#Savitar is coming to wreak havoc on #TheFlash this season. Who is he? Why does he want to mess with the Flash? How does he fit into #DrAlchemy’s plan? As far as the show is concerned, I don’t have any official answers. As a long-time Flash comic reader, however, I can tell you a few things that the showrunners may pick from.
Savitar was a Cold War pilot flying an experimental supersonic jet that got struck by lightning, which gave him super speed. Presumably, the fighter pilot’s traditional cocky mentality is the reason he chose the name Savitar, which means "god of motion." He became a foil for the Wally West iteration of the Flash, possibly to give Wally a version of the Reverse Flash of his own.
1. The Dark Flash From The Comics Is Named Walter
In the most recent episode, HR referred to Wally as Walter. Given that he was referring to everyone by their full name, we can assume that Walter is his given name instead of Wallace, like in the comics. A throwaway line to the casual Flash fan, but to us hipsters, Walter was the name of an alternate version of Wally who lost someone he loved and decided to get a little tougher in his heroics. The Flash is known for taking the source material and playing with it a bit, which is refreshing to us older fans, as it can keep us guessing while using playful nods at the same time. If, in fact, Wally does turn out to be Savitar, using the name of his "darker" persona would be a nice nod to the source.
2. Wally Gets His Powers From Dr. Alchemy
In the preview for the next episode, Wally has been having dreams from the #Flashpoint timeline where he has powers just like all the others. It seems as though Wally will eventually succumb to his urges and seek out Alchemy to get his much-wanted powers. Check out the episode synopsis for "Shade" below:
WALLY HAS VISIONS OF BEING KID FLASH — When Wally (Keiynan Lonsdale) starts having dreams about being Kid Flash, Barry (Grant Gustin) realizes he has to tell Wally, Iris (Candice Patton) and Joe (Jesse L. Martin) about what happened to Wally in Flashpoint in order to keep him safe.
Ever since Wally found out the Jessie got powers in Season 2 when Barry jumpstarted his powers in the particle accelerator, he was wanted his own power set. The jumpstart itself was an homage to Flashpoint from the comics, but it is curious why Jessie would get powers and not Wally. At any rate, Wally is in definite want of speed and seems that he will do anything in order to get them. As with all other metas who have gone to Alchemy for their powers, Wally will (in all likelihood) be put in service to the villain. Alchemy already has a built-in cult for Savitar to take over, and it’s not out of the realm for Alchemy to dub his new speedster Savitar.
3. Savitar Has Yet To Be Cast
As of this writing, Savitar has yet to be cast. When Zoom was the heavy hitter for Season 2, Tony Todd was the last cast member announced, and even then, he simply played the voice only. Similarly, Tobin Bell was cast early as the voice of Dr. Alchemy, meaning that anyone can be under the mask. It’s Julian. I guarantee you it’s Julian. Having that said, we don’t even have a casting for Savitar in any form — voice or physical actor. Early photos made fans think that the Rival was Savitar; however, they were quickly whisked away. Could it be that there has been no casting because they already have a cast member in place for the role?
Grant Gustin said recently that we would be treated to Savitar’s first appearance, “really soon.” With no casting announcements and no publicity photos to ponder over, us fans can only speculate about a conclusion. This article is entirely speculation, as I am not affiliated with the show in anyway (damn it), nor do I have any type of journalistic inside info about the show (double damn it).
This season has paid more than its special homage to the Mark Waid run than its predecessors. Waid created Savitar and elevated Wally West to heights that Barry Allen could only dream of (at the time anyway). Wally and Savitar share many skills that other speedsters didn’t back then, and Wally wouldn’t feel forced to play a villain role as they have set it up quite nicely — a credit to the show writers for sure. We will simply have to wait and see.
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Can't wait for "Shade"? Here's a teaser: