CW’s The Flash may be the most popular television superhero to date. We all remember how excited everyone was to see Grant Gustin show up in Arrow as Barry Allen and then later in his own show. The first season was a big success as he was up against his arch nemesis Eobard Thawne aka the Reverse Flash, played by at the time Tom Cavanagh, who later ended up being played by his real identity, Matt Letscher. Since then, in season two he faced off against another speedster Zoom, played by Teddy Sears, and this last season another speedster, Savitar. It’s safe to say that watching the same idea of Barry Allen trying to catch up to another speedster is getting played out.
We have to keep in mind that The Flash is one of the most powerful superheroes in the DC Universe. A perfect example of this is Flashpoint; in an emotional moment he went back to save his mother and completely altered history with serious consequences. With that said, this makes it difficult for writers to come up with believable villains for The Flash, although I will say that I am a big fan of the Rouges. So, going forward will writers continue to write evil speedsters to take on The Flash?
Thanks to ScreenRant we have the answer to that question. In a short answer while speaking at the TCA 2017 summer press tour, The CW president Mark Pedowitz said, “I think we’re done with speedster villains.” Instead of another speedster, The Thinker will now rise as the next adversary for Barry Allen and his team. Pedotwitz also said that this new season would take the series back to the early years of the show where the tone was a lot lighter.
This season will kick off with Barry Allen stuck in the speedforce. Meanwhile, back in central city, team Flash will receive some help in the form of Ralph Dibny aka Elongated Man, played by Hartley Sawyer. We will also continue to see Caitlin, played by Danielle Panabaker, battle her cold side, Killer Frost. Hopefully, the show can go back to a lighter tone to make it more enjoyable. I understand that they felt like they had to go darker as each villainous speedster needed to pose a bigger threat than the last, but as a result it completely changed the tone of the show.
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