Welcome to Flash Facts, a new weekly column dedicated to discussing the various comic book references, Easter Eggs and other cool facts about The Flash, CW's new superhero show. While I'll attempt to be as thorough as possible, I'll definitely miss a reference here and there. If I miss something, feel free to comment or shoot me a Tweet at @OH_IGW, and I'll gladly add it in and credit you. If you enjoy this column, be sure to check out Arrow Annotations, which discusses similar references over on Arrow.
General Eiling - This week's antagonist is General Wade Eiling. In the comics, Eiling was a military general who blackmailed Nathaniel Adam into participating in an atomic experiment after Adam was convicted of murder. After the experiment backfired and Adam was presumed dead, Eiling married Adam's wife and adopted his two children. After Adam was discovered to be alive, Eiling blackmailed him again and forces him to become the government controlled superhero, Captain Atom.
After Eiling was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor, the general stole the dead body of the DC villain the Shaggy Man and transferred his brain patterns into the body. Now virtually invulnerable, Eiling fought the Justice League in his new body several times before getting recruited into the Suicide Squad.
In DC's New 52 continuity, an unpowered Eiling came into conflict with Captain Atom, Firestorm and Killer Frost.
Eiling was created by Cary Bates and Pat Broderick.
Eiling appeared in the Justice League animated series as a Cadmus agent who blackmails Captain Atom into acting as a mole for the US government against the Justice League. Eiling later transformed himself into a grotesque monster using the Captain Nazi movie and fought several non-powered Justice League members in an episode inspired by the Seven Soldiers of Victory superhero team.
Eiling is portrayed by Clancy Brown, whom DC fans may recognize as the voice of Lex Luthor from the Superman and Justice League cartoons. Brown has voiced a number of comic book characters in various cartoons and video games, including Taskmaster (Ultimate Spider-Man), Gorilla Grodd (Robot Chicken DC Special), the Red Hulk (Hulk: Agent of SMASH), Mister Freeze (The Batman), Negative Man (Doom Patrol DC Nation short), Parallax (the Green Lantern live action movie), and Odin (Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes).
Plastique - Plastique first appeared in the comics in The Fury of Firestorm #7 as a Quebecois separatist trying to force Quebec into breaking away from the rest of Canada. She later fought against Captain Atom several times before reforming and falling in love with him. After serving on the Suicide Squad for several missions, Plastique was granted a pardon and briefly married Captain Atom. Their marriage collapsed due to political disagreements and Plastique eventually returned to a life of crime. Plastique has also appeared several times in the New 52 as a villain. Plastique was created by Gerry Conway and Pat Broderick.
In the comics, Plastique can't transform objects into explosives, but instead has the ability to project explosive force from her hands. She was originally portrayed as having no powers, but gained her abilities through unknown means.
This isn't the first time that Plastique has appeared on live action television. A modified version of Plastique appeared on Smallville. In that show, Plastique gained her powers via kryptonite exposure and could cause objects to explode via a special type of beam shot from her eyes. Plastique also appeared in a Justice League Unlimited cartoon episode as a member of Task Force X (aka the Suicide Squad).
Cameron Scott - While trying to track down Plastique, Cisco mentioned that one of Plastique's emergency contacts was named Cameron Scott. In the comics, Cameron Scott was Captain Atom's alias for a time.
Human Bomb - Plastique was referred to as a human bomb several times in last night's episode. In the comics, the Human Bomb was the name of several superheroes with powers similar to Plastique's.
Dr. Harold Hadley - Plastique briefly confronted Dr. Hadley, whom she believed was responsible for giving her powers. In the comics, Hadley was a member of the research team that gave Captain Atom his powers, and assisted Captain Atom during his superhero activities. He was later revealed to be a mole planted by the Manhunters to keep an eye on Captain Atom and was destroyed.
Officer Vukavich - Officer Vukavich makes his second appearance on the show. The elderly police officer made his first appearance in the pilot episode. No clue who Vukavich has any links to the comics, but I love when background characters have recurring roles on these shows.
Boomerang - While testing Plastique's powers, Cisco had a boomerang for Bette to throw. This was probably a nod to Captain Boomerang, a Flash villain who'll be appearing in the upcoming Arrow/Flash crossover.
Channel 52 -Channel 52 made another appearance on the show at the end of the episode, when Eiling explained to reporters that the explosion in Central City bay was an underwater explosives test.
Grodd - Gorilla Grodd makes his first appearance in the show. We discussed Grodd's history in the comics during the Flash Facts for "City of Heroes". Grodd's mental powers were hinted at when Harrison Wells indirectly mentioned that he was a test subject for a military experiment to develop mind readers.
And that's it for this episode! See you all next week, and thanks for reading!