“The Flash” is introducing a new villainous speedster when the show returns for Season 3 this fall.
TVLine reported that the second main villain for the show’s upcoming installment will be Savitar. The CW announced the big bad’s addition to the Grant Gustin-led series at the Television Critics Association press tour on Thursday.
In the comics, Savitar was originally a Cold War pilot for a third-world nation. Once, while testing a supersonic fighter jet, his plane was struck by lightning, granting him super speed. He named himself after the Hindu god Savitr and dedicated his life to unlocking his powers’ secrets. As he studied his extraordinary abilities, he found out that he can protect himself in a null-inertia force field, give speed to objects or people and even heal his own injuries almost instantly.
At one point in the comics, Savitar recruited the speedster known as Lady Flash and used her powers as a catalyst to cut most of Earth's speedsters of their link to the Speed Force, transferring their speed to a group of his followers called the Thunderbolt Agents.
During “The Flash” San Diego Comic-Con panel last month, executive producer Todd Helbing said (via Variety) that Season 3’s second big bad, Savitar, will be introduced later in the installment, as it appears that Barry (Gustin) and company will first have to deal with villain Dr. Alchemy, who’s briefly shown in the trailer for the forthcoming season.
“He’s a bad dude and he’s going to be a formidable adversary to The Flash and everyone on the team,” said executive producer Aaron Helbing of Dr. Alchemy, who will be voiced by Tobin Bell — best known for providing the menacing voice of Jigsaw in the “Saw” film series.
The actors who will be playing Savitar and Dr. Alchemy in the flesh are yet to be announced.
"The Flash" Season 3 premieres on Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 8 p.m. on The CW.