The Flash’s Original Reverse-Flash Actor Wants To See Villain’s Origin

The Flash's Original Reverse-Flash Actor Wants To See Villain's Origin

Matt Letscher, who portrays the original Eobard Thawne a.k.a. Reverse-Flash on The Flash, hopes to see the supervillain’s origin story in the future.

WARNING: This article includes SPOILERS from The Flash season 8 episode 19

Matt Letscher, who plays the original Eobard Thawne a.k.a. Reverse-Flash on The Flash, hopes to see the supervillain’s origin story in the future. Since the show premiered in 2014, the Arrowverse drama has not shied away from using the majority of the Scarlet Speedster’s rogue’s gallery. The Flash’s Rogues members have ranged from characters like Captain Cold, Heatwave, Mirror Master, and Pied Piper, to evil speedsters such as Reverse-Flash, Zoom, Savitar, and Godspeed. However, throughout the course of The Flash’s run, Eobard Thawne has been the central antagonist of Barry Allen’s story.


While The Flash has mainly used Tom Cavanagh as Reverse-Flash, there is a story reason why Eobard looks like Harrison Wells. Despite having Harrison’s face, the villainous speedster has a different look underneath, with Letscher sharing the role with Cavanagh. After having not been on The Flash since season 3, season 8 brought Letscher back for a multi-episode arc, involving a love story with Meena Dhawan a.k.a. Fast Track. Despite having lost his memories, Letscher’s return as Eobard was short-lived after the events of The Flash season 8 episode 19.

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Following the massive Reverse-Flash cliffhanger in part 1 of The Flash season 8 finale, Letscher opens up on Instagram about his latest Arrowverse return. While opening up about getting to reprise the role of the popular DC baddie, Letscher talks about hopes for his Eobard in the future. Even though The Flash did its semi-reboot of the Reverse-Flash, Letscher expresses his desire for the show to one day do the villain’s origin story. Check out the original post below:

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Given the many twists that The Flash is capable of, it wouldn’t be shocking for the Arrowverse drama to bring Letscher back down the line. While The Flash has touched upon Eobard’s background, the show has never gone fully into his backstory. During The Flash: Armageddon, Cavanagh’s Reverse-Flash got a little more specific how he and the Scarlet Speedster became foes to begin with. Despite the ending of The Flash season 8 episode 19, there is always a chance that Letscher’s Eobard, in one way or another, re-emerges, perhaps from another timeline.

Whether The Flash could ever go to Reverse-Flash’s actual future remains to be seen. Given that Eobard was born sometime in 2151, seeing a future like that would be insanely VFX-heavy, and that may be financially challenging for a show that is eight seasons in. Even if Reverse-Flash’s big origin story is never explored, Letscher’s Eobard is more than likely to be back on The Flash at least before the show ends. Whether that will be in The Flash season 9 or a potential season 10, Letscher is just as instrumental to Reverse-Flash’s story as Cavanagh is. There is still the moment from The Flash season 1 finale in which Barry sees his future self and Letscher’s Reverse-Flash fighting the night Nora Allen gets murdered, and that story may at some point be fully explored. Hopefully, there will be room to see more of Letscher’s Reverse-Flash before The Flash comes to its ultimate end.

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Source: Matt Letscher

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