The Flash Casts DC Villain Girder for Multi-Episode Arc
Star-Crossed alum Greg Finley will join the cast of the upcoming Arrow spin-off The Flash as the supervillain Girder. Girder is a familiar name to fans of the DC comics, as they will recognize him from 2001's Flash: Iron Heights.
In the comics, Tony Woodward (later known as Girder) was thrown into a vat of molten steel as punishment for assaulting a female co-worker. As a result, his entire body is transformed into living iron, and his new body is gifted with super strength and near invulnerability. His only weakness is his tendency to rust. He was also part of a late iteration of the Rogues, an intriguing criminal collective that opposed Flash and adhered to a strict code of honor.
According to Zap2it, Girder's arc on the television series will be slightly different from his arc in the comics. The origin of his powers will be the same explosion that affords Grant Gustin his super speed, and it seems that he will have the ability to change his skin to metal at will, as opposed to simply being made of metal. Since he will reportedly only appear in two episodes (6 and 7), it is likely that he will not be part of any larger Rogues storyline, unless he returns later in the series. They've also added an emotionally charged backstory between Flash and Girder, in which Girder used to bully Grant when they were children.
Finley is a relative unknown, but appeared as an alien on the short-lived CW sci-fi romance Star-Crossed. He was also a regular on The Secret Life of the American Teenager, which was truly terrible, but had the distinction of introducing the world to the wonderful Shailene Woodley.