Tony Todd (likely forever to be otherwise known as Candyman) has been cast as the voice of the villain Zoom in Season 2 of CW’s hit series “The Flash,” based on the DC Comics superhero.
“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!”
If there’s one thing that they 6’5″ actor is popular for, it’s his deep voice. Past voice work on his resume includes voicing the Fallen in “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,” and voicing Dreadwing in “Transformers: Prime,” among others.
Describing Zoom’s goals and motivation, “The Flas” exec producer Kreisberg added, “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.”
Zoom will first appear to challenge The Flash (Grant Gustin) in the second episode of the season, “The Flash of Two Worlds.”
“The Flash” Season 2 premieres Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 8 p.m. on The CW. I initially didn’t think I’d dig the show (there isn’t much on the CW that I’ve had much interest in, since it’s not really a network made for people like me); but, if only out of curiosity, I tuned in during its first season, and stuck with it all the way through. Suffice it to say that I mostly enjoyed it, despite some of it’s still very CW-ish traits. Also, the fact that Jeese L. Martin and Candice Patton both play pivotal roles, helps.
I’ll be back for season 2, with the “demon-voice” of Tony Todd joining the party.