‘The Flash’ Season 4 Villain Explained: Who Is The Thinker?

Collider | 10/11/2017 | Evan Valentine
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Barry Allen has returned! And with it, the STAR Labs gang faced a lot of changes during the premiere of The Flash’s fourth season. While Barry was (willingly?) trapped in the Speed Force for around six month, Cisco, Wally, and Iris attempted to fill the void by fighting some minor metas who plagued Central City. After his grandiose return, though, Barry Allen will now have new major villains to tangle with in the forms of the Mechanic, Blacksmith, and most notably, the Thinker. Each season of the CW’s breakout hit has — so far — seen Barry facing off against dark versions of himself, in both power set and personality, as each main antagonist was a twisted speedster. This season, the EPs have promised that with The Thinker, the “evil speedster” model will no longer be a villainous focal point. Rather, this Big Bad will be an intelligent threat that leans more into the technological realm than the one of speed. The Thinker himself has been a villain of Flash lore since a time before even Barry Allen wore the tights, so the history there is an early one to be sure.

The Thinker, in terms of origin, is closest to the Batman villain Two Face in that they shared the same occupation before donning the look of a super villain. Once upon a time, Thinker was Cliff Devoe, the district attorney of Keystone City. A smarter-than-average individual, Devoe dedicated his life to attempting to quash all crime within the city’s limits. However, after losing a trial against one of the big mob bosses of Keystone, Cliff talked himself into joining the wrong side of the law, his ego unable to take the fact that it may have been his fault for losing all along.

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Following this series of events, Devoe spent...
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