My reasons to suspect Emblem (admittedly very thin right now) are:
(beware spoilers if you haven't seen all 4 episodes)
-There's a menacing dark figure in the opening credits, and it kind of looks like him.
-You just *know* that the corporations are going to be revealed to be doing something bad at some point; the fact they all have names based on Greek Myths hints they are connected- and Emblem owns one.
-When Tiger was asked what the bomber looked like, he said that he looked "like any bad guy" but we saw him speak directly to the man (who was Black.) He hesitated a moment when asked, as if he found him familiar. And though the heroes are in on each other's identities, if you made your real persona one that looks outrageously flamboyant then your supposed allies might not recognize you out of make-up.
Besides that, I find it odd that no major villains- or even a regular menace- has been introduced yet. Then it hit me: what if it HAS and we just didn't notice? What if even the villain himself was shown but we couldn't tell because right now he's pretending to be one of the heroes?
You gotta admit, it would be a nice twist.
Why would he do something like that? Well my theory is that the bad guys decided to defuse the threat of all those heroic NEX Ts
by corrupting from the start, and set up the whole fame point system to keep their minds off doing *actual* crimefighting. And Flame might just enjoy the irony of being in the group that he subverts.
That's all WMG of my part, of course, but it's an interesting possible course for the show. Note I *don't* want Flame to be a villain, as the idea of a gay Black superhero is pretty rare even in American comics.
edited 25th Apr '11 3:33:07 PM by Sijo