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The Flash Season 2’s main antagonist Zoom has been described by the show runners as terrifying and demonic, and now we know why. Following the return of the Scarlet Speedster’s show earlier this week, we now have a taste of what Barry Allen’s new nemesis will look and sound like, and yes, he is indeed frightening!
This brief promo gives our first taste of the evil speedster, voiced by Candyman star Tony Todd. Taking Sand Demon through one of the 52 dimensional breaches leading to The Flash’s main world, he tells the villain for next week’s episode that if he wants to go home, he’ll need to kill the Flash. Todd is a veteran of the horror genre, and now it makes sense why he’s voicing the evildoer. He truly sounds like some kind of demon from a hellish dimension. Appearance-wise, Zoom certainly doesn’t look like a normal human, but rather a freakish energy being!
What Zoom has in store on The Flash is still a mystery, but he’s already setting himself apart from last season’s big bad Eobard Thawne, a.k.a. the Reverse-Flash. Eobard was certainly a bad guy, but his end goal was just to go back home. Zoom, on the other hand, is said to have much more sinister motives. He just wants to kill the Flash and amass more power.
Although viewers didn’t see him, Zoom was mentioned in the Season 2 premiere “The Man Who Saved Central City.” He was the one who sent Atom Smasher to kill Flash, and in return, Zoom would have sent the size-growing metahuman back to Earth 2 (or so he said). In another promo for “Flash of Two Worlds,” we hear Jay Garrick, the Flash from Earth 2, telling the S.T.A.R. Labs team that Zoom killed a lot people on his world, so the speedster isn’t a newbie to being evil.
The Zoom from the comics (not Professor Zoom, which is another one of Eobard’s identities) is Hunter Zolomon, a friend of Wally West’s. Hunter was crippled in an accident, but after Wally refused to use the Cosmic Treadmill to go back in time and prevent the accident, Hunter broke into the Flash Museum to try to use the Treadmill himself. There was an explosion that not only healed Hunter’s legs, but also gave him the ability tom manipulate time around him, giving him the appearance of moving fast. So far, there’s no evidence to suggest this version of Zoom will be Hunter, and frankly, he looks closer to The Rival, Jay Garrick’s speedy nemesis. Heck, for all we know, the TV Zoom may end up being an alternate version of a character we’ve already met.
You can watch The Flash Season 2 unfold Tuesdays at 8 p.m. EST on The CW.