Things have been much slower in The Flash’s world. No, I don’t mean in terms of the CW show’s pacing, but rather the number of Speedsters present. Jesse and Wally are both gone, and that’s pretty much left Barry Allen to protect Central City on his.
Sure, this is something that is addressed in the plot, but according to executive producer Andrew Kreisberg, there were other big reasons as to why they’ve been reducing the number of Speedsters as of late.
“There are things that will become clear as the season goes on. For us, it’s difficult having two speedsters on the show, just creatively and financially. There are a lot of times where Barry had to get knocked out so Wally could save the day, or Wally had to get knocked out so Barry could save the day. Just even in knocking them out, that cost a lot of money. And then just also creatively, having to go through that scenario a lot. Wally is not gone, certainly from the Arrowverse. He’ll be back on The Flash, and more exciting stuff about Wally will be revealed as we move forward.”
These are some of the sad realities of network TV. A lot of times, these shows have to cut their budgets tremendously. Plus, when you’re having to make 20-plus episodes a season, you’re often caught in a pickle between having enough characters to carry on the plot, and having too many characters with too similar abilities.
In the past, The Flash HAS gone overboard on their Speedsters, so to someone like me, this scaling back is actually welcome. It’s nice for them to allow Barry Allen to be the main guy again, as having too many heroes can definitely get crowded after a while.
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