The next set of villains that Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) will have to deal with in The Flash Season 4 has been teased in the final episodes of the previous season.
Twice this season, fans had heard references to someone named DeVoe. A villain from the 64th century named Abra Kadabra (David Dastmalchian) first made mention of him in The Flash Season 3, Episode 18.
Abra Kadabra spoke of him as one of The Flash’s greatest villains in line with the big bads of the seasons; Thawne (Matt Letscher), Zoom (Teddy Sears), and Savitar (Gustin). This suggested that DeVoe is among their ranks and has the ability to concoct the level of danger and threat that these evil speedsters managed to reach.
In The Flash Season 3 finale, DeVoe was mentioned once again, this time by Savitar, who spoke of the unseen villain when he saw the machine at S.T.A.R. Labs that the Team Flash used to beat him.
DeVoe is a character from The Flash comics, as one would expect. His full name is Clifford DeVoe. He referred to himself as The Thinker and clashed with the original Flash, Jay Garrick.
According to IGN, the potential The Flash Season 4 big bad was a former lawyer who did a complete 360 by working as a consultant for criminals, preaching that motivation does not do the job when it comes to wreaking havoc, it is intelligence, which he had in abundance. This line of work allowed him to assemble rogues and criminals that will do the dirty work for him while he comes up with the plan.
What made him dangerous is his power to control minds and levitate objects, which he gained after developing a device called the Thinking Cap. Should DeVoe be the next big bad in The Flash, he would be the first non-speedster to get that title. Clearly, even without speed, DeVoe still has what it takes to destroy The Flash.
DeVoe is not the only villain in DC Comics bearing the name The Thinker although the others are not really connected to The Flash. Also called The Thinker was Cliff Carmichael, a villain that Firestorm usually dealt with.
He was a high school rival of Ronnie Raymond, who accidentally paralyzed his cousin, causing him to go insane enough to be sent to a mental institution, which experimented on him using DeVoe’s Thinking Cap.
The second one is Des Connor, a villain who has the ability to project fear into the minds of his opponents. He was best known as one of Batman’s enemies. It is expected that the version of DeVoe in The Flash Season 4 would be a mishmash of these characters, which is something the show has been known to do.
With rich comic book lore to pull from, The Flash writers have been creating their own versions of the characters for the series. The same is expected to be done with DeVoe.
As for the type of villains that Barry and Team Flash will battle on a week to week basis, pop culture watcher and YouTuber Emergency Awesome believes that the Speed Force storm from The Flash Season 3 finale will have something to do with that.
He says that the catastrophe could result in the creation of metahumans that The Flash will have to take care of as they pop up every week. The YouTuber also pointed out that the phenomenon was actually inspired by the ongoing The Flash: Rebirth comic book storyline by Geoff Johns, although in the comic, speedsters were created out of the storm.
However, Emergency Awesome believes that metas of various kinds of powers will instead be formed for The Flash Season 4 to serve as the weekly antagonists, emphasizing that most of the baddies that Barry deals with on the show are a product of whatever disaster happens at the end of each season. He did say that speedster villains will still be introduced in The Flash.
The Suicide Squad namedrop in the penultimate The Flash Season 3 episode, “Infantino Street,” when Barry and Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller) broke into A.R.G.U.S., is also said to be a tease for what’s to come in Season 4.
The YouTuber says that The Flash might create its own version of the group, which could include the likes of King Shark, Cheetah (a known Wonder Woman comic book villain), and Cupid (Amy Gumenick).
Arrow made this attempt in an earlier season with Deadshot (Michael Rowe) and Harley Quinn among others, but with the Suicide Squad movie coming out at that time, it was called off. However, it could be what The Flash that does in Season 4.
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