Flashpoint Paradox Week: C. Thomas Howell Interview
They call him Professor Zoom, the Reverse Flash, and Eobard Thawne. He is the nemesis of The Flash/Barry Allen because he also has the ability to utilize the Speed Force. He is also the main supervillain in Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox. And he is played by a rookie to the animation field. But, certainly not a rookie actor. Very few actors have as many titles in movies and TV attached to their name (160) as C. Thomas Howell.
If you’ve been paying attention to movies and TV over the last 30 years, you’ve seen C. Thomas Howell in everything from The Outsiders, Red Dawn and Soul Man, to his more recent roles on The Amazing Spider-Man, Southland, and Criminal Minds. My favorite was The Hitcher. That movie scared the crap out of me.
C. Thomas Howell has been acting, non-stop, since his debut in E.T., the Extra-Terrestrial in 1982. So, you can understand that he may have had a little experience being a “bad guy” from time to time. I would go as far to say that he knows how to play a pretty good bad guy. So, when he was picked to make his animation debut as Professor Zoom in Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, there was plenty of experience to pull from, and they pulled all of it for this one. C. Thomas Howell’s performance, which was terrific, seemed like it was coming from a seasoned voice actor. When you take a look at our interview with him at San Diego Comic-Con, you’ll hear him talk about how Voice Director Andrea Romano does what she always brilliantly does, utilizing his vast experience, letting him be the character, and bringing out a superior performance.
We want to thank C. Thomas Howell for sharing his time with us at San Diego Comic-Con, and a special thank you goes out to Gary Miereanu and Warner Bros Home Entertainment for the interview session, the panel, and the World Premiere Screening of Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox.