The Flash Family welcomes a new speedster, but exactly what does it mean for Team Flash and especially Barry and Iris when the arrival of their “future daughter” opens up a whole new box of crazy in Season 5 of THE FLASH!
Congratulations! It’s a girl! Leave it to superheroes, not withstanding all the labor pains and all, the cliffhanger of Season 4’s The Flash revealed that newlyweds Barry (Grant Gustin) and Iris (Candice Patton) had been stalked all year by a “mystery girl” who finally introduced herself as Nora West-Allen — their daughter (wait for it) from the future! If it wasn’t for her timely intervention, Nora played by new series regular Jessica Parker Kennedy, the final outcome of The Thinker’s dastardly plan might have been drastically different!
So why did Nora, after revealing herself to her family, make that cryptic announcement that she’s made a “terrible mistake”? Certainly the dangers of time-traveling, or more specifically traveling back in time, have become a poignant plot thread in previous seasons of The CW hit series based on the DC Comics character. So why does time-travel keep creeping back into the series’ story arc, and how does the threat of a new villain, the long-lived cultist Cicada played by new series regular Chris Klein play into Nora’s arrival in The Flash’s present? Stay tuned!
Fans won’t have long to wait for the premiere of Season 5, of The Flash which launches Tuesday, Oct 9 and is promising to be one of the most dramatic and exciting seasons yet, raising expectations indeed. Among some of the threads that will be further explored this coming year is more of Caitlin Snow (Danielle Panabaker) and her backstory, which will include the introduction of her father. It is being speculated that Caitlin has in fact always been a super-powered metahuman and that she’s had control over the cold since she was a child.
The latest publicity art (as seen on E! News) from the upcoming season puts the West-Allen Family front and center and also further details Nora’s super suit and her alter-ego of XS. Many eagle-eyed fans may have also noticed that The Flash himself is undergoing some changes. Series show-runner Todd Helbing is promising that the super suit will be much more closely aligned with the character’s classic look from the comics, and will also introduce the hero’s ring which has been teased before.
Season 5, of The Flash premieres Tuesday, Oct 9 on The CW.
Daddy’s Mystery Girl has been revealed but with the emergence of their future-daughter in the midst comes an entirely new wave of problems including a “big bag” that may be looking to carve the heart out of Team Flash in the trailer for the upcoming new season!
Among the most anticipated moments at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con was the appearance of the now more robust cast of The Flash which has expanded to include new series regulars Hartley Sawyer who plays Ralph Dibny / The Elongated Man and Jessica Parker Kennedy who was revealed to be none-other than Nora West-Allen, the daughter of Grant Gustin and Candice Patton’s Barry Allen / The Flash and Iris West-Allen. If the series has proven anything it’s that time-travel can be problematic!
So does the arrival of the pair’s future-daughter mean that something is amiss with the future? There must be because Nora admits that she’s made a “terrible mistake” and is now trapped here in the present. The cast were gathered at SDCC to reveal some of the upcoming Season 5’s biggest twists and turns, including the confirmation that the “big bad” will be portrayed by Chris Klein and will be the cult leader Cicada. A merciless murder who steals from the Speed Force with the use of a mystical dagger.
Though the villain was originally intended as a tease in Season 4’s cliffhanger finale, the episode was packed with wrapping up the arc and setting in motion the introduction of Nora, who Barry fears may “Marty McFly herself out of existence” unless they can find a way of getting Nora back to where she’s supposed to be. The trailer also includes Keiynan Lonsdale as Wally West / Kid Flash although it was confirmed that the actor declined to return to the show or join the cast of the spin-off DC’s Legends of Tomorrow as was first reported.
Among some of the highlights to be spotlighted in the new trailer, is the fan-favorite Flash ring, which has been hinted would be handed over to Barry (Gustin) ever since it was first revealed in Season 1 as the Reverse-Flash’s favorite mode for concealing his dual-identity. The Flash also stars Danielle Panabaker and Carlos Valdes; Panabaker’s frosty alter-ego Killer Frost will also be further explored next season, as the actress makes her directorial debut decidedly adding to her impressive resume and helming an episode in Season 5.
Check out the Season 5 trailer to The Flash here in this Entertainment Tonight SDCC “Exclusive”:
The Flash returns with new episodes to The CW in October and will air Tuesday @ 8/7c.
At this year’s San Diego Comic-Con fans will have an opportunity to ask the cast of The CW’s THE FLASH questions about the upcoming new season which will expand upon the Flash Family legacy.
In just a week, thousands of fans will descend upon San Diego for the biggest fan convention in the world! San Diego Comic-Con has evolved into the most coveted event of the season, a celebration of all-things in “Geek-dom” that have inspired the popular rise of the comic book, science-fiction and fantasy genre. This year DC will be holding court unveiling its brand new subscription service DC Universe though fans will be gathering to hear about what will be coming up in the fall for their favorite returning CW series including The Flash.
The series starring Grant Gustin and Candice Patton ended its Season 4 with the shocking revelation that the Flash Family have a new addition to the family in the form of a daughter, Nora Allen-West (played by new series regular Jessica Parker Kennedy). After preventing The Thinker from enacting his master plan, the “mystery girl” that had been hiding in plain sight all year long, revealed her identity in the cliffhanger, opening the door to five-months of speculation as to what exactly she may have meant by “made a big mistake”.
Besides time-travel which we know has never proven a good idea in “Flash World” the next season is shaping up to be the first in the long-running adventure series’ run to really dive deep into much of the speedster’s legacy. The announcement that Keiynan Lonsdale will not be returning to either The Flash or DC’s Legends of Tomorrow as a regular character in his coveted role as Wally West/Kid Flash has left may fans wondering about the fate of that significant character given Season’s five potential storyline.
Audiences attending The Flash panel at SDCC on Saturday, June 21 will be treated to the first, full gathering of Season Five’s growing cast which has extended to recruit Harley Sawyer who will be joining the team once again as Ralph Dibny/The Elongation Man and rumors have begun to circulate that next year, Iris (Candice Patton) will be introducing Ralph to a colleague, a young woman named “Sue”. Of course igniting great anticipation for another of the DC Comic’s universe greatest love stories between Ralph and Sue.
Can’t get to SDCC this year? The CW is making easy to ask the cast questions via social networking using the hashtag #askCWSDCC all fans have to do is post a question as a video for a chance to be featured on Facebook Live! The Flash returns for a new season in October, along with the entire DC primetime line-up on The CW. #StayTuned
Before she was an intrepid reporter covering the rise of Central City’s Scarlet Speedster The Flash’s CANDICE PATTON was always a certified “fangirl” and she’s proving it in this exclusive interview with Fangirling…
From the moment she stepped into the shoes of Iris West on The Flash Candice Patton assumed the inevitable responsibility that went along with the very iconic character that has been a part of the DC Comics’ mythology since her Silver Age introduction. Patton made it very clear she had little interest in playing Central City’s lead reporter as a damsel in distress, but positioned Iris as a hero all of her own.
Entering into the Fourth Season of The CW hit series, Iris took a more formidable role as the leader of “Team Flash” and since marrying her one-true love, Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) she’s continued to play a pivotal role in The Flash’s adventures and even wielded the power of the Speed Force for a recent episode. Now the actress shares with Fangirling in an exclusive interview her own experience empowering and inspiring other young women as a role model in entertainment.
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It’s going to take more than one Flash to stop a nuclear device from turning Central City into a crater! The latest episode of The CW hit series reinforces the importance of The Flash’s legacy with guest appearances from the Flashes of two worlds!
This season of The Flash may well test the metal of its titular hero in a way that previous seasons wouldn’t have dared to tread. After successfully traversing the multiverse and sifting through space-time itself, Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) has come face-to-face with an adversary that is as quick with his wit than the Scarlet Speedster is on his feet. When it was announced that The Thinker, Clifford DeVoe (guest star Neil Sandilands) would enter into the picture many “Flash” fans were ready for a new kind of Battle Royale!
Season 4 of The Flash hasn’t disappointed in tripping things up very differently for the protectors of Central City. Previous years had audiences walking into this world of super-powered metahumans alongside a largely untested hero who found himself at the center of the impossible. Barry Allen has come a long way since going to the mat with the likes of evil speedsters like the Reverse-Flash and Zoom, and faced his worst nightmare when confronted with his evil twin in the godlike Savitar.
With The Thinker setting off fires all over the city, The Flash has found himself in the line of sight of an evil mastermind with only one goal in mind, and that’s to bring down Barry Allen’s alter-ego. In the latest episode of the season “Enter Flashtime” while DeVoe’s plans continue to unravel in the background, Team Flash find themselves at the mercy of terrorist organization that has set off a nuclear device that will decimate all of Central City, unless The Flash can find a way to stop it. Fortunately for him — he doesn’t have to do it alone!
Joining the team in their efforts this episode will be Jesse Quick (Violett Beane) the Flash of Earth-2 and Jay Garrick (John Wesley Shipp) the Flash of Earth-3. This will be the first episode actually this season since the departure of Kid Flash that will be bringing together the comic book’s legacy characters, proving that when all else fails — this is a job for the Flash Family! Jesse Quick’s return has been hinted at for sometime, since her father Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh) has been conflicted with how he and his daughter parted ways recently.
Certainly the pair will be able to resolve their issues, but also popping in to lend a hand in “Enter Flashtime” will be the much-beloved character of Jay Garrick (Shipp) who has been absent for most of Season 4. Garrick who is played by veteran actor John Wesley Shipp (who also portrayed The Flash in the 1990 CBS original series) will be proving how powerful The Flashes of all-worlds can be especially when they work together. Fans had been expecting, Shipp’s Garrick to have a more prominent role since his introduction as the Golden Age hero.
Perhaps the series’ writers and producers are preparing to tease the show’s fans and introduce an arc that will get back to the important legacy attribute that sets The Flash apart from his DC Comics contemporaries. The Flash has been around for generations and the Speed Force has been passed from one speedster to another through the Silver Age and into the Modern Age; with the series having hinted at a potential adaptation of the “Crisis on Infinite Earths” story arc, the significance of exploring The Flash legacy of heroes will never be more important than it is now!
Since Barry and Iris West (Candice Patton) tied the knot this year, it has been hinted that their future may be catching up with them. There’s a mysterious interloper that’s been hanging around — a “mystery girl” — who knows an awful lot about our heroes, and although she doesn’t appear to pose any kind of threat, she has an indelible connection to Barry and Iris that is yet to be defined!
The Flash “Enter Flashtime” airs on The CW Tuesday, March 6 @ 8pm EST.
Season 4 of The CW series The Flash returns and with it a new set of problems for Team Flash as they try to carry on without the Scarlet Speedster…but wait!
The Flashis back — literally! After stepping into the speed force at the calamitous climax of Season 3 and preventing his own future-self from carrying out a mad plan to steal time right from under him, our hero Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) returns to fight another day! By the end of the Season 4 opener entitled “The Flash Reborn” Barry is running headlong in defense of his one true love Iris West (Candice Patton), after she is abducted by a sword-swinging samurai that is threatening to destroy Central City!
It’s as if Barry had hardly been away! At least that’s what they’d like you to think, but after Barry makes the decision to step into the light — a decision that he looked to have accepted rather quickly in readily at the end of last season — he left the rest of “Team Flash” in a rather precarious position. The ceremonious defeat of the Speed God, Savitar left a vacancy in the Speed Force prison that through the world asunder! The villain had escaped before and forced speedster-in-training Wally West (Keiynan Lonsdale) to take his place.
When Barry entered the energy field to rescue his Kid Flash, he found himself confronted with his own inner demons, and questioned the decisions that he’d made — some of which altered the timeline and created a “Flashpoint” — significant consequences of which cost Barry the trust of some of his teammates and contemporaries. Before ultimately relenting to the Speed Force, Barry is assisted Jay Garrick (John Wesley Shipp) the Flash from Earth-3, who agrees to take Wally’s space in the Speed Force prison, while Barry returns to challenge his enemy.
With Great Power…
Though Barry made good on his promise to free Jay who is rescued by the timely intervention of tech-wizard Cisco Ramon (Carlos Valdes), and the team is able to ultimately stop Savitar, without someone to inhabit the Speed Force prison the energy field begins to run amok and if left unchecked could destroy Central City, if not the entire planet. It’s clear to both speedsters Barry and Jay what has to be done! Barry decides to make the ultimate sacrifice and enters the Speed Force, especially after it appears to him as his deceased mother Nora (Michelle Harrison).
Leaving behind his friends, family and fiancee, Barry encourages them all to carry on without him and insists that Iris never look back and “keep running”! That’s exactly what Iris has been doing since Barry disappeared six months ago. When Season 4 of The Flash opens up, the episode entitled “The Flash Reborn” Iris has been keeping the team in gear and running the logistical heroics while her brother Wally as Kid Flash and Cisco as Vibe take on new threats attacking Central City. Even Iris’ father Joe (Jesse L. Martin) is in on the act!
Iris is doing such a good job running things in Barry’s absence that perhaps the group fears she is losing site of the bigger picture; not allowing herself to grieve the loss of her lover or perhaps come up with a way to get Barry back! Cisco is determined to achieve the latter and enlists Caitlin Snow (Danielle Panabaker) who left S.T.A.R. Labs in order to deal with her own emerging alter-ego “Killer Frost”. Cisco finds Caitlin bartending in a seedy dive, and encourages her to help him find Barry — Snow agrees, and without Iris’ consent put their plan in motion!
Given the attacking samurai’s threat to destroy Central City if The Flash doesn’t present himself to him, the group have precious time to put their plan into affect. With Caitlin’s ingenuity Cisco has come up with a plan to “fool” the Speed Force into relinquishing Barry, but when they launch their initiative, they are almost immediately met with a bombastic failure! All sparks and no fire, they are unable to produce Barry — and Iris is none too happy when she discovers what they’ve been up to, but unbeknown to them — their plan has worked!
They indeed have freed Barry Allen but what has returned from his adventures in the Speed Force is not the same man that they remember. Barry is communicating in an incomprehensible gibberish and writing a series of glyphs across floors and walls that although appear to have a structure are at least for the moment undecipherable. Barry appears healthy, and according to Caitlin in the “best health of his life” but his mind appears unable to process the shock of the time he’s spent in the Speed Force. Unfortunately, the clock is ticking and the samurai is gearing up for a fight!
Wally decides to give him exactly what he wants and dons Barry’s Flash suit to apprehend the foe, but is immediately put in his place and meets the sharp end of the samurai’s sword through his leg. With little other alternatives left to them and Barry still in a state of shock, Iris decides to place herself in the villain’s crosshairs and turns herself over as its hostage, hopeful that it might trigger a reaction in Barry. Her gambit pays off and Barry springs into action, immediately sliding into hero mode and into his newly designed Flash suit courtesy of Cisco!
The Flash rescues Iris and makes short work of the samurai, which is in fact a “samuroid” — an android disguised as a Japanese warrior, but the real mystery is who is behind its sophisticated design and deployment? Team Flash on the other hand is happy to have Barry back and it appears he’s back to his old self, but Barry has no memory of his time in the Speed Force — he only remembers walking in and the next rescuing Iris from her captor. He also doesn’t have a clue about the gibberish he was speaking or the cryptic symbols he was writing.
Elsewhere in a very high-tech lair a pair of nefarious individuals discuss the reappearance of the hero and how The Flash will factor into their plans! From his dangerously styled throne The Thinker (Neil Sandilands) contemplates his next move!
As far as Season Openers go The Flash kicked things off rather brightly with “The Flash Reborn” which has many clear indications that this year the cast is shaking off some of the restraints and trappings of the previous years. The most obvious difference is the introduction of a “big bad” that isn’t a speedster — The Thinker, who has made numerous appearances throughout the history of the character in the comics and started out (in fact) as an arch-nemesis of Golden Age Flash, Jay Garrick, is a serious departure from adversaries seen before.
It appears that this year Barry will be facing an enemy that is as quick on his feet as our own hero, but who is far more super-charged when it comes to brain power, which will undoubtedly play very interestingly as Barry attempts to put the pieces back together of his own missing time. You don’t really suspect that he’s forgotten everything about this time in the Speed Force? After all he’s built up a much faster velocity that helped him take down the samuroid, and he’s obviously still very much in love with Iris — so we can expect to see the pair get hitched this season, no doubt.
The group dynamic has also evolved greatly and it’s still good to see that the core cast chemistry is very much intact. Cisco and Caitlin are genius level best friends and with the pair getting a handle on their own metahuman powers it will be exciting to see how this dynamic duo translate those power levels when suiting up and taking on other metas. Iris and Joe are at the core the beating heart of the series, especially after the premature departure of Henry Allen (John Wesley Shipp), and it’s exciting to see that their relationship is also on an interesting trajectory.
Iris has evolved into a very independent personality and is now even comfortable giving her own father advice; seeing them engage as adults, a loving father and daughter, has become an integral component of The Flash. The same can not be said about Wally West, who makes up the third part of the West family and who appears much more focused and acting recklessly even after facing the dangerous situations set before them. As Kid Flash, Wally is making many mistakes, and is perhaps is need of some serious mentoring, though not the kind that Barry might be able to make.
Missing from the season opener was another speedster, Jay Garrick who at the end of last season appeared to be sticking around especially after Barry took his place inside the Speed Force. With Barry putting it all together still, Wally should turn to someone with some genuine experience like Jay — an experience that hasn’t really been explored inside the narrative of the series, at least not yet. With Barry about to face a new enemy that might be capable of out-thinking him, Jay Garrick would prove an asset to the team, if only to get Wally up to speed!
All in all, “The Flash Reborn” lives up to igniting a fresh perspective on this now long-running series that has surpassed its predecessor Arrow and stands unique among its spin-offs Supergirl and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. With a silver screen “Flash” about to join the league, The Flash on television is proving it has blockbuster potential, and can keep pace with its own competition all the while carving its own path. Hopeful that it remains true to its character development, The Flash Season 4proves it is still able to strike lightning!
The Flash has indeed returned to The CW Tuesday nights, with new episodes airing @ 8/7c.