Recently, I wrote a post musing on the possible identities of The Flash‘s mysterious Harrison Wells. In that post, I relayed one fan theory: Harrison Wells is Zolomon, AKA the future villain Zoom, who can travel through time. In the comics, Zolomon is crippled by Gorilla Grodd, a hyper-intelligent, telekinetic gorilla. It’s this event that eventually transforms Zolomon into Zoom and destroys his friendship with The Flash. In this week’s episode of The Flash, we either got confirmation of this theory, or it was totally blown out of the water. I genuinely have no idea.
In the final moments of the episode, we have our first real glimpse of Gorilla Grodd. In a flashback, we see General Wade Eiling and Wells arguing over Grodd, who seems to be a test subject of some sort. General Eiling wants to take Grodd away, but Wells won’t allow it, saying that he has “a whole other future” planned for him. Does that mean other plans like…turning him into an evil nemesis of The Flash? Or is he only trying to protect Grodd from more cruel experiments? Hmm.
Now, this is a really different version of Grodd than what we know from the comics. For starters, in the comic canon, Grodd is given his powers by an alien attack or a radioactive meteor, depending on what universe you’re reading. The point is, he’s not a test subject of S.T.A.R. Labs or a creation of any scientist. They’re obviously taking a different route here, but I think that makes sense. There are some things that just won’t translate well to the screen, and I think the telekinetic king of an African gorilla colony might be one of them.
So, Grodd is locked up in S.T.A.R. Labs and he’s under Harrison Wells’ control – or at least, he was. In the pilot of The Flash, we had a very quick glimpse of an empty cage, with the nameplate GRODD dangling from the bars. Grodd is free – but did he survive? Did he escape during the explosion or did Wells set him free? And does this fit in with Wells’ (fake) wheelchair status?
So many questions! What do you think? Are you looking forward to a mind-controlling CGI gorilla on The Flash? I think I kinda am.