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Zoom will menace Barry Allen in the upcoming second season.
Variety sat down with the show’s executive producer Andrew Kreisberg, who had the following to say:
“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.”
In last season, the revelation of who was the Reverse-Flash came fairly early. Kreisberg says that in this season the producers have the intention to draw out the mystery identity of Zoom “like a horror movie — ‘who’s the killer? Who’s under the mask?’”
On Zoom’s motivations Kreisberg says: “For us, the best villains are the ones who don’t have megalomaniacal ‘I want to rule the world’ motivations. Last year, the Reverse-Flash had a very simple goal which was ‘I just want to go home, and if people need to die or cities need to get wasted for me to get that, so be it.’ And Zoom has a very similar, personal goal this season… simple and easy to understand, and very primal. And just as with Wells last year, Zoom doesn’t care who gets hurt or what gets destroyed in the service of him getting his goal.”
Season two of The Flash premieres on Tuesday, October 6th on the CW.