Cold, Mirror Master, the Top, Weather Wizard, Captain Boomerang, the Trickster, Golden Glider, Rainbow Raider and Pied Piper have arrived on The Flash, but there's one Rogue who still hasn't appeared yet: Abra Kadabra.

Abra Kadabra [Credit: DC Comics}
Abra Kadabra [Credit: DC Comics}

Well, the CW just cast the role and released an official character synopsis revealing which version of the 64th century villain we should expect to see. If you haven’t heard of this particular Rogue, don’t worry, because we are going to give you all the information you need to know about Abra Kadabra so you are ready for his debut on .

'Ant-Man' Actor David Dastmalchian Cast As Abra Kadabra

Ant-Man [Credit: Marvel Studios]
Ant-Man [Credit: Marvel Studios]

David Dastmalchian is a well-known character actor in the comic book TV/movie realm, with past roles in The Dark Knight, Ant-Man and Gotham. He will be playing Abra Kadabra on The Flash, and will be a tech-based supervillain from the future. The CW’s official character synopsis is as follows:

"a criminal from a distant future whose advanced technological powers seem like magic, the time-traveling Abra Kadabra (David Dastmalchian) holds a secret the Flash will stop at nothing to uncover."

Abra Kadabra Origins

Abra Kadabra [Credit: DC Comics}
Abra Kadabra [Credit: DC Comics}

Abra Kadabra made his debut in The Flash #128 in 1962. Citizen Abra was from the 64th century and he was obsessed with the magicians of old, but unfortunately, advancements in technology made stage magic obsolete. Abra decided that he wanted to travel to a time when a magician could thrive, so he stole a time machine and traveled back to the 21st century.

Once Citizen Abra arrived, he took the stage name Abra Kadabra, and used a hypnosis device to force people to immediately stop everything they were doing and clap for him. The Flash battled Kadabra several times, and on one occasion Kadabra managed to turn Flash into a puppet that he used during one of his shows.

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Abra Kadabra was originally a tech-based villain, and had a large arsenal of future-tech at his disposal. In later storylines, he was given abilities by the Green Lantern villain Neron, which made him one of the most powerful sorcerers alive. Kadabra is a long-standing member of the Rogues, and holds a grudge against Wally West — he once erased Wally’s fiancé Linda Park from existence.

How Will Abra Kadabra Fit In On 'The Flash'?

The Flash [Credit: The CW]
The Flash [Credit: The CW]

The Flash's version of Abra Kadabra will follow in the footsteps of fellow Rogues Captain Cold and Heatwave — meaning that he won't have superpowers, but instead, he will rely on superior technology to combat our heroes. Although Kadabra does not have powers, he is still a formidable opponent, and his technology is unlike anything Team Flash has encountered. If Team Flash can capture some of his tech, it may help them in future battles with Savitar in some way (and they can use all the help they can get).

We have descriptions for every episode up to Season 3 Episode 17, none of which say mention anything about Abra Kadabra, so he will likely appear in one the last few episodes of the season — most likely to be a "villain of the week.” Hopefully he won’t be a one-off villain and will pop up again if the CW ever does a big Rogues team-up.

There was speculation for awhile that H.R. could be Abra Kadabra based off the face-changing tech he used in the episode "Shade"; however, now that Kadabra is cast, that theory seems to be debunked; H.R. could still be Earth-19’s version of the character, but that seems highly unlikely.

Check out the trailer for The Flash Season 3 Episode 15, "The Wrath of Savitar" below:

David Dastmalchian is a great character actor and is a perfect choice to bring Abra Kadabra to life. We don’t know what impact Kadabra will have on The Flash, but the show is saving him for the end of the season for a specific reason — most “villains of the week” are burned off earlier in the season.

Whatever the case, I’m sure the show will do the character justice and really showcase the power of Abra Kadabra. You can catch The Flash on Tuesdays 8PM/ET on the CW.

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[Source: DC Comics]


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