In the DC Comic books, The Flash has a rogues gallery that matches Batman in terms of comic book scum and villainy. Both heroes tangle with costumed freaks who have their sights set of plots of crime and world domination. In the new TV series–a spin-off of another CW DC Comics-based hit, Arrow–which premieres this fall, The Flash (Grant Gustin) now has to contend with arguably his fiercest, most dedicated arch-nemesis, and the leader of The Rogues: Captain Cold.
Wentworth Miller (Prison Break) has been cast as Leonard Snart, a low level thug who, in trying to find money to take care of his ill sister becomes the villainous master of ice and cold. Captain Cold uses a freeze gun to freeze people in their tracks, and what better way to slow down the “fastest man alive” than by freezing him.
Miller, who is openly gay, was announced as a cast member at Friday’s The Flash panel at the Television Critics Association summer tour. Miller and his Leonard Snart are scheduled to appear in the fourth episode of the anticipated series and will be a reoccurring nemesis for Barry Allen and his speedy crimson-clad alter ego.
Wentworth Miller is no stranger to serialized television. Miller first found success playing Michael Scofield on Fox’s Prison Break as an architect who gets himself arrested and put into a jail that he designed in hopes of breaking out his innocent brother. The show ran for four seasons on Fox.
The casting of Miller comes on the heels of another bit of news from last week: the casting of Robbie Amell as Ronnie Raymond. As reported in The Inquisitr, Amell, who is the cousin of Arrow‘s Stephen Amell, will eventually become the hero, Firestorm.
The Flash is executive produced by Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg, who both also oversee Arrow, which is going into its third season this fall. Geoff Johns, the Chief Creative Officer at DC Comics and one of the busiest writers at the imprint, is also an executive producer on the new series. Johns famously resurrected Barry Allen in 2010 during the year-long Blackest Night DC Comics event. Allen originally died saving the world in Marv Wolfman and George Perez’s epic 1986 cross-over, Crisis on Infinite Earths.
Wentworth Miller will join Grant Gustin and Robbie Amell as the CW solidifies itself as the king of comic book based television. The Flash premieres on October 7th.