Flash Season 4: Introducing the Atom Villain Dwarfstar

The next episode of The Flash is called 'Honey, I Shrunk Team Flash' and introduces another DC Comics villain, but this time not one from the Flash comics. Actor Derek Mears, who has already appeared as Bruidian Ambassador on The Orville and a Kree Captain on Marvel's Agents of SHIELD, will now be taking a turn as Sylbert Rundin aka Dwarfstar. From the trailer this appears to tie into whatever crime Big Sir (Bill Goldberg) was accused of committing and Team Flash is trying to clear him.

Flash — "Honey, I Shrunk Team Flash" — Image Number: FLA412b_0196b.jpg — Pictured: Derek Mars as Sylbert Rundin — Photo: Bettina Strauss/The CW — © 2018 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved

In the comics, Rundin is very far from being a nice guy. He's a rapist and serial killer that haunts the dormitories of Ivy University. Created by Gail Simone and John Byrne in All-New Atom #2 (2006), Rundin gets a hold of a bio-belt similar to the one Ryan Choi uses as the Atom. He took on the name Dwarfstar and was a major villain for the Atom, even to the point that Rundin hired Deathstroke and his team to kill Choi. As Dwarfstar he also worked with the Secret Six for a while. He was eventually beaten and tortured by Giganta for what he'd done to Choi. In hopes of a lighter sentence, Rundin confesses to Ray Palmer that he hired Deathstroke. Palmer tells Rundin that having betrayed Deathstroke, he's as good as dead.


How the series will used Dwarfstar isn't clear. He has the ability to shrink things including people as we've seen in the trailer he's shrunk Cisco (Carlos Valdes) and Ralph (Hartley Sawyer). The source of his powers remains to be seen. Is this something he could do previously and it's involved in what got Big Sir busted, or are his powers new, like as a result of being on the bus? That would seem to be a bit too convenient that Barry (Grant Gustin) would be friend someone involved with one of the new metas… but you never know. But if he's half as twisted as he is in the comics, the team will have their hands full.

The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on the CW.

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About Dan Wickline

Has quietly been working at Bleeding Cool for over three years. He has written comics for Image, Top Cow, Shadowline, Avatar, IDW, Dynamite, Moonstone, Humanoids and Zenescope. He is the author of the Lucius Fogg series of novels and a published photographer.
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