The world of The CW's Flash is getting a whole lot bigger this fall, and the biggest additions will be two potential speedsters from the comic canon. Now producer Gabrielle Stanton has opened up about what fans can expect from Jay Garrick and Wally West.
Stanton chatted extensively with Collider at the Television Critics Association (TCA) press tour, and dug deep into Season 2 and what we can expect from Barry and the gang. Some of the juiciest stuff revolved around Jay Garrick (Golden Age Flash) and Wally West (Kid Flash), and Stanton promised a more pure mentor relationship between Jay and Barry. You know, since Jay (probably) isn’t secretly evil.
Here’s an excerpt from his comments:
“[Barry] still has Joe, he still has his dad, and we’re introducing Jay Garrick, who will be a mentor-y character to Barry. Jay has seen some things that Barry hasn’t seen, and he’s going to be helping him through the process. Reverse Flash was always trying to get Barry to run faster. He seemed like he was really helping him, but really, he was doing it for his own evil purposes. Hopefully, it’s going to be a little bit different now that Barry is exploring the use of his powers without the man who killed his mother sitting on his shoulder…
We want to stay respectful and totally satisfy what the fans want out of [Wally West]. But on the other hand, we also need to change the character, twist things and put our own spin on it, so that it’s not exactly what everyone expects. Otherwise, you’re like, ‘We’re introducing Wally West,’ and someone looks it up on Wikipedia and knows the story, so they don’t watch. So, it will definitely be our twist on the Wally West character.”
Turning back to the group we already know, Stanton touched on where we’ll find Barry Allen in the wake of that epic cliffhanger, which saw a massive portal open above Central City. She said the general public will obviously be a bit more aware of all this metahuman craziness, but the real drama will come from how it affects Barry. Much like Arrow in Season 2, it sounds like The Flash will be coming into his own as a hero this year.
Check out an excerpt from that portion of the interview below:
“He went through a lot, at the end of last season. He’s definitely going to start this season with a step back and be like, ‘What am I doing? Why am I doing this?’ If last season was the journey of Barry discovering he’s a hero, this season is definitely him trying to figure out what that means. What is it to be a hero? What does he need to be a hero? What is it going to do to his personal relationships? It’s an evolution that’s going to start in the beginning of the season, and go all season long.
You’re going to see, early on, Barry coming into his own as The Flash, a little bit more. He has to make some terrible decisions, and he’s going to struggle with those. He’s going to think about, can I live with myself, having to make those decisions, and still do what I do? That’s something he’s going to be struggling with, for the first half of the season. Some of it is learning how to be okay with his past decisions, some of it is learning how to make better decisions, in the future, and some of it is about how he can let people help him make decisions.”
The Flash’s second season debuts Oct. 6 on The CW.