CW’s ‘The Flash’ has come a long way after successfully completing four seasons. The debut season has been the best season by far, but the upcoming fifth season seems exciting as hell.
At the end of last season, the future daughter of Barry and Iris West Allen i.e Nora Allen time-travelled to the present day, hence altering the timeline. She claimed that there is a huge blunder committed by her in the future and it needs to be rectified. In season 5, Team Flash will have to deal with the catastrophe unleashed by Nora, as we know what happened when ‘Flashpoint’ occurred.
The first episode is titled “Nora” and it’s revealed that the criminal metahuman that Team Flash will be up against is “Gridlock” played by Daniel Cudmore (Colossus in X-Men movies). His name in the comics is Abner Girdler and his power is to suck the kinetic energy out of objects and people using advanced tech. The big villain is another non-speedster ‘Cicada’ from Flash’s rogues gallery who is a cult leader devoted to hunt down everyone saved by Barry Allen.
The last time we had a non-speedster villain was ‘The Thinker’ in season 4. Here’s what executive producer Todd Helbing said:
“It is nice to have a villain that we can change up what Barry’s obstacle and the team’s obstacles are, and how to take somebody down.”
He added: “The Thinker, DeVoe, [was] a lot of fun and we certain see the benefits of doing that. Having a meta that isn’t a speedster and the new ways that we can pose challenges for those guys is fun. So I think for next season, it’s certainly not going to be a speedster.”
Another villain reported by media is “Rag Doll” who could make a guest appearance for a couple of episodes. Here’s the official CW’s casting call:
“The casting call is searching for a male in his 20s as Peter is described as an incredibly emotional damaged criminal who has the power to bend out of shape and fit his whole body into small spaces. As he is enjoying his criminal activities, Team Flash will be challenged by the Rag Doll in shocking ways as his sick plan is revealed. The breakdown specifies that they would ideally like to get actual Contortionists/Dancers or any kinds of performers who are able to contort their bodies in very disturbing ways.”
There have seen a whole host of villains in CW’s ‘The Flash’ and here’s what Todd Hellbing said about them:
“There are certainly speedsters in the cannon of Flash that we want to explore and we want on the show and everybody… Like Reverse Flash to me personally is one of my favorite villains, one of my favorite speedsters, so I’d love that guy to pop up now and then, you know what I mean? But I think it was refreshing, and it’s just been a lot of fun this year not having to constantly come up with new ideas of how a speedster could pose a threat to Barry. So, it’s fun, and it’s new, and it’s a new challenge, but I think having speedsters in the mythology of the show is never going to change.”
“I think having Zoom and then followed up by Savitar, you know, I can understand that feeling. It’s because trying to reinvent, you know, like a new power for an evil speedster or what they can do … Like we can’t have it just who’s faster for the entirety of a series.”
Let’s see if new set of villains can pose a significant challenge to Team Flash!
The Flash season 5 has incredibly talented cast including Grant Gustin as Barry Allen/The Flash, Candice Patton as Iris West Allen, Carlos Valdes as Cisco, Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow, Tom Cavanaugh as Harrison Wells, Jesse L. Martin as Kid Flash, Danielle Nicolet as Cecile Horton, Hartley Sawyer as Ralph Dibny and Jessica Parker Kennedy as Nora Allen.
The Flash season 5 will be aired on October 9, 2018, Tuesdays at 8:00 on CW. Here’s the official synopsis:
“Matching wits with The Thinker, who by season’s end had harnessed the powers of all twelve bus metas he created, stretched Team Flash to their limits, but with the help of some new allies, Barry Allen (aka The Flash) and company were able to put a stop to the Enlightenment and save Central City once again. However, with the arrival of Barry and Iris’ speedster daughter, Nora, who arrived from the future admitting to having made a “big mistake,” things are anything but status quo. Will parenthood be the challenge that finally slows The Flash down?”