Former Thinker Neil Sandilands is returning to the DC Comics-related sphere.
Deadline reports the actor, who portrayed the principal villain in the fourth season of The Flash, will co-star in Netflix’s upcoming adaptation of Jeff Lemire‘s Sweet Tooth. The series, originally published by DC Comics’ late, lamented Vertigo imprint, tells the tale of deer-boy hybrid Gus, who leaves his home in the forest to find the outside world ravaged by a cataclysmic event. He joins a ragtag family of humans and animal-children hybrids like himself in search of answers about this new world and the mystery behind his origins. Christian Convery, Dania Ramirez, Nonso Anozie, Adeel Akhtar, and Will Forte are set to appear in the series while James Brolin will serve as the voice of the narrator.
Sandilands joins as the self-appointed General Steven Abbot, the leader of a post-apocalyptic army who used the collapse of society to “reinvent himself and claim power, and he revels in his vaulted position, even if he believes he is only trying to help restore his country.” Sounds like the perfect role for a former Flash villain; particularly Sandilands, who can be sympathetic and menacing in equal measure.
The eight-episode series will be executive produced and ran by both Hap and Leonard‘s Jim Mickle and Beth Schwartz of Arrow fame. Robert Downey Jr., Susan Downey, Amanda Burrell, and Linda Moran also serve as executive producers while Team Downey’s Evan Moore will produce.
Production may begin early next month as the project won border exemptions from the New Zealand government to bring its cast into the country, but a recent COVID-19 outbreak in the country may delay the schedule.
Sweet Tooth should debut on Netflix sometime in 2021.