It sounds like The Flash fans can look forward to the villain team-up to end all villain team-ups in season 5 of The CW’s DC TV series.
At the show’s panel at San Diego Comic-Con this weekend, it was revealed that Gorilla Grodd and King Shark will join forces against the Scarlet Speedster in the new run and in particular, during its latter episodes. The news came our way via executive producer Todd Helbing, who told the assembled crowd that, “We’re going to really try to get King Shark and Grodd [teaming up], probably in the second half.”
This continues the tradition of both villains appearing for at least one episode in each season of the show. Telepathic primate Grodd first debuted back in season 1 and has had quite the time of it since then, having been packed off to Earth-2, returning to Central City with an army of intelligent gorillas and even getting displaced in time in a crossover appearance on Legends of Tomorrow. In fact, the season 4 trailer for The Flash’s sister series featured Grodd as well, so we can look forward to the villain appearing on both of them this year.
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King Shark, meanwhile, debuted back in season 2. Unlike Grodd, he’s more animal than man, though he was once a human before his genetic make-up was changed due to the dark matter explosion. He then reappeared in season 3, now employed as a guard by his A.R.G.U.S. captors. Following that, he showed up for a welcome cameo in the Supergirl episode of last year’s big crossover “Crisis on Earth-X,” where he seemed to have once again escaped onto the streets.
Returning villains are all well and good, but season 5 will mostly focus on a new big bad. As has been rumored for a while but only just confirmed at SDCC, the next threat to Central City will be Cicada, a chilling cult leader who targets those that the Flash has rescued. Judging by the trailer, he might just be the creepiest villain the Fastest Man Alive has ever faced, and we’ll see for ourselves how Barry handles him when The Flash returns to The CW on October 5th.