Kevin Smith wants a different main villain for Season 3 of “The Flash.”
In a recent Instagram post, Smith — who is directing the installment’s Episode 7 — joked about bringing DC Comics baddie Gentleman Ghost to the CW series.
“I'm trying to convince the fun folks on @cwtheflash to use this low budget version of #GentlemanGhost as the main villain in Season 3,” he wrote on the social networking site, alongside a photo of himself with what appeared to be a man hiding under a piece of white cloth.
“He's old school @dccomics,” Kevin said of the comic book character. “But even still, everyone seems spooked by the idea.”
In DC lore, Gentleman Ghost is the spirit of a 19th Century gentleman thief named Jim Craddock, who returned to the living side of the world as a ghost to commit further crimes. Craddock, who was originally killed by Nighthawk, was doomed to wander undead until his killer’s spirit left the mortal plane. That, however, will never happen since Nighthawk is a reincarnation of Khufu and would later be reborn as Hawkman.
Gentleman Ghost was created by Robert Kanigher and Joe Kubert. He first appeared in 1947’s “Flash Comics” #88, and has become a member of the Injustice Society and the Secret Society of Super-Villains.
While Gentleman Ghost won’t be appearing on “The Flash” anytime soon, Barry (Grant Gustin) and his team still have a lot on their hands next season as they are going to face two main villains, namely: Dr. Alchemy (voiced by Tobin Bell) and Savitar.
Dr. Alchemy, as his name indicates, is an alchemist. “He can take X and turn it into Y,” “The Flash” executive producer Aaron Helbing told Collider at the Television Critics Association summer press tour last month. “That mirrors what happened with Barry when Barry was just this normal CSI who was happy go lucky, and then he got struck by lightning with the dark matter from the Particle Accelerator. That was almost a form of alchemy, where it changed him into The Flash.”
Savitar, on the other hand, is more of a “psychological villain in a weird way,” Aaron’s brother, Todd, told IGN. “I think the Hindu word for Savitar means God of Speed; he’s all about speed,” Todd added. “Everything about this guy is different. I can’t go into super detail, but he's not like Zoom or Reverse Flash.”
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“The Flash” Season 3 premieres on Tuesday, Oct. 4, at 8 p.m. on The CW.