A casting breakdown for the upcoming fifth season of The Flash has revealed details about the show’s next big bad, as well as hinting at their true identity.
Team Flash had only just defeated Clifford DeVoe/The Thinker in the Season 4 finale, “We Are The Flash” when trouble came literally knocking at their door. Ending with Jessica Parker Kennedy’s mystery girl, who had been popping up throughout Season 4 (starting with the Crisis on Earth-X crossover) showing up on the doorstep on the West family home, it was revealed that, as many fans suspected is Barry and Iris’ future daughter, Nora.
“We Are The Flash” has left it to Season 5 to explain why Nora broke her father’s number one rule – don’t travel back in time – though it stands to reason that Nora’s actions to fix a huge “mistake” she has made, are somehow connected to the show’s Season 5 big bad. And while we don’t have any inkling of what Nora’s “mistake” could be, there are new details on the identity of Season 5’s mysterious antagonist.
The Hashtag Show has accurately revealed casting breakdowns for the show’s key players before and now they have revealed a breakdown for Barry’s Season 5 foe. The Flash is casting an open ethnicity 40-something man to appear in Season 5 as “Desmond Paull”, a semi-immortal metahuman who has the ability to disable the powers of other metahumans, and blames other super-powered individuals for his own suffering.
Desmond is said to be a mission to rid Central City of its metahumans in Season 5, leading THS to believe that the character is The Flash’s version of comic villain David Hersch a.k.a. Cicada.
Created in 2001 by Geoff Johns, Cicada gained his powers after being struck by lightning in an effort to kill himself, and attracts a following that attempts to kill everyone Barry has ever saved as The Flash. Since he didn’t gain his abilities from the explosion that gave the other Central City metahumans their powers, it would explain why he hasn’t showed up until now.
The Flash executive producer Todd Helbing didn’t confirm Cicada as the villain for Season 5 in his recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, but he did explain that the Season 4 finale originally included a credits stinger that set up the next big bad:
“What happens more often than not is, we shoot a lot of stuff in the finale that gets cut. So for time we had to cut it. It was gonna be the tag at the end of the episode. But we’ll get it out; the public will see it before the season starts. Maybe we’ll release it online or at Comic-Con. But yeah, it just it came down to a time thing.”
Reading between the lines, it seems that Nora is responsible for creating Season 5’s big bad, be it Cicada or not, which will give the villain an interesting personal connection to Barry, and set up storyline that will see Barry on a crash course in parenthood as he helps his grown daughter fix her mistakes.
The Flash returns to The CW this fall.