Like a lot of folks I thoroughly enjoyed this season of ‘The Flash’ and am anxiously awaiting the second season, but with so many questions the stars and producers of the show revealed a few hints about what’s in store come this fall.
Just when I thought the wait couldn’t feel any slower…
It’s a mad, multiverse world
Star Grant Gustin confirmed the show will be tackling the multiverse — one of the aspects that initially set the DC comic universe apart from its Marvel counterparts.
No two Earths were alike: On Earth-2 the main heroes of the Justice Society featured familiar names like The Flash, The Atom, Hawkgirl, Black Canary and Green Lantern, but were much older than their Earth 1 counterparts; Earth 3 featured the Crime Syndicate with evil versions of heroes such as Ultraman, Owlman, Johnny Quick and Power Ring while Earth-S was a world comprised largely of the Shazam characters.
Here’s Gustin’s comments to TV Guide:
“What’s fun about this show is that there’s going to be multiple timelines as we move forward. I think we’re going to start showing Earth-One and Earth-Two in the near future. There will be kind of different dimensions going on.”
Of all the teases for next season this is the one that has me the most excited. DC got its multiverse going thanks to Barry Allen encountering his childhood comic book idol Jay Garrick, who was a real hero operating as The Flash on Earth-2. With Jay’s trademark helmet making an appearance it seems likely that Season 2 will at least introduce us to Jay Garrick’s version of The Flash. And if that is the case it opens up the potential for a much larger CW Justice League/Justice Society crossover.
Killer Frost may heat up
During his run through the Speed Force, Barry saw glimpses of his past and potential future, including one where his ally, Caitlin, was seen as Killer Frost. In the comics, Caitlin is a S.T.A.R. scientist who after getting exposed to a thermodynamic engine has her body merged with ice and can only be satiated with heat finding Firestorm to be the perfect energy source. With Caitlin and Ronnie Ramond aka Firestorm married on the show, that could foreshadow one heck of a divorce settlement.
I’m hoping it’s a good while if at all within Flash TV Earth that ‘our’ Caitlin becomes Killer Frost as she’s one of the more fun supporting characters on all the comic book shows. All the more reason to make use of the multiverse.
Eddie Thawne may not be done just yet
Executive Producer Andrew Kreisberg spoke to EW about what seemed to be the death of Eddie Thawne (Rick Cosnett) in an attempt to prevent the terror caused by his descendant Eobard Thawne.
We’ve been faced with that before, certainly when we made the decision with Colin Donnell on Arrow and Caity Lotz. As with both of those actors and characters, they lived to come back another day. While Rick won’t be a regular, Flash is the kind of show between hardcore sci-fi and time travel that I wouldn’t be surprised if this isn’t the last we’ve seen of Eddie Thawne.
The return of Harrison Wells
“Tom Cavanagh will continue to be a regular on Flash is all I am prepared to say,” said Kreisberg, who added the show hopes to have the return of Matt Letscher, the actor who played the actual non-body swapping Eobard Thawne.
If Wells returns, could it be as a potential mentor to Barry Allen in a timeline where he never encounters Thawne? Stay tuned.