Everyone on earth knows Thomas F. Wilson as Biff Tannen, but his reach into geekdom is deeper than any manure pile. His bullying ancestry aside, Tom Wilson has touched almost every corner of fandom, appearing in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman and Knight Rider, as well as voicing characters in Superman: The Animated Series, The Spectacular Spider-Man, Adventure Time, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Gargoyles, Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger (with Mark Hamill), Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, Pinky and the Brain, Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions, Star Wars: The Old Republic, and even duet-ed with Weird Al. It’s hard to imagine a fandom that he hasn’t been apart of in some way.
Not to mention my two favorites, as Coach Fredricks In Freaks and Geeks and Tony Zucco in Batman: The Animated Series, the guy who killed Robin’s parents in the Emmy award winning episode.
Thomas Wilson’s relationship with BTTF has always been…hesitant, to say the least. He often refuses to answer questions or sign memorabilia related to his Biff character or the franchise. Not out of disrespect to the films, but out of a desire to be known for more than just the villain of an cultural phenomenon. He famously used to hand out this card to people who would recognize him on the street.
During the SDCC DC’s Legends of Tomorrow panel, he was announced as taking the role of Hank Heywood in the next season the show. According to a breakdown EXCLUSIVELY brought to you by us here at That Hashtag Show, Hank Heywood is “loved by many, but his son Nate is not one of them. Their relationship is a very mixed one as Hank is always on his son’s back for not doing more with his life. Having served in the military, Hank is now working for the Department of Defense… Hank takes traditional values very seriously such as patriotism and sacrifice. But he isn’t being a dick about his beliefs and while Nate may have had his list of failures in life; Hank loves his son as much as a father possibly could.”
In the comics, Hank is the original Commander Steel from in March 1978 (The same year and month I was born, by the way.) This version of the character didn’t have the ability to turn to metal, rather was more of just a cyborg- part man, part machine gaining his powers from a surgery after an attack on his base during WW2 left him for dead. He had his own limited series, but mainly appeared in issues of the All-Star Squadron.
It is unlikely that his character will be apart of the main cast of the show, but will obviously have friction with Dr. Nate Heywood (played by Nick Zano) as fathers and son.
Bringing Thomas Wilson into a show about time travel is an obvious Easter Egg to Back To The Future, but it also continues a long of great geeky parts for this talented actor.
DC’S Legends of Tomorrow returns to the CW Monday, Oct 22 at 9pm!