As the DC Extended Universe continues to speed along, so too does the anticipation for the upcoming Flash movie. The Scarlet Speedster made cameo appearances this year in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice as well as Suicide Squad, but the character will not be receiving an initial debut until next year’s anticipated blockbuster: Justice League. After Flash teams up with the likes of Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, the character will finally get his own film in 2018 with director Rick Famuyiwa set to helm the blockbuster. The film is in early stages of its production, so it is anyone’s guess just what will happen in the 2018, but it never hurts to speculate.
Who Will Be Barry's Antagonist?
One of the big questions that surrounds The Flash is just who will be antagonizing Barry Allen in the upcoming films. Rumors have circled the web that Flash might be facing Captain Cold and the Rogues. However, it would not be surprising if the Flash would be going up against his arch enemy: Reverse Flash/Professor Zoom.
In the comics, Eobard Thawne was a scientist from the 25th century until he realized that he was destined to become the nemesis of The Flash. Since then, Zoom has appeared in several mediums, with the most recent being a recurring character in CW television series. Wherever this character appears, it only mean trouble for the Scarlet Speedster. So when it comes to Reverse Flash appearing in the DC Extended Universe I think there is a high possibility that the supervillain will be receiving a film debut.
When it comes to being antagonistic, Zoom is perhaps one of the best matches for Flash. While the hero has an array of villains, few in his rogues gallery can actually match Flash when it comes to abilities. That is where Reverse Flash comes in. Not only can Thawne match Barry in speed, but his intellect makes him a challenge for Flash as well. Zoom is not a challenge to Flash’s abilities, but there is also a strong relationship between the rivals that could work to the movie’s advantage.
In most Flash continuities, Thawne is responsible for murdering Barry’s mother, which actually helped Barry to become the Flash. Not only would the connection between Flash and Zoom add a sense of complexity to the movie, but it would be able to establish the right amount of drama between the two characters.
How Should The DCEU Utilize Zoom?
Zoom certainly has everything needed to be a strong supervillain for the silver screen, but the question remains just how should the DCEU utilize this speedster? There is no doubt in my mind that Reverse Flash would be a great villain for the 2018 movie, but should this villain be used Flash’s solo adventure? While nothing is confirmed, it would not be shocking for Flash to have his owns set of movies in the future.
If there are to be multiple Flash movies then perhaps the better move would be to built up Zoom gradually. Maybe the first film could introduce Eobard Thawne as a supporting character who either helps the movie’s antagonist or aids Barry. At the end of the film, Thawne then reveals his true colors, leading to an encounter between the speedsters in the sequel. While this move would be similar to the direction seen in Season 1 of The Flash, it could be just as beneficial for the movie if it does plan to built up the character of Zoom.
Since Thawne plays an intricate part in the story of Barry Allen, perhaps the best way to show Zoom’s relevance by having the villain in multiple films rather than just having one appearance. Plus, just to note, it is likely that the movie will refer to Thawne as Zoom in order to differentiate from his televised counterpart.
There is plenty of time between now and the release of The Flash, so it is anyone’s guess just who will be going up against the Scarlet Speedster. Yet, the Flash coming face to face with Zoom in the DCEU is not a matter of if, but when. Whether the characters appears in the 2018 film or in a future movie, I think that it is only a matter of time until Eobard Thawne zooms onto the silver screen.
You saw the Flash in the Justice League trailer, but I bet you might have missed some of the Easter Eggs hidden in that short appearance.
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