While season one of The CW’s hit superhero series The Flash gave us a flying, flamin' Ronnie Raymond (aka Firestorm), there's one superpower the show has yet to tackle.
And that power is matter manipulation.
In a new interview with Screen Rant, Robbie Amell said that the Season 1 finale of The Flash was supposed to introduce Firestorm’s ability to rearrange the subatomic structure of inorganic material. Amell said a scene featuring this new power was, indeed, filmed for the finale, but ultimately ended up on the cutting-room floor:
"The sad thing is there was a moment in the finale that had to be cut out – just because it was such a massive episode and it didn’t actually have anything to do with plot – where they introduced matter manipulation. There’s a scene where Danielle [Panabaker]’s character is checking my temperature and giving me the once-over. I call Victor in the room and we merge, and I turn her thermometer into a daffodil. It was just like a really nice, sweet way of showing… because she’s asking if we’re going to be OK, and I’m like, “Actually, we’re getting pretty good at this whole Firestorm thing.” And we merge without even missing a beat and turn that into a flower. It was a nice moment, but ultimately it just didn’t hold any bearing on the plot.
"So, matter manipulation I’m sure will be reintroduced, or maybe it will be available on the DVD director’s cut of the episode. But there’s so much they can do with this character. My biggest fear with the character was that he was too powerful. I think that sometimes that can be an issue. I feel like that’s the only problem I ever have with the Superman comic book, is other than kryptonite, how do you stop this guy? But they’ve done an unbelievable job."
In the DC comics, Firestorm can’t affect organic matter without some painful, and even lethal, consequences. Maybe that scene -- where he changes a thermometer into a flower -- was a bit too much for the TV series as it stood, and not in line enough with the comic books? I have to agree with Robbie Amell that the character may have come across as too powerful on the series, and this can be an issue. What do you think? Are you hoping to see this scene when the first season of The Flash gets released on DVD? Do you think he'll wield this new power in Season 2? And if not on The Flash, maybe in Legends of Tomorrow as either Ronnie Raymond or Jason Rusch?
(via Screen Rant)