The final moments of Season Two of the CW's hit tv show The Flash left us all reeling. Just when Barry's life finally seems to be calming down for once, he goes and rescues his mother from being murdered, thus royally messing up the timeline. Rip Hunter traveled as Doctor Who's companion for years and never messed up time once, but the guy from Glee broke the entire timeline in five minutes. Congratulations, Barry. You're an idiot. But, it's time to get excited because Season Three of The Flash is speeding to our screens in October, and just to get you hyped for it, here's the trailer!
We know Tom Felton has been cast as a series regular, (at least for this season) - here's his official character description.
“Julian Dorn, a fellow CSI at the Central City Police Department who suspects there’s more to Barry Allen than just his good guy reputation.”
Now, because Felton is incredible no matter what role he's playing, we know he'll give his all to his performance on The Flash. But, of course, that brings up a rather obvious question: who will this mysterious Julian Dorn be? Because, obviously, a workplace rival isn't enough in a superhero show. There have to be superpowers involved somewhere. Speculation on this new character is rife at the moment, ranging from the villainous and highly-anticipated Mirror Master to the more obscure villain already confirmed for Season Three, Doctor Alchemy. But I do not believe that Felton will be portraying either of these characters. Instead, I believe, (and have ever since Felton's casting announcement), that he will be portraying the character of Cobalt Blue.
Now, for those of you who are unfamiliar with Cobalt Blue, a brief rundown of the character is in order. Cobalt Blue was originally the twin brother of one Barry Allen. However, due to a doctor's error, the baby son of Charlene Thawne, who was in the same hospital, was killed. To cover up his mistake, the doctor switched Barry's twin with Charlene's dead baby and told the Allens that their other son had been stillborn. The other twin was taken home by the Thawnes, named Malcolm, and raised as their son. As an adult, Malcolm Thawne learns that he is Barry's twin by accident. He then confronts his adoptive parents and the doctor responsible for the coverup, who explain what really happened. In a fit of anger, Malcolm kills the doctor, then flees to his grandmother, who, seeing his passion, teaches him how to control "the blue flame". Malcolm creates a blue gem to contain it, one which has the ability to siphon the Flash's speed.
It's fairly unlikely that we're going to see this exact story play out in The Flash, because the show's writers have a tendency to play fast and loose with the comic book source material. That being said, here's why I believe that Tom Felton will be bringing the character of Cobalt Blue to the screen!
1) Tom Felton Looks Like the Comic Book Barry Allen
In the original DC comics, Barry Allen is pictured as having blonde hair, blue eyes, and a square chin. This description also matches Tom Felton - so given that he looks like Barry's twin, using him to portray Cobalt Blue would be the obvious choice.
2) It's Unlikely We'll Be Seeing Any DC: Rebirth Characters On TV Any Time Soon
In DC's new comic event, DC: Rebirth, there's a new evil speedster in Central City going by the name of Godspeed. But will Godspeed appear in Season 3 of The Flash? My answer is: don't hold your breath. DC: Rebirth, though already incredibly popular, is still new and controversial, so it's unlikely that DC would introduce a Rebirth villain to one of their already uber-successful television productions just yet. Does this mean we'll never see Godspeed on The Flash? Absolutely not. There's still a chance that he may appear as a villain in a later season, but there's not a whole lot of probability that he will pop up in the upcoming season.
3) According To the Actor, His Character Was Created When Barry Messed Up the Timeline
In a recent interview with Comicbook.com, Felton revealed two important things about his character. He revealed first of all that his character would have a villainous nature, but more importantly, he also told reporters...
"As far as I know, [my character] didn't exist in the previous timeline, so I'm glad that [Barry] has changed something, so now I'm alive!"
Which is an interesting concept when one recalls that in the current timeline, Barry is an only child. Barry's games with the timeline shouldn't really affect things that occurred before he was born, so that means there's no chance of Julian Dorn being Barry's evil twin, right? But what if Dorn is related to another character we know and love? That's right, I mean Eddie Thawne.
Just suppose that in the original timeline, Dorn is the twin of Eddie Thawne, and then when Barry screws everything up, he discovers that he is actually Barry's twin and not Eddie's. In the comics, discovering that he's been living a lie and his family aren't his blood relatives is key to Malcolm Thawne going over the edge. The "existence" that Felton referred to in his statement could be referring to the Cobalt Blue persona, rather than Malcolm Thawne himself. The character could still have existed, but not been a villain. So what if his new villainous nature is a direct result of Barry breaking the space/time continuum for the umpteenth time?
Cobalt Blue is a fabulous and criminally underrated character, and who better to rescue such a character from oblivion than Harry Potter veteran Tom Felton? I love the concept of Barry suddenly having an evil twin, if for no other reason than the fact that it's likely the closest we'll ever see him get to fighting himself.
But the real question is, what do YOU think? Who will Tom Felton be playing on The Flash? Comment below!