In the Flash season 3 finale, we saw Barry Allen left Central city & his loved ones behind and went into the speed-force with his mother. After they defeated Savitar with the help of Jay Garrick (Henry Allen dopple-ganger), the speed-force became extremely volatile and unstable, led to massive earthquakes that wreaked havoc upon the common folk. It required a powerful speedster to stabilize the effects and Flash volunteered as he held himself guilty of creating Flashpoint timeline.
The next season is definitely much anticipated as fans are expecting a major comeback after a slightly disappointing finale. It was along expected lines as it was bereft of any “shock n awe” moment, for once we thought that Flash show-makers grew a spine to kill off a major female character but somewhere deep down we knew that Flash can’t lose Iris West and it will be a happy ending.
Anyways let bygones be bygones, the next season will have a huge comic-book storyline, debut of a non-speedster villain and much more to look forward to. It would be interesting to see how Team Flash grapples with Barry’s disappearance and new threats that await them. Things will get a lot crazier but amidst this chaos and stress, there will be a brand new cast member who will be introduced:
Neil Sandilands — The Thinker
There were teases in season 3 as well, finally, at SDCC 2017, it was announced that Clifford DeVoe aka The Thinker will be the main villain of season 4. He will be the first ever non-speedster villain on the show. The actor is famous for his role in NCIS, The 100 etc. He is no stranger to larger than life characters.
Instead of speed, he will use his brain to outwit Flash. The battle is called as The Fastest Man Alive vs The Fastest Mind Alive. He was also caught in particle accelerator explosion and became super intelligent meta-human who intend to solve everything wrong with the humanity. He will have help from “The Mechanic” who is another DC villain.
Hartley Sawyer — Ralph Dibny/ Elongated Man
In order to fight this new threat, a new superhero will be on the scene to help Team Flash and he is none other than Elongated Man. He can change the shape of his body in creative ways. Hartley Sawyer has been cast to play Ralph Dibny/ Elongated Man for the TV show. In DC comics, he wasn’t actually a meta-human. As a child, he was fascinated by chemistry, developed a concentrated version of a compound that helped him gain elasticity to fight crime. He first appeared in DC comics in an issue of “The Flash” back in 1960.
According to the official description, he is a fast-talking private investigator by day and “by night costumes up to patrol the streets and fight crime thanks to his ability to stretch his body to any shape or form”. He will be an ally of Team Flash. He will patrol the streets in the night and fight crime as his body can be stretched to any extent and take any form. He is no stranger to CW network as he recently starred in CW Seed’s Saving the Human Race. Sawyer is popular for his roles in Glory Daze, The Young & The Restless and a short film SPiN. He is a recurring character in season 4 and could even return in season 5 as well.
Danny Trejo – Breacher
In another SDCC announcement, it was revealed that actor Danny Trejo will be joining the show as Earth-19 Breacher. He is famous for his roles in Heat, Breaking Bad, Sons of Anarchy, Machete etc. His character has been described as “a feared bounty hunter from Earth-19 and the imposing father of Gypsy. His mission is to prevent any inter-dimensional traveler from threatening life on his Earth — especially his daughter’s”.
Kim Engelbrecht – The Mechanic
We will have a sexy mechanic in Flash season 4. She will be the right-hand person of “The Thinker”. Her character has been described as “the truest of true believers who’ll stop at nothing to help him implement his plan to fix humanity”.
At Comic-Con 2017, the show-makers announced that show will not deal with time-travel anymore and explore other concepts. They are of the view that season 1 being the strongest, the show must return to its roots in the fourth season and use time-travel only when necessary. The massive comic-book event like Flashpoint was rushed and introduced prematurely without a robust narrative to back it up. It made the season more complicated and mundane.
The idea is to have a less convoluted season where time-travel plot device is used only to enhance the story instead of being used as a tool to resolve every storyline. Maybe it’s good that show-makers are taking a break from their strongest plot device and explore different concepts.
Recently, WBTV released the official synopsis of premiere episodes of all the superhero shows. For “The Flash” Season 4, it goes like this:
“Running up against an evil time remnant version of yourself is something no one should ever have to do, but that’s exactly what faced Barry Allen (aka The Flash) as he fought to save the life of fiancée Iris West from the God of Speed known as Savitar. Barry’s victory was short-lived, however, as an unbalanced Speed Force began to wreak havoc on Central City, forcing Barry to sacrifice himself for the greater good. With The Fastest Man Alive now trapped inside an extra-dimensional energy, and unknown dangers lurking in the shadows, it will be up to Team Flash to free Barry from his own personal Hell”.
The natural corollary of Scarlett Speedster leaving the Central city vulnerable to meta-human attacks would be the promotion of Wally West from being “Kid Flash” to become “The Flash” of Central city. But recently when the actor was asked if he would inherit the mantle, he shot down the theory and said that the show will not follow the storyline of DC comics. He said:
“It’s not something that’s on my radar. I feel as though there is so much story to tell and Wally has so much growing to do. I’d like to see that journey continue. That’s what I think is important. We need to see how these characters realistically get to where they are headed for.”
The sound of the quote suggests that there will be a lot of personal upheavals that Wally will go through before making a transition from being a sidekick to becoming an actual hero.
Hoping for a great season ahead. The show returns with a brand new season on CW tomorrow. CHEERS!