Dexter Myles

Dexter MylesIn Going Rogue, this week’s episode of The Flash, we had another couple of small cameos that made the comicbook readers happy. When Leonard Snart visits Central City Museum to find a weakness in the defenses and steal the Kahndaq Diamond, the very owner of the museum notices him, since he’s the first visitor he ever saw to go through the tour twice in a row, and proceeds to call Detective Joe West and to point him to the robber. He’s Dexter Myles, portrayed by Bruce Harwood, another known name for the readers. This version of him seems to be pretty faitfhul…apart from the fact that he’s the owner of a rather different museum. Let’s see togehter.

Very little is known about Dexter Myles’ early life: we don’t know where he was born, since for a certain time in his life he moved from town to town, following his neverending love for theatre and acting. Myles had always had the dream of playing real theatre, and his passion for William Shakespeare brought him into a specialised company. It’s arguable he worked with the company for quite some years, since the manners, movements and vocabulary (sometimes even dressing) of English Reinassance theatre. Dexter spent a satisfying life in the theatre, but eventually he grew old, and his theatre along with him. Nobody requested the Bard anymore, and his company soon disassembled, so Myles started to travel the dextermylescomics1country looking for opportunities. Eventually, he learnt that in Blue Valley a new theatre had been opened, and he went there looking for a job. Unexpectedly, he was offered a contract, but the employers didn’t want to give him what he deserved for the acting, calling him over and over again promising him to pay him “the next time”. Hungry and weak, Dexter ended up collapsing in the middle of a big street during a parade, just in front of a float: about to be flattened, he was saved by Kid Flash, who brought him to safety and buyed him something to eat. The young superhero ended up getting attached to the old actor: he decided to help him, and for first he found out that the ones who had hired him were just scoundrels looking for some mean fun. Kid Flash recommended Dexter to the festival oganizers, and they agreed to hire the old Shakespearian actor for the entire Summer. Myles was happy to work again, but when Summer ended, he was jobless once again.

Homeless and penniless, Dexter somehow arrived to Central City, again looking for a job in the big city. While wandering around, Dexter met three men he believed to be actors, since they were speaking about a play that would have taken place in a few minutes; before he could even tell anything to the trio, they ran away, leaving him with only a few information. Without knowing what to do, Dexter remembered Kid Flash’s kindness, and went to the Flash Museum to look for the “big” Flash and ask him for help. Against all odds, Felix actually found dextermylescomics2the hero, and asked him to bring him to the theatre in time for the play…but no play was in program: the ones he had been overhearing weren’t actors at all, they were robbers who had taken the place of the actual actors and were about to rob the theatre. Thanks to Felix’s information, The Flash arrived just in time before the robbers escaped by plane, and had them arrested. Grateful, the hero introduced Felix to the Flash Museum’s curator, and asked him to hire the old actor as a guide. Felix’s skills proved to be incredibly useful for his new job, and in no time he became the guide in the museum, thrilling all the visitors with his unique way of telling the stories of every object, costume or picture exposed in the museum (all the while dropping some casual quotes from Shakespeare in his presentation, of course). After some years working as the best guide the museum ever had, Felix was finally hired as the curator, quite an inevitable promotion since he had become the public face of the Museum for everybody.

Dexter Myles is an old but still passionate man, who loves theatre (the Bard especially) with all his soul and who always speaks with a characteristic embroidery that makes him recognizable everywhere. With the Flash Museum, Myles found his second calling, and even while working as a guide he feels like he’s on stage, telling stories of “gods and monsters”, or at least of the modern versions of them.

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