ByMichael Patterson, writer at Creators.co
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It's no secret that this year is set to be a big one for our favorite fictional apes — the Eighth Wonder of the World returns to the big screen in Kong: Skull Island, and the treacherous Grodd is returning to 's The Flash in a thrilling two-parter set in Gorilla City. But let's not forget about Grodd's nemesis, who is making his official debut in the same episode — the almighty Solovar. And now, after weeks of speculation, we have our first official look at the beloved gorilla.

Solovar makes his terrifying debut on "The Flash" in Gorilla City. [Credit: The CW]
Solovar makes his terrifying debut on "The Flash" in Gorilla City. [Credit: The CW]

Now, I don't know about you but I certainly wouldn't want to find myself in this gorilla's bad books! Much like they did with Grodd, it seems like the effects team on the TV series has done a remarkable job of bringing Solovar to life.

Just like in the comics, his fur is completely white — a contrast to Grodd's black. But we can't quite see he's sporting his iconic white goatee. However, the facial expression alone just proves that this ape isn't going to be taking Grodd's attitude — or The Flash's invasion — lightly.

What Role Will Solovar Play?

For anyone unfamiliar with the source material, in DC Comics mythology Solovar is the hyper-intelligent leader of Gorilla City, renowned for his great wisdom and psychic abilities. Unlike Grodd, he does not have evil intentions and is looked upon as a wise but vigilant character.

The Flash takes on Solovar in Gorilla City. [Credit: The CW]
The Flash takes on Solovar in Gorilla City. [Credit: The CW]

Their friendship in the comics is a stark contrast to the second image of the TV series' adaptation. From what we can make out, it appears as though The Flash and Solovar aren't going to have as loving of a relationship and just might end up coming to blows. Why this scene happens is something we will have to wait and find out, however it's likely down to the fact that the wise old ape is wary of the strange visitors.

Solovar's relationship with Grodd is something that has been well documented over the years, so it's likely that this will translate to the series as well. Whether it's personal or just plain monkey business, you can bet that these two gargantuan forces will collide.

Solovar in "Justice League." [Credit: Warner Bros.]
Solovar in "Justice League." [Credit: Warner Bros.]

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Grodd Vs. Solovar: Dawn Of Gorilla City

From The Flash's first namedrop of Grodd all the way back in 2014, we have all wondered if we would see further exploration of the DC Comics gorilla population. And now here we are about to venture into the iconic Gorilla City and meet Solovar for the very first time. While you can bet that we will see an abundance of apes, there's one more sight we need to see — Solovar vs. Grodd.

He is Grodd, and he is back...and he ain't happy. [Credit: The CW]
He is Grodd, and he is back...and he ain't happy. [Credit: The CW]

These two have a storied rivalry that can be traced back decades in the comic books, and while we have seen it masterfully portrayed in animation, this is the first time we have seen the two characters in live-action. Thus, it's imperative that they not only come face to face, but engage each other in combat. Grodd has always had a desire to be the world's most intelligent gorilla and will undoubtedly feel threatened by Solovar's presence, while the wise white ape won't take too kindly to Grodd's attitude. I just can't wait to see them fight it out. It'll be like Kong vs...em, well...Kong.

Could we see a battle of the apes on TV in "The Flash"? [Credit: DC Comics]
Could we see a battle of the apes on TV in "The Flash"? [Credit: DC Comics]

With the Gorilla City two-parter of The Flash coming up, we now have a glimpse of the terrifying Solovar to heighten our anticipation. As our favorite travel dimensions back to Earth-2 they will find themselves confronted by not one, not two but a city of gorillas. But the question is — are they alone in their fight against Grodd, or will a certain majestic bearded gorilla provide any assistance?

Grodd and Solovar have been each other's nemesis in some of the most iconic comic book storylines, and now to see the two of them in the same episode of The Flash will certainly be an awe-inspiring sight. He is Solovar, and he has arrived!

Grodd takes no prisoners....except maybe this one time.
Grodd takes no prisoners....except maybe this one time.

What do you think of Solovar's appearance? Let us know in the comments below!

(Source: ComicBook.com)


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