The Flash: New Clues About The Man In The Iron Mask
March 23rd, 2016 | by William Owens
The Flash is back and our very own William Owens is here to give his thoughts as the identity of the man in the iron mask.
New clues point to the true identity of the man in the iron mask or at the least shed a light on the possible candidate. The Flash is returning on March 22nd after a short (irritating) break with Trajectory as the minor villain but everyone wants to know who the man in the iron mask really is. Honestly, I feel that anything or anyone else on the show, is just a filler until the mystery is finally solved. I have scoured the internet, searching for clues to the identity of this mysterious individual and I have compiled my findings here.
I realize that many of you have your own theories and I’d love to hear them!
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So let’s get started shall we?
The Flash: Inspiration For The Iron Mask
If you are not familiar with the 1998 movie The Man in the Iron Mask then spoiler alert! Leonardo DiCaprio plays twins who are separated by a diabolical plan to rule the world. Okay, maybe not the WORLD but France was pretty powerful and King Louis XIV was a cruel and unjust ruler who cared more about power than the plight of the average villager. He imprisoned his twin brother, the true heir to the thrown, and continues to rule with an iron fist. So with that being said, let`s look at the similarities between this story line and The Flash`s Man in the Iron Mask as well as the possible solution to the conundrum. First, we look at the twins themselves.
We know that The Flash left us hanging with that cliffhanger reveal of Jay Garrick (or Hunter Zolomon) as Zoom but this question remains: Are we dealing with two Jay Garricks or four?
Jay shows Caitlin who we presume is Hunter Zolomon and gives us a short backstory about this man in the park. Is this Zoom?
Were they working together the whole time?
Maybe Jay Garrick is a twin like the Cobalt Blue story line in the Flash comics. Barry has a twin that he never knew about, who later becomes a speedforce villain. What if they have combined Jay Garrick and Hunter Zolomon into this story line and Zoom and the man in the iron mask are actually the Earth 2 twins?
Hunter Zolomon could just be an innocent bystander in this whole crazy story or he could be the missing puzzle piece. The man in the iron mask spells out Jay to Barry while he was imprisoned on Earth 2 and he looked very shook up by Barry`s response. So my theory is that this man is Earth 2 Hunter Zolomon and Jay has imprisoned him after using the Velocity formula to gain immeasurable power. This is very close to the story line of The Man in the Iron Mask movie. One twin wanted all the power and locked his brother up so that he could go unmatched. Zoom says that he complicated matters after “killing” the other Jay but what is he really talking about. Obviously there is an endgame and I think it has to do with this twins from two Earths theory.
Only time will tell who is behind the iron mask but until then I am completely standing behind this theory. There are plenty of pictures that put side by side comparisons together and I feel that they closely point to Jay(or at least a version of him). I have seen pictures that show distinctive markings on both actors, hand comparisons as well as neck and hair comparisons. There was a reference to the P.O.W. code that was used between Barry and the man in the iron mask that connect Jay as well. Also in the comics, Jay has his own Reverse Flash known as Dr. Edward Clariss. There is a lot of unanswered questions here but we have been promised an explanation by the producers.
Dominick Torrez is a character from Prime Earth created by Geoff Johns, known as Prisoner of War and if you get a chance to look into him, take it! Very interesting and when I initially started looking into my theories, I came across this gem. There was a very short period of time that I thought maybe this could be the man in the iron mask.
Last but not least I give this picture of Atom Smasher, the first villain to test Barry this season. Is it me or does his helmet resemble the man in the iron mask’s?
This could just be a coincidence or Zoom crafted both helmets for different purposes.
Let me know what you guys and gals think! Hit me up @TheNerdstir!