Variety is reporting that Candyman star Tony Todd has been cast as the voice of Zoom. Spoilers for Zoom and the second season of The Flash behind the jump.
The true identity of Zoom will be a secret for viewers and the other characters to solve, and Todd’s renowned deep voice will play into that. He’ll apparently debut in the second episode, titled “Flash Of Two Worlds”, and we can probably guess who else will be appearing in that episode.
“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,” executive producer Andrew Kreisberg tells Variety. “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.”
Kreisberg compares Zoom’s appearance to Venom in Marvel’s Spider-Man, revealing, “The Zoom outfit is much more organic than the Reverse-Flash suit. In a way, it’s hard to tell if it is a suit or alive… There’s no skin showing, for all you know there’s a robot underneath, or dark energy.”
Unlike last season, which revealed that Cavanagh’s Harrison Wells (or, more accurately, Eobard Thawne) was the Reverse-Flash fairly early on, Kreisberg says the producers intend to draw out the mystery of Zoom “like a horror movie — ‘who’s the killer? Who’s under the mask?’”
Kreisberg goes on to hint about Zoom’s possible motivations and the balancing act between staying true to the comics and being able to surprise viewers, so head over to the link if you want to see more.
Who’s your guess for the identity of Zoom? Or who would you like to see under the mask?