What started as a spinoff from The CW’s Arrow has quickly blossomed into one of the biggest genre shows on television. So, what’s coming next on The Flash?
Producers Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg, along with stars Grant Gustin, Tom Cavanagh, Jesse L. Martin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes and Rick Cosnett, were on hand at the recent PaleyFest to talk up what DC craziness is coming next. The first season has already been action-packed, but not surprisingly, they already have a whole lot more in store.
The series has been planting the seeds for Flashpoint ever since the pilot, and it sounds like the massive comic storyline could be coming soon. The story saw the timeline changed to where Barry’s mother survived (a plot central to the TV series), though that alternate reality was also filled with warring superhero factions and dead heroes. The place was such a mess that Barry was forced to restore reality. Kreisberg wouldn’t confirm outright that that arc is coming, but he said that a “fairly big Flash storyline from the comics” is in the works. It’s a solid bet he’s referencing Flashpoint.
It sounds like one of the show’s biggest lingering mysteries will also be answered soon. As fans surely remember, we saw Reverse-Flash fighting with Dr. Harrison Wells back in episode nine. That scene got a whole lot more complicated when it was revealed that Wells is actually (at least some version of) Reverse-Flash. Well, Kreisberg realizes we’re wanting answers, and he promises all those things that seem “impossible” will be explained “very soon.”
With an eye toward season two, Berlanti said they’re already sketching out new characters to introduce -- with the list of potentials led by comic heavyweights Bart Allen and Wally West. Both characters have previously suited up as the Flash in comic lore, and Berlanti said their “hope” is to introduce one or both of those characters in year two.
Last but not least: You know that superhero prison where they keep all those metahumans locked up in the basement of STAR Labs? The one that seemingly has no way to feed the prisoners, or even facilities for them to use the bathroom? Yeah, it’s been driving us crazy, too. Well, good news! The producers promise that’s a question they plan to address soon, as the team have to grapple with their role as “judge and jury” for the supervillains.
What would you like to see for the back half of The Flash’s first season, and year two? Do you like the direction of the show so far?