Actor Tony Todd has been cast as the voice of Zoom in the second season of The Flash.
Todd, best-known as the title character in the Candyman film series among many other roles, will first appear as the voice of Zoom in the second episode of the season which is titled- “The Flash of Two Worlds”.
Executive producer Andrew Kreisberg had the following to say on the casting:
“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.”
The comparison to Darth Vader is very interesting as this confirms that Tony is definitely only the voice of the character. Another actor will be playing the character in the suit (much like Dave Prowse was in the Darth Vader suit).
For anyone unfamiliar with the character of Zoom, Kreisberg said the following to describe the character:
“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.”
“We have to service the entire audience, both the fans and the non-fans, and I think we’ve shown up until this point a great deal of respect and reverence for the source material, so that we always feel like we’re fulfilling the comic book fans’ expectations while also not spoon-feeding them stuff directly from the comics. So the story of Zoom and who and what he is- hopefully comic book fans will be happy because we’ve come up with a clever way to spin the tale, but that also makes it exciting for the people who aren’t as familiar with the comics and are just enjoying the show on its own terms.”
The Flash Season 2 premiers on October 6th.
Thoughts on this casting? Are you excited to hear Tony Todd as the voice of Zoom in The Flash Season 2?
By Ruari Williamson