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.
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”.
It doesn’t talk about the possible villain or whether Barry Allen will turn to the dark side from the comics when he started killing fellow speedsters with a mere touch after returning to the land of the living.
But show-makers are promising a different kind of threat for Team Flash in the next season, something they haven’t experienced before, someone who is not exactly a speedster, hence unpredictable.
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 show is often criticized for being too slow and melodramatic, 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. Well, we did see him Kid Flash attire and he is definitely going to up the ante next season.
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. According to That Hashtag Show, the producers are looking for Ryan Reynolds/ Chris Pratt type guy 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.
The famous actor Hartley Sawyer will be joining the show as “The Elongated Man” and 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.
Hoping for a great season ahead. The show returns with a brand new season on CW in October 2017. CHEERS!