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In comic book lore, Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) is just one of a number of heroes who have tapped into the speed force, granting them superhuman speed. Executive producer Greg Berlanti said they hoped to bring other speedsters such as Wally West (Kid Flash and ultimately the third Flash in the comics) or Bart Allen (the second Kid Flash) into the fold for season two.
“That’s our hope. We’ve already been picked up for a second year. If we were going to do something like that, we’d do it next year,” Berlanti said during a The Flash PaleyFest panel Saturday.
The panel opened with a sizzle reel teasing the upcoming lineup of villains, including Mark Hamill as The Trickster, psychic ape Gorilla Grodd, and Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh) as the menacing Reverse-Flash.
But perhaps the biggest surprise came with footage of Eddie Thawne (Rick Cosnett) showing a potentially villainous side. Fans have noted similarities between his name and that of comic book bad guy Eobard Thawne (aka Professor Zoom and Reverse-Flash). So far in the TV series, he’s been a stereotypical perfect guy. In the new footage, he punches Barry out of jealousy, because Barry has expressed his feelings for Iris (Candice Patton) once again. He also fires a gun at two police officers, suggesting he’s gone over the edge.
The show has plenty of other things on its plate, as it dives into time travel for the first time over the next two episodes. If Barry succeeds in traveling back in time and saving his mother’s life, team Flash might be altered or even cease to exist.
“There are concerns that if certain events change in the past, it will change who everyone is,” said executive producer Andrew Kreisberg. “What’s really interesting about that stuff to us is what’s emotional about it.”
Another series mystery that will be addressed soon is why Det. West’s (Jessie L. Martin) wife and Iris’ mother has yet to be seen. A future scene will discuss it, with The Flash delving more into the story next season.
Viewers concerned for the civil liberties of the metahumans being kept in STAR Labs’ prison without due process can also breathe easy.
“We see a scene of how they are tended to,” said Kreisberg. Added Berlanti, “We deal with the implications of them being judge and jury by the end of the year.”
Stay tuned to The Live Feed for much more from The Flash over the coming days.
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