Kiana Madeira Joins ‘The Flash’ In Recurring Role As Villain Spin
‘The Flash‘ has added Kiana Madeira to the cast for Season 5, taking the role of the villain Spin, it has been announced.
Madeira will play Spencer Young, aka Spin, a young aspiring social media influencer who seizes the opportunity to make herself famous when she discovers there is a new hero in Central City. This is a rather major departure from the comic book version of the character, although it does make some sense.
In the comic books, Spin is a male journalist called Auerbach. He is the son of a media mogul who comes across a man called Edwar Martinez whilst covering a story. Edwar has the ability to manifest peoples fears into real life, and by hooking up him to various devices in the media empires basement, Auerbach forces Edwar to use his powers to help him commit crimes.
The tv show has decided to gender swap and update the role to a female social media influencer, which I think makes sense in today’s world. It’s a pretty timely use of the character, given all the things that are going on in real life relating to hacking and the use of social media to influence people.
Kiana Madeira has recently been starring in ‘Sacred Lies’, which aired on Facebook’s US only streaming tv service (yes… another one…) called Facebook Watch. She has also popped up in episodes of ‘Wynonna Earp’, ‘Dark Matter’ and the pilot of Hayley Atwell’s short-lived series ‘Conviction’.
Maderia will join new “big bad” Cicada, played by ‘American Pie’ star Chris Klein, in the new villain line up challenging Team Flash this year. Cicada is “a grizzled, blue-collar everyman whose family has been torn apart by metahumans, Cicada now seeks to exterminate the epidemic – one metahuman at a time.” As we already know, Team Flash will have some extra speedster help from Nora Allen (Jessica Parker Kennedy), aka XS (although we still prefer the moniker ‘Baby Flash’), Barry and Iris’ time travelling daughter.