EDITORIAL: How To Adapt The Rogues in CW's FLASH
Batman shares his ideas on how The CW could adapt The Rogues in CW's upcoming Flash! Hit the jump to check it out!
The CW have already started to construct their own DC Universe on the small screen with Arrow, which has gone on to spawn a Flash spin off, which will share the same universe. With the new of the show being picked up for a full season, it's more than likely we'll see The Rogues show up on the show. So I've decided to share my thoughts on how I believe The CW can ideally adapt the villains that make up The Rogues with their limited budget.
I've constructed brief origins for each villains, as well as providing a rough idea of the costume and information on their abilities. The images used for costumes are only rough examples, and should in no way be looked at as a the final product.
I have also took the liberty of changing things from the source to fit the show, from minor changes to a full reimagining of a character. Please take into consideration that this is only a rough idea. Okay, now that's out the way, first up...
CW Universe Origin:
Leonard Snart was apprehended by the Flash when he and a small group of petty thieves attempted to rob a post office in Central City. In awe of the Flash, and desperate for revenge, Leonard managed to escape police custody on his travels to be sentenced.
After reading an article published by Star Labs that theorized that the energy emissions of a cyclotron could interfere with an object moving at fast speeds, and harnessed into a tool, he took it upon himself to kidnap Clyde Mardon, the scientist who published the theory, to redesign the tool in a weapon he could use to interfere with the Flash's speed. After getting Clyde to successfully construct the weapon, Leonard fashioned himself distinctive look out of a blue parka with white fur and protective visors, and set out to take down Flash for fame, and revenge.
Leonard Snart was later dubbed 'Captain Cold' by Picture News reporter Iris West.
I never really changed much, as I believe Captain Cold is a easy enough character to adapt to the small screen while being faithful. The biggest change would be how he acquired his signature Freeze Gun.
In the comics, he fashioned the weapon himself after reading an article about the technology. In The CW Universe, I've decided to make his signature Freeze Gun a product of a Star Labs scientist who he forces to construct the weapon for him. I decided this was better for the show as it makes it more believable that somebody with experience in that field construct the weapon as opposed to an inexperienced Leonard Snort.
Another great thing about Captain Cold is his costume. It would be relatively easy to adapt, as the only thing that stands out is the fact he wears a blue parka with white fur and a visor. I think a blue parka with white fur and a visor is all you really need, as it's the most distinctive traits of Captain Cold's costume. It isn't a hard costume to adapt with a modernised spin, and it can be done justice on the shows limited budget.
CW Universe Origin:
Ever since a child, Mick Rory had an obsession with fire, but always managed to suppress his need to take his obsession too far. Mick Rory built up his construction company from the ground up, so when his company goes bankrupt due to a rival business taking up all his cliental, it leads to Mick's pyromania taking over.
He decides to fashion himself a fireproof suit made up of vacuum-deposited aluminized materials and wields a flamethrower to take revenge on the rival company, causing him to come into conflict with the Flash.
Mick Rory was later dubbed 'Heat Wave' by Picture News reporter Iris West.
Mick Rory has no powers or special abilities, but he's a lethal pyromaniac. Due to his uncontrollable obsession, he's an extremely dangerous individual. Mick Rory wields a flamethrower as his choice of weapon.
Heat Wave, for the most part, has a pretty grounded costume, so I decided to keep it simple by making his costume a fireproof suit and helmet that would roughly resemble the example image above.
CW Universe Origin:
I've decided to keep George Harkness' origin a mystery at this time, and concentrate on his present life. George Harkness is a deadly assassin hired to assassinate the Flash.
He almost succeeded in killing the Flash, but was thwarted at the last minute, and imprisoned in Iron Heights Penitentiary. I've decided that George Harkness won't use a codename, similar to Selina Kyle in Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy, but he'll exhibit traits of his comic book counterpart such as using an assortment of custom boomerangs as weapons.
George Harkness doesn't possess any powers, but he's a deadly hand to hand combatant and an skilled marksmen. Due to his near perfect accuracy, Harkness is an expert at throwing weapons, especially boomerangs.
My main inspiration for Harkness' costume is Batroc from Captain America: The Winter Soldier, as in his costume would retain some colours of his comic book costume, but will overall have a militaristic vibe.
CW Universe Origin:
I decided to opt for a complete reimagining when it came to Trickster to do something new with the character. In my idea, the Trickster of the CW DC Universe is a expert conman. Growing up without friends and parents that neglected him, James Jesse spent a lot of his youth on his own. In his loneliness, he used to create multiple personalities and fashion gadgets out of any appliances he could find.
Due to his tendency to act out multiple personalities as a child, James Jesse developed quite the acting talents. As he's grew into a man, James used his acting talent to create multiple personalities to further shape people's impressions on him to his desire. He later started applying the same tactic to small cons, where he started developing his skills as a efficient conman.
James eventually started conning citizens of Central City from politicians to police officers to do his bidding by convincing them he was high ranking member of a secret organization that he convinced his victims was secretly in control of Earth's government as a whole. As far fetched as it sounds, James successfully convinced his victims due to his talents, and became a powerful crime lord in Central City, successfully putting himself in control of Central City's organised crime while having politicians in his back pocket, all down to a lie; a trick.
This will eventually bring James Jesse into conflict with the Flash with Flash exposing the James Jesse for the Trickster he is.
James Jesse possesses no powers, but he is a highly efficient actor and master of disguise, capable of convincing even the least gullible of people. James Jesse's weapons of choice of weapon often include inventions of his own creation that are disguised as normal objects, but are in fact a deadly weapon. An example of such weapon would be the 'bullet pen', or an explosive phone.
Due to James not actually possessing any real combat skills, he tends to avoid a physical confrontation as much as much as possible, but in times when he does get into a physical escalation, he tends to use unusual weapons of his own design such as the 'bullet pen' to deliver a surprising blow to his enemies.
In my reimagining of the Trickstar, he possesses no recurring costume, as he adopts any disguise he must for the appropriate occasions, which results in a constant changing look.
CW Universe Origin:
Mark Mardon fled from Iron Heights Prison to his brother Clyde's house only to find him dead. After going checking Clyde's Security Footage, Mark watched his brother finish creating a new weather controlling device shaped like wand just before he was killed by what looked to be a small tornado. Mark presumed such feats were only capable by one man, and so he presumed Flash was responsible for his brothers murder, and swore revenge.
Using Clyde's 'Weather Wand', Mark proceeded to attack Flash with bolts of lightning and mini tornados in the middle of Central City, causing multiple casualties and damage to the city . In the end, Mark is apprehended by Flash and returned to Iron Heights Prison. Mark is later dubbed the 'Weather Wizard' by Picture News reporter Iris West.
Due to mysterious nature of Clyde's murder and the similarities to Barry's own mother, Flash swears to Mark he'll find his brothers murderer, only to be disbelieved by Mark who is still convinced Flash is responsible.
Mark is able to control weather patterns through his brother Clyde's 'Weather Wand' device.
Mark Mardon doesn't don a costume in his first appearance, but he'll later don a great suit reminiscent of a flight suit once he joins the Rogues. I decided to keep his costume simple and practical since this version of Mark Mardon doesn't seem the huge appeals of wearing costumes. However, the suit he eventually wears would be green with hints of yellow to honour is comic book costume.
CW Universe Origin:
This version of Roscoe Dillon was a small time crook who received his powers from the shockwave produced by S.T.A.R Labs particle accelerator. However, unlike the Flash, Roscoe Dillion was only knocked unconscious for a few minutes. His powers never started to manifest until many months after the shockwave and after Flash's debut, but once it did, he realised he had to ability spin at incredible speeds.
Inspired by Flash, he decides to don a green and yellow two striped costume and dubs himself 'The Top', and uses his powers to rob multiple banks all over Central City. Due to his inexperience with his powers, he causes multiple casualties, even accidentally killing a few civilians during the robberies he commits.
Eventually, he is apprehended by the Flash and imprisoned Iron Heights.
Roscoe Dillion has the power to spin an incredible speeds, almost taking on a tornado like form. Due to his inexperience with his powers, he often causes destruction while using his powers, which sometimes results in casualties.
I decided that Roscoe was inspired to don a more classical comic book costume after seeing Flash. Roscoe has no reason for wearing a costume other than creating a distinctive look to make him stand out during his crimes.
Idealistically, I'd introduce every villain I listed in Season 1, with The Rogues forming in Season 2. Similar to the comics, The Rogues will adopt a code that seperates them from other villains, such as no killing woman and children, and like the comics, Captain Cold will lead the Rogues.
There will be a sense of rivalry between Captain Cold and Heat Wave, and The Top will eventually betray The Rogues code, resulting in The Rogues and Flash making a temporary alliance to stop The Top.
Anyway, that's my rough idea of how The CW could approach The Rogues in the Flash with their limited budget while somewhat honouring the source and bringing something fresh to the table.
Feel free to share your thoughts below in the comments, and thanks for reading.
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