Tony Todd in The Flash

The villain cast of The Flash is evolving, and now Tony Todd is part of the ensemble. But he’s playing an interesting role in the show, because at this point we won’t actually see his face on screen. We will hear his voice, however, and that’s not because he’s playing some mysterious new CG character. Get the news below; we’ve kept the specifics on the role played by Tony Todd in The Flash after the jump to prevent any potential spoilers. 

Variety has the report saying that Tony Todd will voice Zoom on the show. In comics, Zoom is one of the identities of Eobard Thawne, aka Harrison Wells, aka the Reverse-Flash.

Exec producer Andrew Kreisberg tells the outlet a bit about how this decision was made:

Last year, with the Reverse-Flash, we just modulated Tom Cavanagh’s voice, and this year we wanted to do something a little bit different. Part of the mystery of the season is who or what is underneath the Zoom outfit, and so we wanted to do something like James Earl Jones as Darth Vader — this iconic voice coming out of this mask. Last year, we thought of the Reverse-Flash as a speed warrior; this year, Zoom is like a speeddemon, and no one does demon-voice better than Tony Todd.

Keeping The Flash series finale spoilers light for those who haven’t caught up with it yet, the fate of the Reverse-Flash at the end of the first season was… weird, in addition to the story’s emotional punch.

We last saw Barry Allen racing into a wormhole-turned-black hole seemingly into the future, or at least to a parallel timeline, as some version of DC Comics’ Earth-2 appears to be a big part of the plotting for season 2. That means we can get alternate versions of many characters, and presumably that has a lot to do with how this incarnation of the Reverse-Flash, Zoom, will find a role in the show’s second season. Precisely who it will be is clearly meant to be a mystery for right now.

The Flash returns to The CW on October 6.

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