'The Flash' Stars Tease Major Time-Travel Storyline

Grant Gustin and Tom Cavanagh tease their battle will extend to different eras: "Reverse-Flash and The Flash are not just doing this right now in the present day.”
Dean Buscher

[Warning:  spoilers ahead for Tuesday's episode of The Flash, "Revenge of the Rogues."]

Is CW's The Flash poised for a major blast from the past — or maybe a jaunt to the future?

Grant Gustin says the CW show will explore the time-travel aspect of characters this season, and it has the potential to change the show itself.

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In Tuesday's episode, The Flash (Gustin) foiled his first supervillain team-up, defeating Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller) and Heatwave (Dominic Purcell). But the major battle could be small compared with what's to come.

"We are diving deep into the time-travel element and it is going to be wild," Gustin tells The Hollywood Reporter about this season. 

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There have been plenty of hints of a time-travel storyline. Dr. Wells (Tom Cavanagh) has a newspaper that displays headlines from the future, and his Reverse-Flash alter ego was at the scene of Mrs. Allen's death.

"It's ultimately why I signed on to this job. Not to play a scientist, but to play a time-traveling bandit," Cavanagh tells The Hollywood Reporter.

He goes on to say those curious about the time-travel element might want to brush up on The Flash comic books.

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"In comic books, when you start talking about time travel — if anybody has followed The Flash, then they know Reverse-Flash and The Flash are not just doing this right now in the present day," he says. "They have a long history and there's nothing that we're not going to pursue when we try to tell the story. We're trying to tell all of it." 

But if Gustin has his way, the time-travel element won't be confined to season one. Gustin says time travel could potentially flip the show on its head for season two — though he stresses that's up to the writers to decide.

"I think it would be fun if it totally changed the show for season two," Gustin says.

Only time will tell.

Email: Aaron.Couch@THR.com
Twitter: @AaronCouch 

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