In an episode of The Flash last season, you may remember that the name “Al Rothstein” was one of those who seemingly died during the particle accelerator explosion. Rothstein is the alter ego of Atom-Smasher, depicted as a hero in the comics. Now, the Atom-Smasher will be making his way onto The Flash next season, but he won’t exactly be an ally to Barry Allen (at least initially).
ComicBook.com has confirmed that former WWE superstar Adam “Edge” Copeland will play Atom-Smasher in the season two premiere of The Flash. The character will be a villain to Team Flash, rather than a hero. The CW’s description reads, “One of the most powerful enemies we encounter this season, Atom Smasher has come to Central City to kill The Flash. His incredible strength and ability to grow to enormous size makes him more than a match for Flash and the entire S.T.A.R. Labs team will have to come together to find a way to defeat him.”
In the comics, Al Rothstein also has connections to the Justice Society of America (JSA), a team that originates from Earth-Two. One member of that team is Jay Garrick, who will appear on The Flash this season. We will also be seeing plenty of Earth-Two characters in season two. Could Atom-Smasher be one of them?
Stay tuned for more as we have it. The Flash returns to The CW on October 6th.