How GORILLA GRODD Can Be Used in the FLASH TV Series

How GORILLA GRODD Can Be Used in the FLASH TV Series

If there's anything the Flash TV show has got going for it, it's the character's list of Rogues. In this brief editorial I will explain how Gorilla Grodd--if used in the CW series--should be portrayed.

Many think that not only should Grodd not be used on a TV budget, but that he is downright silly and should not be used at all. Well, haters, I am here to raise up my middle finger and prove you wrong. Just kidding, but these are just a few ideas I have kicking around in my head, and I'd like to share them with you, and see what y'all think.

I believe Gorilla Grodd should be included because in the comics, he is one of the Flash's primary adversaries. To exclude him would be to exclude a powerful, you-love-to-hate-him character that could be bring action, dynamic and drama to the show.

My idea includes Gorilla Grodd going on a route reminiscent of Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

When Grodd is first introduced, he should be a normal gorilla, and only be a recurring character. Perhaps the gorilla is frustrated from being taken away from its home; the scientists/doctors could even say they got the gorilla from a region nicknamed Gorilla City.

Basically a small group of scientists--two or three--are doing seemingly harmless experiments, studies and research on Grodd, among other gorillas and apes. Maybe it's even at S.T.A.R. Labs. One of the scientists is an old friend of Barry Allen's--for the sake of this article, we'll call this person Tina McGee, but it could be someone else. Because of Tina, Barry makes moderately frequent visits to this particular lab. He is fond of Grodd.

Tina is the good guy, but the other scientists are performing rather ugly experiments behind her back. I'm not sure about the nature of these experiments, but they're cruel and prompts Grodd's distaste for humanity. He starts developing more than what is natural for gorillas; he becomes smarter. But not near developed as he is in the comics. Perhaps they end an episode with him saying his first word(s), like "kill" or "hurt them."

Then, something major happens--like I said, these are just ideas kicking around in my head, so I am unsure as to what this "major" event can be. Maybe caused by Vibe and his powers, or another experiment gone awry. But the outcome of this happening would give Grodd super-strength, super-intelligence, and some mind controlling abilities. By this point he already has a hatred for humans and a craving for power, as he's been stuck in a cage at a lab for so long.

The general idea here is that they show Grodd's development from above average gorilla to "evil-genius" gorilla over the course of a season, before actually making him a villain in the next season.

Side-note: (Please don't give me shit about this, for its only a side note with little relation to the actual point of this article.) If this show winds up in the DCCU, maybe Gorilla Grodd taking over Central City at the end of a season could show why the Flash didn't show up in the battle at the end of Man of Steel.
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TheGoddamnPeel - 2/11/2014, 10:49 AM
I like how it is realistically fitting for the Flash TV show, but I feel if Grodd is going to be in this show, he needs to make a more striking debut rather than being an ordinary recurring background monkey that one day receives a startling new reawakening. It's difficult to figure out a way to fit the character into the show, but your idea isn't bad at all, but personally I feel Grodd wouldn't fit into the shows' tone.
Pasto - 2/11/2014, 10:58 AM
I like your idea. Nice article. Make a fan site so I can thumb it.
GizmoEl - 2/11/2014, 11:12 AM
it'd be great if they went this route, however it'd be difficult to do it well on a television budget. Great write up though!
THIS - 2/11/2014, 11:15 AM
like this idea. Good job.

Also, check out my article on the Clairvoyant's identity!
Bearjew - 2/11/2014, 11:33 AM
Grodd is who I'm most looking forward to but he's probably the hardest to do because of the cgi cost
Alphadog - 2/11/2014, 11:36 AM
This isn't a bad idea but I would go with something like the Morlocks instead. A civilization from the future comes back to the past to take over the world for some reason. I think that it fits better with the whole idea of the Flash.
Alphadog - 2/11/2014, 11:37 AM
With this idea you could also make a costume for the actor instead of doing it CGI.
dethpillow - 2/11/2014, 12:29 PM
cool article... Gorilla Grodd has always fascinated me. i don't know much about DC Comics but he's one character that i always want to read about.
Tainted87 - 2/11/2014, 1:07 PM
Gorilla City is a no-go, but Grodd is a must.

He's telepathic, which means he doesn't need to actually speak. On screen, that could be a huge advantage.

Imagine if he was a caged supervillain at a zoo who had everyone do the dirty work for him. He could psychically order his way into wealth, and not have to lift a finger. Or, perhaps he could escape and you'd have an evil Professor X being driven around, waited on hand and foot, etc.
tvor03 - 2/11/2014, 1:35 PM
It's too bad that PotA is a Fox property and they can't just combine the universes. Oh well.

This is my idea on how to do Grodd. Grodd is a scientist at STAR who uses apes and such as tests subjects. Normal stuff. Then one day, through comic book science, his consciousness is somehow transferred into one of his test apes. Grodd the scientist is still perfectly lucid, but he can now hear a second set of thoughts in his head. It's his voice but not his thoughts, and it's driving him mad. Allen investigates and finds that through this accident, Grodd exists in two different bodies, the scientist and the gorilla, and they can communicate telepathically. But while the man is going crazy, the ape is learning to control it.
AverageDrafter - 2/11/2014, 2:30 PM
Gorilla City or GTFO!
Bearjew - 2/11/2014, 3:55 PM
Grodd will probably be season 2
gamecreatorjj - 2/11/2014, 4:46 PM
It seems to far out of Budget, Smallvile got like 3 seconds of Bullet time an episode, and I'm sure Flash himself will require some effects. I don't we will ever get to see a real Grodd.
Lhornbk - 2/11/2014, 4:53 PM
No, no, no, no, no. Just no. The last thing they should do is give Flash a gorilla (or any other animal) for a villain. It would make him a laughingstock for general audiences. There are just some things that work in comics that do not work on TV or in movies, and Gorilla Grodd is one of them. And there is a much easier way to explain Flash not helping with Zod. Just say the accident that gives him his powers hadn't happened yet.
KoonEl - 2/11/2014, 5:57 PM
I would like Grodd if it was done right. I would like to see them either leave Flash's rogues nameless or rename them however. They have some really silly sounding names

Professor Zoom
Abra Kadabra
Double Down (I can only think of Swingers when I see this name)
Captain Boomerang
Mirror Master (probably the best)
Captain Cold

Not that they are bad villains, their names just need some work to survive in a universe that aspires to have the same tone as the Nolan Batman films.
dethpillow - 2/11/2014, 6:20 PM
wow, Peek-A-Boo is such a rad name for a villain...
i wanna find out about them.

i've always liked Mirror Master just cuz the name is so great. but i've never read even a single Flash comic book. it's such a mystery who these people could be. DC Comics are kinda rad for me like that. (I read Marvel, except Superman, Wonder Woman and Animal Man and Batgirl only)

actually the one Flash i did read was Captain Cold.
CorndogBurglar - 2/12/2014, 5:44 AM
If they want this show to succeed, Grodd needs to be saved for a bit.

The general audience would watch one episode with an evil genius monkey and laugh that show right off television.
MightyZeus - 2/14/2014, 12:05 AM
I like your idea it's interesting. Great write up.
Tuuralihn - 2/15/2014, 6:17 AM
I do like the idea, but the only thing that is keeping me from thinking it may happen is, yes, the budget.

Making a gorilla look awesome and life-like requires some proper CGI akin to LOTR or RiseOTPOTApes. Doubt they can do that on a CW budget.
Klone - 2/16/2014, 11:48 AM
[frick] Gorilla City but Grodd could work.
Super12 - 3/12/2014, 8:05 PM
I like your idea a lot. I say who cares if it copies planet of the apes a bit, that was the inspiration for him anyway. After he turns evil there can be a time travel thing where Grodd gets sucked into the Speed force into the future where he founds Gorilla city, then he can come back in time with other Gorillas.

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