10:00am PT by Sydney Bucksbaum
DC TV Watch: 9 Burning Questions for 'The Flash's' 2018 Return
Welcome back to The Hollywood Reporter's weekly DC TV Watch, a rundown of all things DC Comics on TV. Every Friday, we round up the major twists, epic fights, new mysteries and anything else that goes down on The CW's Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl and Black Lightning and Fox's Gotham. This week, we're pondering all the burning questions left over from The Flash's midseason finale, "Don't Run," in anticipation of its return in January.
1. What is the "Enlightenment?"
By the end of "Don't Run," as Clifford DeVoe (formerly played by Neil Sandilands) reunited with his wife The Mechanic (Kim Engelbrecht) in his brand new body (now played by Kendrick Sampson) he told her, "Let's bring about the Enlightenment." With his deteriorating body issues now out of the way, he's free to begin his real work. Everything that The Thinker has done up to this point has in been in service of getting to this stage, and The Flash has dropped no hints or clues about what his next plans may be. While it's probably something that Team Flash will want to stop as DeVoe has been name-dropped as one of Barry's (Grant Gustin) greatest foes, it's also equally possible that his plan doesn’t have sinister overtones. Wouldn’t that be a real twist — that the villain isn't planning something villainous after all?
2. How long will Barry be in prison?
On second thought, the fact that DeVoe framed Barry for his own death means that whatever he has planned, he doesn't want the Scarlet Speedster around to stop him ... so it probably isn't for the greater good. By the end of the midseason finale, Barry was arrested by the CCPD, his own co-workers, after DeVoe's old body was found stabbed to death in Barry's apartment. Barry decided not to run after seeing a photo of himself and Iris (Candice Patton), realizing that he needed to cooperate with the law so he wouldn't bring his new wife down with him. All those visions of Barry in a prison uniform in the Speed Force and all the nonsense Barry was saying in the premiere finally make sense, but the real question is how long will Barry have to remain locked up? How will he be able to prove that DeVoe isn't dead, but instead transferred his consciousness into a new body?
3. Does The Thinker have telepathic abilities now?
Thanks to DeVoe using Dominic's (Sampson) body for his new vessel, does that mean he's inherited Dominic's metahuman telepathy? His superhuman brain was already formidable enough, but combined with mind reading/control, he'll be truly unstoppable. There's no way to know if The Flash decided to go the comic book route and give The Thinker the telepathic and telekinetic powers he has in the source material just yet, but expect that answer to come when the show returns in January.
4. Will The Thinker keep his new identity a secret?
"Brainstorm," aka the newly christened nickname for Dominic's telepathic metahuman powers, managed to befriend Team Flash before DeVoe took over his body. Now operating under the radar of Team Flash, is DeVoe going to continue to manipulate Barry's friends in his new body? Or will Barry be able to warn everyone of Dominic's true identity in time?
5. Will Iris feel any guilt for prioritizing finding Caitlin over Barry?
As the team leader of STAR Labs, Iris was forced to make a choice between searching for both kidnapped members on the midseason finale. They could either search for Barry, captured by DeVoe, or they could search for Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker), captured by Amunet Black (Katee Sackhoff). Trying to find them both at the same time meant they could only give each search half the effort, and no chance for success. Since Caitlin was "in a vulnerable place and Barry can take care of himself," in Iris' own words, they stopped looking for Barry and were able to help save Caitlin. Of course, Barry did end up saving himself in the end, and while he seemed to be at peace with Iris' choice, that must be coming back around later to give this couple some problems.
6. What is Kid Flash doing in Cambodia?
After Wally's (Keiynan Lonsdale) disappearance during the crossover to head back to his new home of Blue Valley, it was shocking to hear Joe (Jesse L. Martin) tell Harry (Tom Cavanagh) that Wally couldn't make it to the West family Christmas party because he was in Cambodia. That's quite a random mention, and with no more talk of the former Team Flash member, one has to wonder if there is a legitimate reason to why his absence is so mysterious. What's going on with Kid Flash? Why Cambodia, of all places? Will he actually get a real storyline in the new year?
7. Will we get to see Killer Frost just hanging out with the Flash crew?
There were so many throwaway lines and jokes about how Caitlin's icy alter ego Killer Frost has become friends with Cisco (Carlos Valdes), Harry and Ralph (Hartley Sawyer) — to the point where they even have inside jokes with her. If Killer Frost is partying so much with the team and even become so famous in Central City that CC Jitters named a coffee drink after her, are we going to see any of those moments? All we've seen so far is Killer Frost using her powers to either save the day or cause some trouble, so it's hard to imagine that Team Flash would befriend her so quickly.
8. Is Iris ever going to confront Oliver and Felicity for hijacking her wedding?
On the midseason finale, Iris sarcastically told Barry that she's "not bitter" about the Arrow couple making her spontaneous ceremony a double wedding at the end of the crossover. But especially now that they gave Barry and Iris a gift not even from their registry (how rude!), it's clear she didn't appreciate having her second attempt at a wedding get interrupted only to then have it become a double wedding. Poor girl never got her moment. Don't keep those feelings bottled up, Iris — you deserve to be mad. Next time the two couples meet face-to-face, let's see them hash things out.
9. Will CC Jitters' Killer Frost Iced Mocha be available to buy in real-life coffee shops?
Talk about the perfect publicity campaign!
And now for some timely news | If you live on the East Coast, Warner Bros. is bringing DC TV to you with their new initiative "DC in D.C." Teaming with DC Entertainment, the pop culture event is open to the public and will be held next month, Jan. 12-13, at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., over the Martin Luther King holiday weekend. The event will be full of panels discussing current issues through the lens of comics and superheroes and will also feature the world premiere of upcoming series Black Lightning at the National Museum of American History, with an afterparty at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Featuring appearances by the showrunners and stars of The CW's Black Lightning, Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, CW Seed's Freedom Fighters: The Ray and Fox's Gotham, along with DC Entertainment comic book authors and artists, the gathering hopes to bring together the worlds of entertainment and public service. Visit DCinDC2018.com for additional information.
Gotham airs Thursdays on Fox. Supergirl airs Mondays, The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow air Tuesdays, Arrow airs Thursdays and Black Lightning will premiere Tuesday, Jan. 16, all on The CW.