Savitar, the mighty new speedster and self-proclaimed "god of speed" that has been terrorizing The Flash's Central City as the primary Season 3 antagonist is clearly a force to be reckoned with. However, that leads to a very obvious question: Is Savitar actually what he claims to be? Is he an actual demigod? Is he a monstrous creature from some forgotten age who just happens to have speed powers? Or, is he actually just a man in armor with a god complex and delusions of grandeur? We're going to investigate each of these possibilities, so without further ado, let's jump into it!
Savitr Versus Savitar
Savitr is the Hindu deity of motion, and, unlike his comic book counterpart, is a beneficent deity who acts as a protector to all living things. Savitar (the #Flash villain) clearly has no such interests in mind. Thus, it seems relatively clear that although Savitar likely drew inspiration from Savitr, he obviously is not speed incarnate as his godlike counterpart is.
Savitar: A Literal Speed Demon?
Is it possible that Savitar is actually a literal speed demon, some mythical creature from a forgotten age who has the ability to move at incredible speeds? Sure, it's possible. It's also possible that Steve Rogers is going to become War Machine. In other words, it's possible, but it's not very likely. The only reasonable solution, then, is that Savitar is a human being with some awesome-looking armor and a seriously demented god complex.
Savitar, God Of Spiky Armor
Now, when I first saw Savitar, I took him to be an actual monster. I then realized that for a while, Zoom appeared to be an actual monster, but turned out to be just a man in a suit, so it makes sense that Savitar is as well. That brings up the obvious question: Who is under that armor? We're going to look at some possibilities, but first, let's explore what all of Flash's season-arching antagonists have in common.
1. The Villain Is Usually Someone Team Flash Has Some Connection To
Back in Season 1, Reverse Flash turned out to be Harrison Wells, *cough* I mean Eobard Thawne, (disguised as Harrison Wells). The point is, Thawne developed a relationship with Team Flash before ultimately revealing that he was playing them for his own ends. Likewise, in Season 2, Jay Garrick discloses that he is actually Hunter Zolomon, a.k.a. Zoom, who in his disguise as "Jay," also weaseled his way into Team Flash's confidence.
2. The Villain Is Almost Always From Whatever 'New' Earth Has Been Introduced In The Current Season
In Season 1, Eobard Thawne came from the future, which, though technically not a different Earth, means he wasn't from Barry's usual stomping grounds. Season 2 introduced us to the concept of multiple Earths in dramatic fashion with the arrival of Zoom, who, you guessed it, just happened to be from Earth-2. Now, in Season 3, it hasn't been revealed which Earth Savitar calls home, but based on previous seasons, it's a safe bet he's from Earth-19, as is a certain H.R. Wells, (more on that in a minute) and this could have an impact on Savitar's identity.
3. The Villain Is Always Connected To Wells
It's interesting to note at this point that although the show is very much Barry's story, the central character has always been Wells. In Season 1, Thawne (in disguise as Wells) acted as Barry's mentor, and actual Season 1 Wells was Barry's idol, (and arguably one of his inspirations to become a forensic analyst in the first place). In Season 2, Wells comes to Earth-1 to recruit Team Flash for his effort to stop Zoom, which brings to mind the fact that unlike his Earth-1 counterpart, he intentionally created Zoom. No matter how we slice it, things always come back to Wells. (Am I the only one who thinks Tom Cavanagh deserves an Emmy for this role? Let's face it— it's not an easy part, but he's pretty amazing at it regardless.)
Now, taking all of the above factors into consideration greatly narrows down the list of potential identities for Savitar, but doesn't immediately spell out who. So, let's take a closer look at who could be lurking under that Savitar armor.
Theory 1: Earth-1 Ronnie Raymond
Now, let me start by saying I don't believe this theory to be the case, but I figured I'd include it as a "wild card." The premise is: Following the separation of Ronnie and Professor Martin Stein's Firestorm inside the singularity back at the end of Season 1, Ronnie, who mysteriously vanished, (though his partner Stein did not), somehow got sucked into the singularity and crash-landed on Earth-19 with no memory of who he was or how he got there.
Clearly, however, there are several flaws in the theory of Earth-1's Ronnie being Savitar, the most obvious being the fact that Ronnie is not a speedster. The second problem is that there is no explanation for how he could have suddenly gotten an altogether different powerset than that which he possessed on our Earth. The third problem is, even if he did get stranded on another Earth, he'd have to locate a suitable bonding partner (as Professor Stein did with Jefferson Jackson), or else risk the Firestorm Matrix in his cells destabilizing, resulting in his death.
Now, while Robbie Amell did in fact confirm that he was going to return in the back half of The Flash Season 3, that doesn't necessarily confirm that the Ronnie we'll see is the same Ronnie from Season 1. It could be Season 1 Ronnie with amnesia caused by the singularity, or it could be Earth-19's Ronnie. One thing we can be sure of: It will assuredly not be Ronnie's Earth-2 counterpart, Deathstorm, who was killed by Zoom in Season 2.
Theory 2: Earth-19 Eddie Thawne
We haven't really heard much from Reverse Flash's ancestor, Eddie Thawne, since his self-inflicted untimely demise back in Season 1 that erased Eobard Thawne from existence and delivered Barry from his mother's killer. The character did not make an appearance in Season 2, much to the chagrin of many fans, (myself included!), but the actor who portrays him, Rick Cosnett, took to Twitter to announce that Eddie would again return to grace our screens in Season 3.
Now, here again, we run into similar problems as we did in the previous section. We've effectively eliminated Earth-1 Eddie as a candidate, but since there appears to be some Earth-19 traffic running about lately, it's not unlikely that this incarnation of Eddie will hail from the planet of H.R. Wells. However, just because he's reappearing (even if this version is from Earth-19), doesn't necessarily mean he's automatically the guy running around dressed like a mutated Shredder/Ultron hybrid. The reason that we can't assume Eddie is behind the Savitar armor? A leaked set picture of what appears to be Earth-19's own Flash, a.k.a., The Accelerated Man.
Little is known about Earth-19's resident speedster, but from the looks of some leaked set photos, we're going to learn all there is to know about him sooner than we might think. It would seem that either Barry and the gang are headed to Earth-19 or else the Accelerated Man is coming to Earth-1. Now, does all this mean that Earth-19's Eddie is the Accelerated Man? Not at all. However, it's interesting that the first leaked photos of the Accelerated Man in costume on set just happened to hit the internet the same day as a certain actor's announcement that he would be returning to the show.
Theory 3: Randolf Morgan
Now, if you haven't already tuned out H.R. Wells, you'll notice that he often refers to his partner, Randolf Morgan, the scientist who runs S.T.A.R. Labs back on Earth-19. There's an episode where he uses holographic technology to transform himself into the man seen above, which he explains is a likeness of his partner. At first, when H.R. mentioned his partner, I was just like, "Yeah, whatever," but as the season progressed and he was mentioned with much more frequency, I became convinced we'd meet the real Randolf Morgan sooner or later. Then, when H.R. pulled his holographic disguise technique, I knew Randolf Morgan's appearance in the (not-holographic) flesh couldn't be far behind.
Now, Morgan hasn't actually appeared on the show as of yet, but the evidence that he will is growing with each passing episode. It's my theory that this is the man lurking behind the Savitar armor, as he ticks all the boxes of previous CW Flash villains. He's connected to Team Flash (albeit indirectly), he's from the Earth most recently introduced on the show, he has connections to the current incarnation of Wells, and he's the last person you'd expect Savitar to be.
[Savitr image above via TommyBishop.com]
But the REAL question is, who do YOU think Savitar is? Comment below!