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Normally, I might try to tease out exactly who I mean by “best villain” (completely ignoring that he’s probably in the feature image right above this sentence), but you already know who I’m talking about. The Flash only has one Best Villain and his name is Gorilla Grodd.
That’s right; he’s back. During The CW’s presentation at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour, executive producer Andrew Kreisberg announced that episode’s 13 and 14 of the current season would take us to Gorilla City, according to TV Line. This being The Flash, it should be a given that multiple universes are involved. If you remember the last time we saw Grodd, Barry knocked him through a portal to Earth-2, where he finds Gorilla City. Whatever happens in the upcoming episodes will likely bring the psychic apes back to Earth-1
And yes, there’s more than one psychic ape. The Gorilla City two-parter will introduce Solovar, a second psychic ape who, in the comics, is the leader of Gorilla City. Solovar has grown the city into a technological power, and his reign is pretty much unchallenged. Or it would be if it weren’t for Grodd who has tried (and succeeded) to take it over. We’ll see how much of this story makes it into the TV show when it airs in late February.
Gorilla City in The Flash episode “Gorilla Warfare.” (Via CW)
Solovar will be voiced by Keith David, an actor you’ve almost certainly seen before. He’s been working since 1979 and has appeared in countless movies, TV shows and video games. Most recently, he was in The Nice Guys, but many will remember him from John Carpenter’s They Live. He is a phenomenal actor, both in front of the camera and behind a microphone, and I can’t think of a better choice to voice Solovar opposite David Sobolov’s Grodd.
Gorilla Grodd has been one of The Flash‘s most surprising villains. One of the show’s biggest strengths is its ability to make some of the silliest comic book villains work on modern television. More than that, the show takes them seriously and makes them matter. A giant psychic gorilla shouldn’t be anything but ridiculous, but The Flash has made him into a formidable and interesting villain. With that in mind, Gorilla City could be one of the highlights of the season. We only have a little more than a month until we find out.