‘The Flash': Chris Klein Joins Season Five as DC Comics Supervillain Cicada

San Diego Comic-Con 2018: Klein will play bad guy created by Scott Kolins and Geoff Johns in 2001

Last Updated: July 21, 2018 @ 6:27 PM

The CW’s “The Flash” has found its big bad for the show’s upcoming fifth season — Chris Klein (“American Pie,” “Election”) has signed on to play the supervillain Cicada, it was announced Saturday at San Diego Comic-Con 2018.

Described as a grizzled, blue-collar everyman whose family has been torn apart by metahumans, Cicada now seeks to exterminate the epidemic — one metahuman at a time.

First introduced in DC Comics in 2001 and created by Scott Kolins and Geoff Johns, Cicada is an apparent immortal who murdered his wife during a thunderstorm sometime in the early twentieth century. Filled with regret, he tried to kill himself, only to be struck by lightning, which gave him a vision that he’d live forever and bring his wife back to life. Years later, he formed a cult that murders people saved by The Flash, stealing their energy in order to prolong his own life.

Per “The Flash” Season 4 logline, after out-thinking The Thinker, you’d hope that Barry Allen aka The Flash (Grant Gustin) might have some down time to contemplate his future with his new wife, Iris (Candice Patton). But with their speedster daughter from the future, Nora (new series regular Jessica Parker Kennedy), already grown and a part of their lives, they’ve now got to face Central City’s newest menace — the DC Super-Villain Cicada!

“The Flash” season five premieres Tuesday, October 9, at 8/7c on The CW. The show is executive produced by Greg Berlanti, Todd Helbing, Sarah Schechter and Eric Wallace.