The Flash Season 8 Adds Tony Curran as Despero

One of the Justice League’s first enemies is about to make his live-action debut on The Flash. Deadline brings word that Tony Curran has been cast as Despero in the show’s eighth season.

In the comics, Despero appears as a monstrous alien who rules over the planet Kalanor. He also possesses a third eye on his forehead that gives him the power of mind control along with telekinesis and telepathy. According to The Flash’s description of the character, the series will introduce Despero after he leaves Kalanor “under mysterious circumstances.” He’s also “facing a deadly mission on Earth, one whose outcome will decide the fate of humankind and put him on a collision course with Team Flash.”

The show’s take on Despero will also have telepathic powers like his comic book counterpart. However, it’s not clear if he will be using any of his other abilities. Obviously, Curran isn’t exactly a dead ringer for the classic supervillain. So unless the producers are planning to give Despero a more human appearance, he will likely be a CGI creation.

Curran was most recently seen in Showtime’s Your Honor. He has also made recurring appearances on shows like Ray Donovan and SEAL Team and was previously a series regular on SYFY’s Defiance. He also appeared in two episodes of Doctor Who as Vincent van Gogh.

The Flash season 8 premieres on November 16 at 8pm on The CW.

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