“The Flash” is introducing another classic DC comic book speedster villain: The Black Flash.
“I will say that you might be seeing him on multiple shows,” showrunner Andrew Kreisberg teased after the CW DC comic book panel at the Television Critics Association’s Winter Press Tour Sunday.
Those shows, of course, include “Arrow,” “Supergirl” and “Legends of Tomorrow” in addition to “The Flash.”
The comic book villain, a kind of Grim Reaper for those who possess super speed, like Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) and Wally West (Keiynan Lonsdale), was at one point the moniker of Professor Zoom, played on “The Flash” by Teddy Sears.
The character was briefly glimpsed in the Season 2 finale, when Barry killed Zoom.
However, Sears may not return to play the new villainous role. As Kreisberg notes, the actor is a cast member on Fox’s “24: Legacy.”
“[Black Flash] is a classic character. We have storylines on multiple shows that fit having him around,” Kreisberg said about introducing the Black Flash. “There’s something so scary about him, something even scarier than when he was just the man, because now he is the Grim Reaper; he is the devil. How do you stop the devil? So it presents an interesting challenge for the heroes of the respective shows in which he appears.”
Kreisberg also updated reporters on the status of the planned musical crossover episodes of “The Flash” and “Supergirl,” noting what he’s most looking forward to is hearing Gustin and “Supergirl” star Melissa Benoist — both musical theater alums who appeared on “Glee” — sing.
However, the episodes won’t just be a fun interlude from the series’ respective ongoing storylines.
“When we get to the musical episode, both Barry and Kara will find themselves at pivotal crossroads on their respective series,” he said. “The experience of going through the musical will have a great impact on both series going forward.”
“The Flash” returns Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.