Flash season four continues it’s deep dive into the DC Comics archive to find villains for the new show. Deadline is reporting that Kendrick Sampson (White Famous) has been cast as Dominic Lanse aka Brainstorm. According to reports, Lanse was an affable TSA agent who becomes a metahuman with the ability to read people’s minds, but has no control over it. He is likely another person from the bus that was affected by the Dark Matter effect created when Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) returned from the Speed Force in the season premiere. He would join Kilg%re (Dominic Burgess), Hazard (Sugar Lyn Baker), Ralph Dibny (Hartley Sawyer), Weeper (Matt Afonso) and Black Bison (Chelsea Kurtz) as the other metas already revealed.
Brainstorm first appeared in 1964 in the pages of Justice League of America #32 by Garner Fox and Mike Sekowsky. The villain created a helmet that would allow him to use ‘stellar energy’ to create any object he could imagine. A variation on the Green Lantern. He would also used the helmet in a completely different way, stealing the powers of the Justice League and giving them to random people. Another time, Axel Storm (his real name) returned and gave each member of the JLA a physical disability. He’s also used it to created duplicates of himself and turn the JLA into drone slaves. In other words, the helmet could do whatever that month’s writer wanted it to. This is not the version they’re using.
A second version, Dominic Lanse, was created by Eric Wallace and Gianluca Gugliotta in the pages of Mr. Terrific #2 (2011). He is a former scientist who gained the ability to absorb intelligence after an accident. He was working on the ability to download someone’s intelligence into a machine, and where he succeeded, he gained the ability to download an human or machine intelligence into himself. He also had the ability to mentally push others, like Mr. Terrific, to do things they wouldn’t do… like homicide. This doesn’t quite sound like the description of the character either, but we’ll have to see.
Besides White Famous, Sampson was a recurring role on How To Get Away with Murder and has appeared on The Vampire Diaries, Gracepoint and Supernatural. He is slated to appear in next weeks midseason finale.
The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8 PM on the CW.
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