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The Flash finished 2015 by pitting Barry Allen against Weather Wizard and Trickster, two of his greatest Rogues. The Scarlet Speedster is getting a respite for the rest of the holiday season, but when Season 2 resumes next month, he’ll be back in action protecting the innocent. In addition to Zoom and other established villains returning for more trouble, newer superpowered criminals will arrive to shake things up, including Justice Society of America villain Geomancer, who will literally accomplish that feat.
Played by actor Adam Stafford, Geomancer, a.k.a. Adam Fells, will antagonize Central City in Episodes 13 and 14, which will likely air in February. Described by Comicbook.com as a “dangerous meta-human with the unique ability to create earthquakes,” Fells will unleash his ability at different points around the city in order to draw out the Flash and see which one of them is more powerful in an epic showdown.
Not much is known about how Geomancer got his start in the comics, but he was first seen as a mercenary working for The Council, a global criminal organization. He later joined the iteration of the Injustice Society led by Johnny Sorrow, and in his last appearance, he died after Icicle attempted to free him from suspended animation. Another individual later succeeded Fells as Geomancer, but since the New 52 kicked off, neither version of the villain have been seen. For comic book fans trying to get a sense of what his powers will look like on the small screen, think along the lines of X-Men nemesis Avalanche or Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Daisy Johnson, a.k.a. Quake.
While Flash’s super speed gives him an advantage over most foes, Geomancer’s earthquake-creating ability is definitely one of the things that can throw Barry off his game. How can you run when the ground is literally shaking below you? It’s unclear whether Geomancer will be the main antagonist for both episodes or will just cameo in one of them, but it wouldn’t be unprecedented for the latter to occur. Previous antagonists like Girder and the Mark Mardon Weather Wizard wreaked havoc in their debut, but in the following episode, they weren’t seen for long. So if Geomancer’s main plot takes place in Episode 13, perhaps Flash will be able to quickly neutralize him in Episode 14.
Stafford’s only notable TV appearance was as Kevin Bradley in an episode of Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, so his appearance on The Flash will undoubtedly be a huge boon. He is the third new actor who’s been announced for the latter half of Season 2, preceded by Heroes Reborn’s Marco Grazzini, who’s playing fellow villain Tar Pit, and Truth be Told’s Tone Bell, who’s playing the Central City Picture News’ new editor Scott Evans.
The Flash will return with new episodes on Tuesday, January 19 at 8 p.m. EST on The CW.