The Flash Adds Recurring Baddie [Spoiler] to Season 1's Rogues Gallery

Flash Casting Tony Woodward GirderThe CW’s The Flash is building an actual Rogues gallery to test its title hero in Season 1.

In addition to the Oct. 4 premiere’s villain (who for lack of a specific moniker is the Weather Wizard) and the casting of Prison Break‘s Wentworth Miller as Captain Cold, TVLine has learned that Episode 6 of the freshman action-drama will introduce the recurring character of Tony Woodward aka Girder.

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Per DC Comics lore, Woodward was a bratty steelworker who upon being dunked in a vat of molten metal that had been tainted by S.T.A.R. Labs waste emerged as a mass of iron, impervious to most anything (save for rust. No, really).

The CW series’ casting call for the recurring role describes the character as someone who used to bully young Barry in the schoolyard. Now, as a result of a twist of fate, Woodward is “a grinning lunkhead who loves destruction,” an “unstoppable force… who can transmute any part of his body into solid steel.”

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Assuming Brian Austin Green is busy (#SmallvilleNeverForget), hit the Comments with your own casting ideas for this recurring adversary.


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  1. Drew says:

    I guess they’re really really departing from the Arrow universe here. It is hard to imagine these worlds existing together. I hope they make it work though. Maybe they can pull this off in more of a Fringe style than a Small ville style.

    Not that I hated all of Smallville, but it doesn’t seem to fit the new direction of DC properties.

    • Moment says:

      Both shows will continue to exist in the same universe, they’ll just draw characters from the comic material. Or should I say give their take on the characters.

      • Drew says:

        Yeah, but it’s a departure from the more grounded style of Arrow. The Flash seems to be going all out comic book-y. So it’s hard to imagine the two styles existing together.

        • JLK says:

          I see what you’re saying, and I agree that it could be a problem. For now, I’m looking at it like Starling City is kind of like Detroit in that it could be great, but has a lot of problems and work to do to get there. I love Detroit. I love seeing how it’s coming back slowly but surely. But, it is still a darker, grittier kind of place in general. Far too much of the city is still boarded up and deserted. It’s still suffering from inept and corrupt leadership, etc. So, it’s always seemed to me like there are a lot of parallels there with Arrow’s Starling City, which gives the setting a darker, grittier feeling and, in turn, a darker, grittier kind of tone for the show.

          On the other hand, we don’t know much about The Flash’s Central City, so, for now, I’m imagining it as being more like Chicago or New York. It’s got a lot more going for it overall, and while it’s not lacking in problems, they’re a bit more contained. They’re the kind of problems that people hear about, think how awful, and then shrug off as normal consequences of an urban settings. So, it’s the kind of place where The Flash will never be bored, but he’ll never be dealing with things like half the city needing to be rebuilt because it’s a devastated wasteland, like they do in Arrow. So in other words…same universe…just different, less intense problems to deal with in Central City.

  2. I’ve read comics for 30 mumble years and I’ve never heard of Girder.

  3. #SmallvilleTryToForget

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  5. Lil bankz says:

    When would the flash reach places like africa such as sierra leone??? Cuz smallville produced in 2001 or so, didn’t arrive at sierra leone till 2010…pls smeone just tell me when