The Flash has had a funny relationship with the Rogues over its first four seasons. The group of supervillains that plague the Scarlet Speedster’s life in the comics have occasionally teamed up on the show but usually they appear separately as villains-of-the-week. In season 5, though, we could see the next generation of Central City’s worst criminals.
During The Flash panel at San Diego Comic-Con, showrunner Todd Helbing promised that a new group of Rogues was coming. “We will be doing a younger version of The Rogues,” he said, before explaining that this is part of the big theme this year of legacy and what we leave behind us, and it turns out this also applies to the villains of the show.
Of course, two of the most beloved members of the original Rogues include Wentworth Miller’s Captain Cold and Mark Hamill’s Trickster. While we’d love to see more of them, both actors seem to have said goodbye to the Arrowverse, as Hamill’s obviously busy with the Star Wars franchise while Miller announced he was leaving Leonard Snart behind last year.
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Given that, it makes sense that we’ll get legacy villains who might even take on the alter egos of the original Rogues. After all, the Trickster’s son, Axel Walker, appeared last season. It’s also possible that these younger Rogues could be from the same future that Nora Allen/XS is from. We know that Barry’s speedster daughter has made some “big mistakes” in coming back to the past, so maybe leading her foes to contemporary Central City is one of them.
Continuing on, Helbing explained that the overarching theme of legacy will also mean that there will several deaths coming this season, which causes the characters to think about their own legacies.
“There will be a lot of deaths this season. I think everybody’s thinking about what it means after they leave.
The Flash season 5 will speed onto The CW on Tuesday, October 9th.