COMICS: FLASH Villains Getting Revamp
For years, one of the biggest complaints about FLASH has been his rogues gallery. Now, his DC New 52 relaunch creative team talks about some of the tweaks they are making to change that.
It seems like I've been hearing people make fun of the villains Flash runs into on a regular basis, since I was a child. Evidently, DC felt they were in a perfect position to do something about that with their DC New 52.
The creative team behind the current Flash relaunch, Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato recently talked to NEWSaRAMA about the direction they're taking the title and the character. In addition to giving the "Speed Force" a slight revamp, they're also making some adjustments to his well known "Rogues." What follows are some interesting tidbits they had to say concerning Captain Cold, Gorilla Grodd and Turbine.
Brian Buccellato on Captain Cold...
Captain Cold is not a pushover. And I think Flash is in for a little bit of a rude awakening.
He's not your daddy's Captain Cold.
Francis Manapul on Gorilla Grodd and Turbine...
I'll be honest, with Gorilla Grodd, we're changing quite a bit. He's still a gorilla. And there's still a Gorilla City.
But there's going to be a deeper connection between Gorilla Grodd and the Flash than there was before. We're revamping more or less their origin and how they came to be. We're not going to do the alien spaceship granting these gorillas intelligence -- it's something like that, but different.
They're definitely going to be a lot more brutal. The thing that we really want to express with Gorilla Grodd is we want a villain that's scary. We want to really instill a lot of fear in Barry Allen. So far, a lot of the villains have reflected Barry Allen in some way. Mob Rule reflected what it's like if you run away from your problems. Captain Cold will be a reflection of what you're willing to do and where you draw the line. I won't say what the reflection is with Turbine, because you'll find out. And then with Gorilla Grodd, it's going to be fear.
Hawksblueyes: What other Flash villains would you like to see revamped and what would you like to see different about them?
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