Well it seems to be a bit of odd casting news, because we’re only learning who’s going to be providing the voice of Zoom and not necessarily who will be physically portraying the character. But Variety reports that that old, wise death-expert from those Final Destination movies and Candyman himself, Tony Todd, is going to be doing the voice for Zoom in “The Flash” season two. Guy’s got a great voice, so, that’s cool for the character. The producers are comparing Zoom’s appearance on the show to that of Spider-Man villain Venom…but how so?
“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.” Well, we’re going to see this suit early on, since Zoom will make his debut in the 2nd episode of the 2nd season, in an episode titled “Flash of Two Worlds.” Here’s what executive producer Andrew Kreisberg had to say about 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.”
“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.”
Okay. I’m loving all of this so far. What do you guys think?