Almost a week ago, we reported that Plastique will be making an appearance in Season One of The CW’s The Flash. Today, from E! Online, we have confirmation that actress Kelly Frye will be playing the role of the supervillainess. Frye will be making her debut in the show’s fifth episode.
Kelly Frye is relatively new to TV. She’s had guest appearances on House M.D., The Mentalist, and NCIS: Los Angeles. Her latest appearance has been in the comedy-drama series Rake starring Greg Kinnear where she’s had a recurring role as Cindy Beck.
Plastique, aka Bette Sans Souchi, was introduced to the DC universe as a terrorist in Fury of Firestorm #7. She started out without powers, but later gained them through genetic engineering. This gave her the ability to project explosions outward from her body. In her first appearance in Captain Atom, she tried to invoke the secession of Quebec from Canada by attempting to assassinate the President of the United States and Prime Minister of Canada, and by attempting to destroy the Statue of Liberty and the Canadian Parliament Building. She later joined the Suicide Squad, but was brainwashed and abandoned when she attempted to betray the team on a mission. Becoming a mercenary for the United States government, Plastique eventually gained a pardon for her past crimes.
Outside of comics, the character of Plastique has only appeared twice in TV media. The first was in the episode Task Force X in Justice League Unlimited. The second was a live-action incarnation for The CW’s Smallville. Here, she was played by Jessica Parker Kennedy and gained her powers, the ability to produce explosions with her eyes, through the series’ commonly used plot device — a kryptonite meteor shower. The character appeared in the episodes Plastique, Injustice, and Shield.
For The Flash, Plastique’s characterization will be that of a young Second Gulf War veteran who gains the ability to make anything into an explosive via touch.
The CW will premiere The Flash on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 8:00PM EST.