The Flash live action series has redeemed itself. I watched episode thirteen, “The Trickster,” last night and greatly enjoyed it. Why? Because it had the goddamn Trickster in it!
The Trickster has always been a weird sort of supervillian. I mean, he’s sort of lame: his super power is MPD and a terrible sense of humor. Exactly like a certain (more memorable) Batman villian. But there’s also a lot of badass stories about him. The only reason to read all 52 issues of the 2007 Countdown series is for the Trickster/Piper storyline, which is absolutely phenomenal.
So how do you make the Trickster a good mainstream villian? You get Mark Hamill to play him, of course. Hamill did the voice of the Joker on Batman: The Animated Series, and here he more or less takes that voice and gives it a body. It’s amazing to watch. I thought Heath Ledger did a good job as the Joker in The Dark Knight, but Mark Hamill’s Trickster blows that out of the water. As he’s screaming “But I loved you!” and being dragged away by police at the end of the episode, I get serious chills. He plays the sadistic, unapproachable villian perfectly.