The identity of Hunter Zolomon aka Zoom has been subjected to numerous debates and speculations ever since the character made his first appearance in Season 2 of CW’s “The Flash” TV series. Such debates have now been put to rest. In the February 23 episode of Season 2 entitled “King Shark,” it was revealed that the face under Zoom’s hideous mask is none other than that of Jay Garrick (Teddy Sears) himself.
This was particularly difficult for the fans to grasp, but an interesting twist nonetheless. Zoom reveals his face after dropping the body of the man on the ground who appeared to be Jay Garrick back on Earth-2. This might be confusing to some, but in the show, there are multiple universes and each universe has different versions of the same person. However, no explanation was given as to the significance of the reveal.
We know from the comics that Zoom is Hunter Zolomon. This could mean that that man who was projected to be Jay Garrick’s doppelganger from Earth-1 was in fact Zolomon. Thus, Zoom is from Earth-1 himself but there is also the prisoner in an iron mask. The reason behind Zoom keeping him locked up is not revealed yet. However, Zoom does show him the body of Jay Garrick. There is a possibility that the prisoner might be the real Jay Garrick himself. In fact, Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) and Jessie Quick (Violett Beane) discover that the man in the iron mask is repeatedly spelling three letters on his cell’s glass – J,A,Y. When Barry interprets the prisoner’s intent to be an inquiry about Jay Garrick, he tells him that Garrick is alive and well. However, the prisoner shakes his head in frustration and defeat and eventually proceeds to slam his fists and metal mask against the glass cell. Perhaps he was trying to convey to Barry that he is the real Jay Garrick which Barry misunderstood. It seems very likely.
“Zoom’s identity has been revealed: He is Hunter Zolomon, aka Jay Garrick,” executive producer of “The Flash” Andrew Kreisberg told Entertainment Weekly. Well, to be fair, Garrick had earlier revealed to Caitlin Snow that his Earth-1 doppelganger was named Zolomon and not Garrick. So, if one connects the dots, it’s not unfathomable, but the implications of this reveal is.
“How all of that plays out and what’s actually happening, we’ll leave for after the break,” Kreisberg told EW. “But we wanted to go out on this run of episodes with a big reveal, just the same way we did at the end of episode 9 in season 1, where we revealed that Harrison Wells was the man in the yellow suit. Zoom’s identity is finally revealed.”
For more details and explanations regarding the shocking reveal, fans will have to wait until “The Flash” returns on March 22 this year.
For those who can’t wait till March 22, another version of “The Flash” is set to appear in a cameo role in Zack Snyder’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” which will premiere in the US on March 20. Ezra Miller will play Barry Allen in the movie.