Well Flash fans, it sounds like most of us already guessed who the season 4 villain of The CW superhero series would be. TVLine is reporting that sources are confirming that Clifford DeVoe, a.k.a. The Thinker, will be the one facing the Scarlet Speedster in season 4.
Though CW reps for The Flash had no comment about this news, most sources seem confident that it will indeed be The Thinker we’ll see. Add this news to the fact that executive producer Andrew Kreisberg previously said that season 4 would not feature a speedster villain and the fact that DeVoe was name-dropped this past season, and it seems likely The Thinker will indeed be Barry Allen’s next foe.
DeVoe was first mentioned in 3.18, “Abra Kadabra,” by the titular villain, who said: “There’s Thawne, Zoom, DeVoe … but none of them hurt you like Savitar.” Then in the third season finale, Savitar said, “This is where we came up with the cerebral inhibitor … to use against DeVoe.” When Barry asked about the name, Savitar replied with, “You haven’t gotten there yet.” Maybe The Flash is finally getting there.
In the comics, Clifford DeVoe is a genius inventor who used technology to make his infamous “thinking cap,” which gave him formidable mental powers. DeVoe was a member of the Injustice Society, as well as one of the Flash’s oldest foes. Originally introduced in 1943, he actually wasn’t a villain of Barry Allen’s Flash initially, but fought the original Flash, Jay Garrick, first.
“Struck by the supercharged fallout of a particle accelerator explosion, forensic scientist Barry Allen becomes the fastest man alive: The Flash! With his newfound time-warping speed and help from the S.T.A.R. Labs team – Caitlin Snow, Cisco Ramon and Harrison Wells – and his adoptive family, Detective Joe West and Joe’s daughter Iris, the Scarlet Speedster runs circles around other metahumans set on wreaking havoc in Central City, while traveling between alternate universes and protecting our world from otherworldly threats. Last season, new dangers arrived from a parallel earth known as Earth-2, under the direction of an evil speedster named Zoom. In Season Three, Barry faces the unknown – as he irrevocably alters the timeline by saving his mother from the clutches of the Reverse-Flash. The only question now is – as he wrestles with the consequences of his own Flashpoint Paradox, including the wrathful Speed God Savitar – will he be able to find a way out?”
The Flash season 4 will begin sometime in October on Tuesday nights at 8/7c on The CW.