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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Firestorm and Plastique Cast In Flash T.V. Series!


The Arrow spin-off series The Flash is adding more superheroes to it's roster, and Firestorm and Plastique are just some of the recent comic book heroes and villains that will hit prime time for the highly anticipated television series. So who is the lucky actor and actress to play these DC Comics characters?

First up is Robbie Amell who has been cast to play Ronnie Raymond, also known as the DC superhero Firestorm. Robbie Amell also starred in the television series Tomorrow People, and is the cousin of lead star Stephen Amell in the Arrow t.v. series. Robbie Amell as Ronnie Raymond is slated to appear in episode 3 of The Flash's first season. Talk about stepping into a hot role.

For those of you who don't know about Firestorm, the original Bronze Age Firestorm was composed of two people - High school student Ronnie Raymond and physicist Martin Stein. Both were caught in a nuclear accident that somehow fused them into Firestorm. Ronnie remained in control when in Firestorm form, while Martin Stein's conscious was a voice of reason for the character. Firestorm debuted in the late Bronze Age in the comic book Firestorm the Nuclear Man #1 volume 1. This first appearance of Firestorm was published March, 1978, and the character was created by Gerry Conway and Al Milgrom. The issue also sees the first appearances of both Ronnie Raymond and Martin Stein, as well as the origin of the Nuclear Man.


That's not all though for the goodness and recent announcements. The ladies definitely aren't left out of the superhero action for this new television series and will seemingly get to kick butt as well. The gorgeous actress Kelly Frye has recently been cast to play the supervillainess known as Plastique, the alter ego of Bette Sans Souci. Kelly Frye has appeared on various t.v. shows such as NCIS: Los Angeles, Body of Proof, and the Mentalist. The character of Plastique is no newbie to the small screen though. She has already appeared in the Smallville television series, but was a younger version of the character.


As for the character, it seems the creators of the show will twist the origin of Plastique quite a bit from the comics, which should not be that big of a surprise to fans by now. This departure has been reported to see the character of Bette San Souci exposed to energy released by a S.T.A.A.R. Labs meltdown, which will enable her with the the power of turning any object she touches into a lethal explosive device. After the events of her television origin, it's also been leaked that the U.S. government will be on the hunt for Plastique to naturally turn her into a human weapon for not so great purposes, and she ultimately becomes an ally of the Flash for this version for the Flash television series. It's uncertain if she will be a villain or a hero in the show.
   
However, in the comics, Plastique is known as a terrorist and her plans in blowing up the offices of the News Express was thwarted by Firestorm. After the escapade, Bette Sans Souci was put in prison, but her lawyer brought her an experimental serum developed by "The Doctor" for the Project Bomb-Burst terrorist group. Injected with the serum, Bette gained the power to project explosive concussive blasts from her fingertips. Plastique was created by Gerry Conway and Pat Broderick. The first appearance of Plastique is in The Fury of Firestorm #7 and was published in December, 1982.

So more Bronze Age goodies to consider and we'll see if these comics heat up like the Flash t.v. series is expecting to do. The Flash show airs in October. 

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