We have known for some time that the villain for Season 4 of ‘The Flash’ would not be a speedster thanks to an announcement made by Andrew Kreisberg at Paleyfest back in March, but we still were unsure of who the big bad would be, until now. It has been confirmed that villain Clifford DeVoe, aka The Thinker, will be the main villain for the next season of ‘The Flash,’ though how much of his comic book persona and powers will carry over onto the show we do not yet know.
In the source material, the Thinker is a supervillain who has telekinesis and mind control abilities (given to him through technological means), who usually works behind the scenes to mastermind the schemes of other criminals, and was even once a member of the Suicide Squad. Most likely in the Arrowverse incarnation of the character he will have received his powers from the particle accelerator explosion (the gift that keeps on giving for the show), but I could see him be that kind of mastermind character for the first part of the season, orchestrating villains of the week to go up against Team Flash to either test his adversaries or keep them distracted while he works on his real plan.
For anyone paying attention while watching ‘The Flash’ this season, the reveal of next season’s big bad should not come as that much of a surprise, as they hinted at the villain a few times throughout Season 3. The first mention of DeVoe was when Barry went up against Abra Kadabra, a villain from the future of Earth-19, who said the following to Barry, “There’s Thawne, Zoom, DeVoe… but none of them hurt you like Savitar.” And then there was the comment from Savitar himself in the finale when he was walking around STAR labs with Barry and comments “This is where we came up with the cerebral inhibitor… to use against DeVoe.” Of course, when Barry asks who DeVoe is, Savitar merely comments “You haven’t gotten there yet.”
What are your thoughts on DeVoe going up against Barry, Wally and Team Flash? Do you think he will use his mind control abilities to turn Killer Frost against the team once more? Share any theories or opinions you have down in the comments section below!
Source: TV Line
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