With the CW’s hotly-anticipated spinoff of their superhero drama Arrow quickly approaching, it was only a matter of time before casting announcements for The Flash TV series would start circling the internet. Joining Grant Gustin as the titular Barry Allen, aka the Flash, and Law & Order alum Jesse L. Martin as Detective West, actors Rick Cosnett (The Vampire Diaries) and Danielle Panabaker (The Glades, The Crazies, Necessary Roughness) will join the cast as Detective Eddie Thawne and Dr. Catlin Snow, respectively.
But why should you care, you ask? Well, that’s because those are the civilian names of two major DC Comics villains, Reverse-Flash and Killer Frost.
Here’s Wikipedia’s description on Reverse-Flash:
Eobard Thawne aka Professor Zoom, first appeared in The Flash #139 (September 1963). Originally, he is a criminal from the 25th century who found a time capsule containing the Silver AgeFlash’s costume. He is able to use a machine to amplify the suit’s speed energy, providing the abilities of the Flash as long as he wears it. In the process, the colors of the costume reverse, with the suit becoming yellow, the boots and lightning bolt highlights turning red, and the chest symbol’s white circle becoming black. He uses his speed to commit crimes.
They’ve changed his name for Eobard to Eddie, and I doubt very seriously the CW series will delve heavily into the time travel aspects of the character, but definitely points to Cosnett playing an evil version of the Flash.
As for Killer Frost:
Dr. Caitlin Snow is a scientist sent to S.T.A.R. Labs Outpost #72 in the Arctic to work on a thermodynamic engine whose creator has committed suicide. However, she soon discovers the place has been infiltrated by H.I.V.E. agents, when they tried to kill her inside the engine Caitlin frantically ripped of the coolant system merging her body with ice. Transformed in a heat vampire, she killed the H.I.V.E. agents and continued to search for other sources of heat eventually discovering Firestorm blasts can temporarily heal her condition.
[Killer Frost] ha[s] shown the ability to absorb heat from external sources and transmute it into waves of cold. Using these powers, Killer Frost can create an ice-sheen across her entire body. She can then generate objects composed completely of ice, such as projectiles (ice daggers) and defensive walls.
This description fits even better, as Panabaker’s character has been described on production notes as “a highly intelligent bioengineering expert who lost her fiancé during an explosion at S.T.A.R. Labs.” And while Frost has historically been more of a nemesis to DC B-lister Firestorm, her inclusion into the series may hint at an even further expanded DC television universe, even beyond what has been set up already in Arrow.