‘The Flash’ Casts Tony Todd as Voice of DC Villain Zoom in Season 2 (EXCLUSIVE)

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The Flash” has tapped “Candyman” star Tony Todd as the voice of DC Comics villain Zoom in season two, Variety has learned exclusively.

Zoom will menace titular hero Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) beginning in episode two, “Flash of Two Worlds.”

“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?'”

As for what’s driving Zoom, Kreisberg teases, “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.”

DC Comics readers may have their suspicions about Zoom’s identity, but Kreisberg notes, “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.”

Other new additions for “The Flash” season two include Keiynan Lonsdale as future speedster Wally West, Teddy Sears as Jay Garrick, and Shantel VanSanten as Patty Spivot.

Two newcomers to “The Flash” and “Arrow” spinoff “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” will also make their debut on crossover episodes of both shows before the series debuts at midseason. Casper Crump has been confirmed as immortal villain Vandal Savage, while Falk Hentschel will play Hawkman.

Zoom isn’t Todd’s first foray into the DC universe; he’s previously voiced Darkseid in the “Lego DC Comics Super Heroes” video games, Icon on “Young Justice,” and Asteroth on “Batman: The Brave and the Bold,” in addition to appearing on “Smallville.” Other notable credits include roles in the “Final Destination” franchise, “Platoon,” “24” and “Chuck.” Todd is represented by Innovative Artists for voice over and is managed by Jeff Goldberg Management.

Zoom’s appearance was first teased during “The Flash” panel at San Diego Comic-Con with an ominous new trailer.

“The Flash” season two premieres Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 8 p.m. on the CW.

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  1. Chris says:

    Should have gotten a better actor for zoom and most of the episodes on flash are retarded makes you want to punch the flash in the throat it’s a miracle it is still playing.

  2. siddharth says:

    then who is the actor in zoom’s suit?

  3. pat says:

    I disagree. No one does a demon voice better than Kevin Grieveaux

  4. I am addicted to speed..... force says:

    This is so F*CKING awesome!!!! I just mean, the Tony Todd part too…. imagine my hyper nerdgasm when I got to the juicy tidbits about Zoom!!! SSSSOOOOOO STOKED!!! #pitchingatent

  5. Matt says:

    Oh, yes. Evil does indeed sound deep. I’m seriously looking forward to Zoom now. :D

  6. Mason says:

    For those complaining about casting Tony Todd on the show:

    The Flash producers signed him on TO BE THE VOICE of Zoom. They did NOT tell him to actually play the character. Pay attention instead of leaving hate posts.

  7. PA Monroe says:

    Ok – so first season was Reverse Flash (speedster who was out of sync with his place in the time). Now second season is Zoom (uses time to go out of sync and appear to be a speedster). This could have the feel of didn’t I just spend a season watching this happen. With all the DC villains they could have gone with something else. Love Tony Todd and using his voice is a great idea so completely on board with that aspect. Oh, well see how it all pans out.

    • Ian Hirst says:

      PA – I have the same thought. I hope they don’t play it safe and just repeat the 1st season; otherwise it’s going to get pretty boring quickly.

  8. Zoom with candymans voice? sounds good

  9. Its his voice you idiots..not him…

  10. adam says:

    considering how they keeps changing so many characters’ races to black on this show. why not change the show’w name to the black flash? stupid political correctness garbage..

  11. Tyler says:

    Is it really fair to have Zoom be African American? I don’t think so

    • Larry Star says:

      No one is forcing you to watch the show, captain dipstick.

    • David Benjamin says:

      @Adam and @Tyler..how about we use that thing between your ears for a minute. A – they are using Tony Todd’s VOICE..like Darth Vader with James Earl Jones..so relax!
      B-Wally West this season is Iris’ cousin. Since Wally is bi-racial in the New 52…
      So STFU about all this politically correct bullshit!
      And ftr..ZOOM IS NOT BLACK in the show….so put that in your hat, and smoke it!

    • Myke says:

      Omg there’s 4 black People on the show. Let’s call it the Black Flash… How ignorant are you?

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