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The Flash: Bloodwork's Co-Creator Reacts to the Villain on TV

As the writer on The Flash comic book series for over four years, Joshua Williamson has added many new elements and characters to the Scarlet Speedster’s enduring mythos. Several of those creations have already been adapted to television, including Godspeed and Black Hole.

Another one of Williamson’s co-creations, Bloodwork, has played a major role in The Flash Season 6. Portrayed by Sendhil Ramamurthy, Bloodwork served as the main antagonist for the first half of the season before resurfacing by the season’s end. Williamson was pleasantly surprised how prominently Bloodwork appeared in the Arrowverse beyond his initial expectations.

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“In regards to the TV show stuff, I was surprised that Bloodwork was something they picked up and ran with and used as much,” admitted Williamson in an exclusive interview with CBR. “I remember when I heard they were using him as a villain, I thought they were using as a monster-of-the-week kind of thing. And then he ended up being the main villain for the first eight episodes of the season; that was really surprising.”

Bloodwork was introduced by Williamson, Pop Mahn and Christian Duce in 2017’s The Flash #29 (vol. 3) as a villain with the power to control blood to transform his body in terrifying ways. His powers were slightly altered and expanded for his Arrowverse incarnation as he menaced Barry Allen.

The Flash stars Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Carlos Valdes, Danielle Panabaker, Tom Cavanagh, Jesse L. Martin, Danielle Nicolet and Hartley Sawyer. The season premiere will air in January of 2021 and continue its Tuesday night timeslot at 8 pm ET/PT on The CW.

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Longtime Flash writer Joshua Williamson reflects on the prominent role of his co-creation Bloodwork in The Flash Season 6.

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