Variety is reporting that Candyman himself, Tony Todd, will be voicing the villainous speedster known as Zoom. To clarify, Todd will not be playing the character in the physical sense, instead lending his voice to the rogue in order to add to the mystique of just who Zoom really is.
On the news, executive producer Andrew Kreisberg said, “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 speed demon, and no one does demon-voice better than Tony Todd.”
Kreisberg added, “The Zoom outfit is much more organic than the Reverse-Flash suit. In a way, it’s hard to tell if it is a suit or alive. There’s no skin showing, for all you know there’s a robot underneath, or dark energy.”
In the comic book world, Hunter Zolomon is a Central City police officer who gets his powers courtesy of a meeting with Barry Allen, leading to him becoming known as Zoom. Now whilst the majority of other speedsters get their speed from the ability to move ridiculously fast, Zolomon is a little different; he is able to generate superspeed because he can actually manipulate the speed that he travels through time, which makes him faster than near-enough all other speedsters, including Barry Allen, Jay Garrick and Wally West – three characters who will be a part of this new season. From what’s been said, it looks as if there’s going to be a spin on just who’s behind the mantle of Zoom in The CW’s shared hero universe.
Zoom will make his Flash debut in the second episode of Season 2. The show returns to US screens on October 6th, with a UK return expected to follow shortly after.
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