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!

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By Batmaniac - 5/12/2014

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...

Captain Cold

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.

Heat Wave

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.

Captain Boomerang

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.

Weather Wizard

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.

The Top

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.

The Rogues

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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Klone - 5/12/2014, 9:53 AM
Did not read it all though I like some the ideas here.
Klone - 5/12/2014, 10:16 AM
On and unrelated note, that picture of Grant makes me what to punch his face.
OptionFour - 5/12/2014, 10:16 AM
Well thought-out, and I like the flow of what you did, even if I'm not sure that the finished product would visually resemble the Rogues much. I don't care for the notion of simple flight suits, and a 'militaristic look' for Captain Boomerang, especially with the Flash costume being so accurate (for a television budget costume). But I could see them taking a route like this on the show.

One of my issues with this shows concept is whether they're going to tone down the powers of the Flash in order for these villains to be viable, or if they're going to turn the power up on the villains. Honestly, someone like Captain Boomerang has absolutely no business fighting (let alone almost assassinating) the Flash. In the comics it is often Flash's pity/compassion for these characters that leads to him taking it easy on them, but I don't think that will fly as well on the screen. And frankly, it really doesn't matter how accurately you can throw a boomerang when your opponent can move so fast that he can vibrate through solid walls. The wild power differences between Flash and his enemies just barely work in the comics. On the screen I fear that Flash fighting Boomerang, or Heat Wave, will feel a bit like if the MoS Superman had to fight 'Captain Spitball', who throws gummed-up wads of paper really accurately . . .
AXE - 5/12/2014, 10:18 AM
I agree, Flash's rouges should be easy to adapt, but I'm not the least bit worried, considering arrow is doing great and has a great overarching story arc, so will Flash, but probably without flashbacks everyweek, maybe some here and there
CherryBomb - 5/12/2014, 10:19 AM
Captain Cold will probably be Caitlin Snow's father.
His experiments with cold will probably transform her into Killer Frost
Batmaniac - 5/12/2014, 10:35 AM

Thanks man. I agree, it's hard to make characters like Boomerang a formidable foe for the Flash. In my imagining of the character, his accuracy is uncanny, so I've upped his abilities to a point where he can predict where the Flash's movements. Sure, it's unrealistic, but we have to make Boomerang formidable somehow, you know?

Another reason I found Boomerang to be of some importance is because of a potential role within the Suicide Sqaud, and as an assassin, his particularly talents could be useful.

Captain Cold, Heat Wave, The Top and to some extent Weather Wizard, will all resemble their comic book counterparts. I've always found Weather Wizard's costume to be rather uncreative, so that's really my main reason for giving him a bland costume, as it almost paying homage to his bland costume in the comics.
QuestiontheAnswer - 5/12/2014, 10:44 AM
How will they do Gorilla Grodd?
Batmaniac - 5/12/2014, 10:55 AM
"How will they do Gorilla Grodd?"

They shouldn't. To do Grodd justice, you'd need a bigger budget than the show has. However, for a movie, I'd do something similar to Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

GliderMan - 5/12/2014, 11:04 AM
I wrote an article a few months back on Gorilla Grodd for the TV series, although now I lean more in the direction of just save it for a movie:

Also, I'd rather them save Captain Cold for a future season/movie. I mean he has Reverse-Flash to deal with anyway.
QuestiontheAnswer - 5/12/2014, 11:05 AM
They'll probably have a bastardized version, same with Mirror Master.
OptionFour - 5/12/2014, 11:05 AM
Thanks for the response, and I see what you're going for with upping Boomerang's powers that way. I actually like his character, and find all the Rogues fairly likeable in a C-string sorta way. I think Boomerang's time in the Suicide Squad is some of the best material for his character.

Though I'm not a fan of Arrow at all, I'll give the Flash show a chance when it hits. Hopefully they get it right.

. . . . Though does it look to anyone else like Gustin is wearing lipstick in that promo pic at the top? Ha.
Alphadog - 5/12/2014, 11:23 AM
Gotta say that I don't like these ideas Batmaniac. I think that the rogues could be awesome and your ideas for them don't standout from other villains. Gorilla Grodd can be easly done on tv and I'll tell you how. Instead of him being a gorilla he's from a society from the future that transformed into a more primitive looking state and developed some kind of telepathy to talk with eachother. It's kinda like the morlocks but there are still a lot of details missing that would make them very different. Their look can easly be done on tv with a suit. He wouldn't look like gorilla so they don't have to worry about making it look like an actual animal. He's powers aren't anything special either. Just get a very good stunt guy and you can do whatever you would do with him with only a few special effects.
BoomTubeB - 5/12/2014, 11:25 AM
great piece @batmaniac!

Capt Boomerang is one of the dumbest villians ever but you can't help to love his half ass villainy & drive! He is a must for the Flash tv show!
QuestiontheAnswer - 5/12/2014, 11:31 AM
Any ideas for Shade, Golden Glider or Pied Piper?
Klone - 5/12/2014, 11:35 AM
If they did Grodd, give him limited speech though establish he is [frick]ing smart. Gorilla City is simply too stupid so I think instead "Gorilla City" would be the nickname for a STAR Labs genetics complex in Central City that specialises in curing human genetic diseases by using apes.
Doopie - 5/12/2014, 11:36 AM
i always thought the rogues were a bit kooky but that's not to say they can't be done well in live action. keep it as grounded as possible might be a good approach and it helps that most of them don't have any actual powers but rely on tech.

don't think we'll see all these guys in the first series as they may want to spread it out a bit and focus on 1 main villain...zoom? but who knows, if the show does well with ratings i think they'll definitely spread out the villains.
Doopie - 5/12/2014, 11:37 AM
'Gorilla City' could be the name of the enclosure the test subjects are housed in. could work but grodd would require either cg or a damn good costume to pull off
Bearjew - 5/12/2014, 11:38 AM
Shade, Mirror Master, Pied Piper, Golden Glider, hell even Turtle. You should do those and call it part 2.
Bearjew - 5/12/2014, 11:39 AM
Oh and Gorilla Grodd obviously, Mirror Master should be the first and Grodd should be your last
Klone - 5/12/2014, 11:40 AM
Or the Star Lab Genetics complex could be somewhere in Africa that gets abandoned and apes make it their home, though with very limited speech and not design super technology. Basic reading, etc.
Klone - 5/12/2014, 11:41 AM
Grodd doesn't necessarily have be a gorilla either. I think a chimp would look cooler if we're going to Rise/Dawn of the Planet of the Apes approach. As long as he is an ape, it is good.

Also, apes are not monkeys! There is a very obvious physical difference between them!
Batmaniac - 5/12/2014, 11:42 AM

Yeah, I like Captain Boomerang, and I agree, he's run in Suicide Sqaud was great. As I said, that's one if the reasons I felt Boomerang was necessary, because of the way he can easily cross over between Arrow and Flash via the Sucide Sqaud and The Rogues.
Klone - 5/12/2014, 11:43 AM
It depends I guess. If you want to see a gorilla and have the sense that if you were there with him, you would be terrified at how easily he could rip you apart, but if you want something that looks more human and you can literally see the cunning evil in his face, you go with the chimp for Grodd. Depends on what you want really.
Klone - 5/12/2014, 11:47 AM

How about with Boomerang, he has a cleaver like blade shaped similar to a boomerang which he uses primarily in upfront combat to cut, stab and hack people apart and you know those disk weapons the Predators have? Say he has one of those, and when he triggers it, two blades pop out, it resembles a boomerang and he throws and uses them like the Predators do. So he isn't literally using boomerangs, but the shape of his weapons earn him the nickname among the underworld and other assassins.
Batmaniac - 5/12/2014, 11:51 AM
Okay, I've got an idea for Grodd. He wouldn't be a Gorilla, but more like a baby chimp. As you suggested MAK, his speech would be limited, but he'd be extremely intelligent nonetheless.

As you guys have suggested, 'Gorilla City' would be the name of the genetics complex, and during the experiments, Grodd would eventually gain physic abilities. Using his abilities, he'll take control of the STAR Lab scientists and telepathically control their actions, resulting in using them to give the other chimps increased intelligence, Rise of the Apes style.

Obviously in comparison to Ceaser, he'll fail, but it will be something he continues to attempt over and over, in a true Gorilla Grodd fashion.
OptionFour - 5/12/2014, 11:59 AM
Think the melee weapon you're thinking of would be a large kukri - the blade is curved 'backwards', making it exceptional at leveraging a wrist-flicking motion, and is great at chopping. A cool idea, by the way. Though the idea of him getting in a fist fight with the Flash is funny, he could readily use it with others.
Klone - 5/12/2014, 11:59 AM
I'd go a step further, as in my Universe, part of the reason he gains telepathy is due to a Dr. Cizko (not a dwarf by the way), he looks similar to this:

Also, I'm talking more in general terms now, Maniac, not CW. By the way, if they use Cizko for a WW series as apart of a wider Universe... got a cool idea for a identity twist with Cizko... those glowing eyes = foreshadowing.

Klone - 5/12/2014, 12:02 PM
Oh by the way, Maniac, as someone who dislikes MM and doesn't think he has story potential, I think you'd like the one I'm beginning to develop. Given the Earth stuff takes place in the 50's and it's obviously an alternate reality (given that DC is a fictional Universe) and technology has been influenced due to the Justice Society during WWII with Alan Scott bringing in Oan technology for the Allies, there's a big equal rights-revolutionary plot with a new villain and commentaries on the perpetuating cycle of revolution, Marxism, etc.
Batmaniac - 5/12/2014, 12:02 PM

That's a good idea MAK. I was planing on giving Captain Boomerang weapons fashioned in the shape of Boomerangs, similar to the weapon you suggested.

Another thing I was thinking was the fact that a boomerang comes back. I was thinking during Flash's and Boomerang's first encounter, Boomerang would throw the boomerang that would naturally be dodge by The Flash, and Flash would mistakenly mocked him for doing so, only for the Boomerang the come back and knock Flash out.

I mean imagine him throwing it, and Flash being like "What was that? A frisby?", and then Boomerang simply gives Flash a smug look just before the Boomerang hits him.

That was essentially my idea. You know, to make Boomerang cunning, and efficient at what he does. In later battles, is have him predicting the Flash's movements, and confusing him with the boomerang weapons and such. I think it could be pretty cool personally.
Klone - 5/12/2014, 12:02 PM

Yep! I had that in mind, visually, but I wasn't sure what they were called.
Klone - 5/12/2014, 12:04 PM
So he's basically like Flash's Deadshot in the sense that he examines his opponents speeds, body, momentum, etc. to predict when to throw the boomerang blade so they essentially run into?
Klone - 5/12/2014, 12:08 PM
Also, I like that hoodie suggestion for Cold. Accurate to the comics but looks cool and not silly. All you need now is a scarf around his mouth and nose area and black goggles so his face is completely covered up.
Klone - 5/12/2014, 12:12 PM
Maniac, I know you well and I definitely know who you would want as Captain Cold, your favorite actor... Adam Driver!
MrBlackjack - 5/12/2014, 1:15 PM
In a fantastic mood, upvotes for everyone!!!!!
Marxman12 - 5/12/2014, 2:08 PM
Captain Cold is such a bad ass character. Geoff Johns writing of him really drew me to the character. I think Cold should wear the same blue parka. What I mean is that it shows wear and tear. Maybe blood and grime that mats part of the fur. Maybe his blue parka can be pulled off of a dead soldier who held the rank of captain. Dark blue military parka for artic military.
Marxman12 - 5/12/2014, 2:12 PM
I have an unorthodox idea for Gorilla Grodd. Make him an African warlord with telepathic abilities. He could be nicknamed Guerrilla Grodd as in a guerrilla fighter. I know that sounds like I'm bastardizing the character but its an idea that I think could be spiritually true to the character.
Marxman12 - 5/12/2014, 2:13 PM
In Flashpoint Grodd was a warlord. So just make him like that but human.
Klone - 5/12/2014, 2:15 PM
Lol... making the villain that is a literal ape a black man wouldn't go down well... I get where you're going but I think Grodd's oddity as a villain is what makes him suitable for Flash.
6of13 - 5/12/2014, 2:33 PM
Interesting stuff! Some nice ideas.

My idea for Capt Boomerang is that he is an ordinance and munitions expert and ex-military. I find the idea of a villain using exploding boomerangs quite ridiculous considering that boomerangs come back. So, I don't think he should use boomerangs. Rather it is just his nickname or call sign only.

Also, couldn't Grodd be some kind of human-ape hybrid? Human smarts mixed with ape strength maybe. He is genetic experiment using gorilla DNA (because apes such as chimps and gorillas are immensely stronger than humans) and human DNA for intellect. This experiment is born from a human embryo with the gorilla strength genes spliced in. The result is a human who looks ape-like but with incredible strength. Also, the ape genes render him unable to talk like a human - chimpanzees can't talk like humans (despite their intelligence) because of the position of their pharynx in relation to their larynx. Maybe the telepathy comes from the human part of the DNA. So, Grodd "talks" but he does it telepathically.

GoldenMan - 5/12/2014, 2:38 PM
Personally, I find Grodd much more intriguing when he's actually a gorilla (hence the name). The balance between his superior intelligence/telepathy and savage nature actually makes for quite an intriguing character, even more so when one dominates the other (ala ripping out Trickster's arm in Flash Vol. 3). Whilst it's obvious that wouldn't be immediately achievable on television, I don't feel changing the character can compensate for that, because then he's not really the same character at all.
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