Cecile O’Malley

Cecile HortonThere’s yet another character who’s been introduced in this week’s episode of The Flash, and not a hard one to spot. In Who Is Harrison Wells?, detective Eddie Thawne is incriminated for two murder attempts actually committed by Hannibal Bates, and the one prosecuting him is Central City‘s District Attorney, Cecile Horton, portrayed by Danielle Nicolet. Cecile Horton is the married name of a well-known comicbook character, Cecile O’Malley, who is here at her first live action appearance. There are some differences we can spot from the beginning: in the show she’s Afro-American, while in the comics she’s a redhead of Irish origins; in the show she’s a DA, while in the comics she’s a simple lawyer, even if she’s The Flash‘s lawyer… Let’s see together.

Born in Central City, Cecile was the daughter of Jack O’Malley, a cop from Central City Police Department. As all little girls, Cecile grew up worshipping her father, whom she saw as a real hero. In Central City, however, a “normal” hero had to deal with superheroes everyday, and Jack was no ecception; unfortunately, “super” was a title also villains claimed, and with a protector as The Flash, many supervillains targeted the city trying to get their revenge on the Scarlet Speedster (or just to make themselves a name as the ones who killed The Flash). One of this lunathics, the extremely strong and invulnerable Goldface, challenged The Flash, telling the hero he would cecileomalleycomics1have killed one policeman a day until he surrendered to him: The Flash didn’t intervene, and Goldface killed Jack O’Malley for first. This event sent young Cecile into a deep depression, depression that soon became rage towards the so-called hero who didn’t prevent her father’s murder while he could. Wishing to fight for the good cause like her father did, the right and law-abiding way, Cecile entered college and studied to become a lawyer. During college she met the man who would have become her husband, Garrett Horton, and they finished their studies together. Unfortunately, the marriage didn’t last long, and the two got divorced; since Cecile had started her career as “C. Horton”, she kept her husband’s name, and associated herself with a famous law firm in Central City. When the Flash murdered his nemesis Professor Zoom snapping his neck in front of dozens of witnesses (he was trying to protect the bride during the marriage of Barry Allen), the hero chose Peter Farley, a colleague of Cecile, as defense lawyer. Unfortunately, the villainous Rainbow Rider decided it was a good time to hit his enemy, and he nearly killed Farley to prevent him from defending The Flash. Quite unexpectedly, Cecile Horton was asked to replace Farley, and she became the defence attorney of the man she hated the most on the planet.

The cooperation didn’t start exactly well, as the Pied Piper followed Rainbow Rider’s example and tried to kill Cecile: she miraculously survived her apartment’s bombing, and she added the murder attempt to the many reasons she hated her client. Cecile didn’t make a mystery of her feelings towards the hero, but never revealed to him why she despised him, making him quite confused; the trial, obviously, wasn’t going too well, as one of the key witnesses for the prosecution, the hero’s protege Kid Flash, testified that the lethal force used on Professor Zoom wasn’t necessary…and Cecile didn’t do much to prove otherwise. Finally, The Flash demanded explanations, and Cecile told cecileomalleycomics2him everything about her father, blaming him for his death: that night, The Flash told her that Goldface just pretended to send a message to him for the challenge, actually attacking the police with no warning: he didn’t know of Goldface’s attack on the department but after it had happened already, so he couldn’t have saved Jack O’Malley’s life. Cecile, who had learnt to know Flash a little during the time as his lawyer, believed him, and she finally could let all her burden go, crying in his arms. She then resumed her job as a lawyer, this time for real (even if it wasn’t simple, since every single foe of The Flash was now targeting both hero and attorney). Putting the pieces together, she even found out that The Flash was Barry Allen, so she had the elements to prove that The Flash’s actions on that day were to be considered justifiable homicide, since it was his future wife to be targeted by the psycho speedster. Cecile’s plan was to unmask her client in front of the jury, but the hero saw through this, and asked a friend to take his place, foiling Horton’s plan. Things got even more complicated as police captain Darryl Frye claimed Professor Zoom was still alive…and was bringing down all The Flash’s enemies, one by one. Zoom himself presented himself to the jury, and sent them back in time to witness his own murder, giving them first-hand evidence of the hero’s guilt. After this, the virdict was inevitable, and the jury found The Flash guilty of second degree murder. Cecile Horton had lost…and it was the first time she did, especially with the murder’s victim still alive and kicking. Something was definitely wrong…

Cecile Horton, née O’Malley, is a determined woman, gifted with an intuitive intelligence and a tactician’s mind that allow her to win nearly every trial she’s involved with. She strongly believes in justice, and following her cop father’s footsteps she fights for the good cause, but in a different way than costumed superheroes: the right, official way, that avoids puniching people and calls for evidence, investigations, and a proper trial.

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