Via The Hollywood Reporter, Clancy Brown, famous as the voice of Lex Luthor in DC’s animated universe, will be joining The CW’s The Flash as General Wade Eiling. The character will make his first appearance in Episode 5 of the highly anticipated show.
Clancy Brown is no stranger to stories that deal with the awesome and fantastic. He was catapulted to fame as the Kurgan in 1986’s cult-classic Highlander starring Christopher Lambert. His large repertoire of roles in television and film span a library of hits and classics starting from 1983 to the present. Famous feature films under his belt include the aforementioned Highlander (1986), Extreme Prejuidice (1987), Shoot to Kill (1988), Blue Steel (1989), Past Midnight (1991), Pet Sematary Two (1992), The Shawshank Redemption (1994), Dead Man Walking (1995), Starship Troopers (1997), Flubber (1997), The Guardian (2006), Pathfinder (2007), Nightmare on Elm Street (2010), Informant! (2009), and Homefront (2013). His television credits include The Dukes of Hazzard, China Beach, Tales from the Crypt, Earth 2, The Outer Limits, The Mighty Ducks, ER, The Practice, Lost, Law & Order, and Sleepy Hollow. Brown’s voice acting isn’t just relegated to the portrayal of Lex Luthor in DC’s animated realm. He’s also featured in a multitude of other animated ventures spanning DC, Marvel, Disney, and other properties.
General Wade Eiling, a.k.a. the General, first appeared in Captain Atom #1 in March of 1987. The General is the one who blackmails Nathaniel Adam into participating in an experiment that turns Adam into Captain Atom. The same experiment is later repeated on another individual and Major Force is created. When Adam goes missing, the General marries Adam’s wife and acts as the father to Adam’s two children. The General continues his manipulation of Captain Atom by making him go on missions for the exchange of seeing his own children. Later, suffering from a brain tumor, the General transfers his mind into the indestructible body of Shaggy Man. Throughout the years, the General has had run-ins with the JLA and Justice League, and has allied himself with the Injustice Gang. Later, he is recruited into the Society and, eventually, into the Suicide Squad.
This will be the first live incarnation of General Wade Eiling. Past incarnations have been in the DC animated shows Justice League Unlimited and Young Justice. In Justice League Unlimited, the General actually injects himself with a super-soldier serum, which turns him into an indestructible, monstrous being. He has also made an appearance in the Nintendo DS video game Justice League Heroes.
The CW will premiere The Flash on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 8:00PM EST.