Today, Variety announced that The CW has found it’s Professor Zoom in the Flash/Arrow universe. Straight from the showrunners Zoom in season two of The Flash will be voiced by none other than Tony Todd. Producer Andrew Kreisberg went onto reveal that Todd was selected specifically because of his voice:
“Last year, with the Reverse-Flash, we just modulated Tom Cavanagh’s voice, and this year we wanted to do something a little bit different. Part of the mystery of the season is who or what is underneath the Zoom outfit, and so we wanted to do something like James Earl Jones as Darth Vader — this iconic voice coming out of this mask. Last year, we thought of the Reverse-Flash as a speed warrior; this year, Zoom is like a speed demon, and no one does demon-voice better than Tony Todd.”
While it’s unknown if he will also play the character in live-action the producer went onto to reveal the differences between the Reverse-Flash and Zoom yet having similar motives on the surface:
“For us, the best villains are the ones who don’t have megalomaniacal ‘I want to rule the world’ motivations. Last year, the Reverse-Flash had a very simple goal which was, ‘I just want to go home, and if people need to die or cities need to get wasted for me to get that, so be it.’ And Zoom has a very similar, personal goal this season… simple and easy to understand, and very primal. And just as with Wells last year, Zoom doesn’t care who gets hurt or what gets destroyed in the service of him getting his goal.
Zoom will first be introduced in the second episode “Flash of Two Worlds” this season will also introduce other fan-favorite speedsters Jay Garrick and Wally West.