Longtime readers of The Flash comics know that Atom Smasher has typically been one of the good guys. Born Albert Rothstein, he was the godson of Al Pratt, the original Atom of the Golden Age of comics before Ray Palmer took over the moniker, and grandson of supervillain Cyclotron.
But ComicBook.com has exclusively learned, and The CW has confirmed, that in the second season of The Flash, Atom Smasher is instead going to be one big baddie for Barry & Co. to handle. To that end, they've cast former WWE star and large man Adam "Edge" Copeland in the role. Did I mention he's going to be hard to handle? He's going to be hard to handle, said The CW rep:
One of the most powerful enemies we encounter this season, Atom Smasher has come to Central City to kill The Flash. His incredible strength and ability to grow to enormous size makes him more than a match for Flash and the entire S.T.A.R. Labs team will have to come together to find a way to defeat him.
So...if he's a good guy in the comics, how on earth with the TV show retcon his story and bring him in as a villain? The answer lies with executive producer Geoff Johns.
Non-comic book readers may not know that Johns is also a comic book writer and current Chief Creative Officer of DC Comics. During his time as a writer, he penned the JSA (Justice Society of America) storyline in which Atom Smasher briefly goes dark side, growing vengeful and obsessed in the wake of his mother's death. Eventually, he goes back in time to try and save her. With the particle accelerator explosion storyline carrying over and having repercussions for this upcoming season, it's reasonable to think this is what opens the door for Atom Smasher's entrance as a villain hellbent on revenge.
In any case, it will be a really interesting new dynamic to have a villain on this level in season 2. But what do you think? Do you love or hate the idea of Atom Smasher being a bad guy this season? Let me hear your thoughts in the comments.