Edge talks about his debut on 'The Flash'
As reported on WWE.com in July, WWE Hall of Famer Adam “Edge” Copeland has been cast as the supervillain, Atom Smasher on the CW's hit show “The Flash,” which premieres its second season tonight at 8/7 p.m. CT. WWE.com spoke with the former Rated-R Superstar to discuss bringing DC Comics’ Atom Smasher to life on TV tonight.
WWE.COM: What can you tell us about your character, Atom Smasher?
EDGE: First and foremost, he is a bada**. I tried on the costume and the mask and looked in the mirror and just said “whoa.” This must be how Demon Kane feels when he puts on the mask every time. I was so excited to be a character in the DC Comics world and bring this well-known character to life. It’s a little bit of a different take from the comics — which is cool — but similar enough that comic fans will appreciate it.
WWE.COM: What does it mean to you, as a comic book fan, to play this role?
EDGE: This was on my bucket list. Obviously, being WWE Champion was my main goal in life, but when I started acting, the main thing I wanted to do was play a superhero or supervillain.
WWE.COM: Are there any similarities between your version of Atom Smasher and your WWE persona, Edge?
EDGE: No. The Rated-R Superstar was usually a vile and horrible human being who had some moments of being a good guy. Atom Smasher reminds me more of Kane or Brock Lesnar, except that he can grow to 15 feet tall. Atom Smasher vs. The Flash is like Kane vs. Rey Mysterio or Daniel Bryan.
WWE.COM: Will you always be wearing the mask or will WWE fans get to see your face?
EDGE: No. You guys will get to see my mug.
WWE.COM: So is Atom Smasher going to use The Spear?
EDGE: No, just because he doesn’t need to. He can toss around police cars. You really have to see this character on the premiere to believe him!
WWE.COM: Tossing around police cars?! “The Flash” is pretty well-known for its action sequences and special effects, so how physical was the role?
Basically, I did a 30-minute plank. It was a great workout. The next day, my butt was sore. That’s probably too much information.
WWE.COM: You are well-known to the WWE Universe for your uncanny charisma, so how different was it for you to portray someone who was more “Kane” or “Brock Lesnar” as you describe, and how does it compare to other roles you’ve had?
EDGE: It was much different portraying Atom Smasher. I’m 6-foot-4 and 240 pounds, which is average size in WWE, but in the world of television and movies, it’s huge. The first thing I had to wrap my head around when I walked on a set is everyone telling me a big I was. When I was on “Haven,” my nickname was “Sasquatch.” I had to put myself in the mindset that in the TV and film world, I am as big as Kane, who really is huge. My character Dwight on “Haven” was a big guy, but had some soft spots. Atom Smasher has none. He’s just a goliath.
WWE.COM: “The Flash,” of course, is a spin-off of “Arrow.” What did you think of “Arrow” star Stephen Amell’s match at SummerSlam?
EDGE: He did a good job. No matter what kind of shape you’re in, wrestling is a different kind of cardio, and there is no way to prepare for it other than wrestling every night. I briefly chatted with him beforehand and was happy to find out that he’s a lifelong fan and fellow Toronto-kid. For someone who used to go see WWE at Maple Leaf Gardens and went to WrestleMania VI, he got to live out one of his dreams of competing in WWE.
He wasn’t there to promote the new season of “Arrow,” because it was nowhere near the season premiere. He was actually in the midst of filming the season, which is crazy. Being the lead of that series and having everyone depend on him to show up for work, if anything had gone wrong in the match, that would have been very bad for everyone who works on that show. I respect the fact that he just wanted to do it because of how big a WWE fan he is.
WWE.COM: Do you think Green Arrow could hold his own against Atom Smasher?
EDGE: He’s got a lot of tricks up his sleeve, but Atom Smasher can grow to 15 feet tall and over a ton, so no.
Season two of “The Flash” premieres tonight on the CW at 8/7 p.m. CT. Also, catch Edge on the fifth and final season premiere of “Haven,” Thursday, Oct. 8 at 10/9 p.m. CT, following WWE SmackDown on Syfy.