With some major superhero announcements taking center stage at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, the cast of The Flash TV series had a lot to share about the upcoming fourth season and the complex Flash universe.
The Future for The Flash
Things took a dark turn for our beloved team at the end of Season 3 with Savitar appearing in the future and murdering Iris West. Many of the show’s fans felt that the show’s third season moved away from its usual tone. But now, with the fourth season set to return in the fall, the consensus from the cast and creator appeared to be a return to the lighter tone from earlier seasons. The cast is now adamant that they had gone as dark as they ever would.
At the end of season 3, Barry Allen needed to enter the speed force and abandon his team at Star Labs, leaving Wally West (Kid Flash), played by Keiynan Lonsdale, as the only remaining speedster.
“I think he’s honored to be called Kid Flash,” Lonsdale told FANDOM. “He hopes Barry will return and is comfortable with it. He might be up for a suit change though.”
One might think that Kid Flash would run the group of heroes with Barry gone. However, according to cast, Iris steps up to fill Barry’s leadership void. Though she lacks any superpowers, Candice Patton, who plays Iris, seems to think her character has what it takes.
“I think she has been the one who can talk to Barry and that gives her the experience as a leader.”
Grant Gustin who plays Barry Allen/The Flash, remarked that while Barry is not with the team, he still appears in the early episodes of Season 4. And as for the speed force, “This time, [it] is not like the other times a speedster has entered,” says Gustin. “It will be a new experience.”
Arrowverse fans, get psyched, because this year The CW will air four full-episode Flash, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow crossovers. If the hugs between the Supergirl and Flash cast while passing each other in the press room is anything to go by, it looks like the chemistry is still smoking.
Jesse L. Martin, who plays Joe West on the show, also revealed that there will definitely be more singing in Season 4, though he refused to go as far as to suggest another full musical on the horizon. But, with the talents of former Glee alum Grant Gustin and Supergirl‘s Melissa Benoist in the mix, they’d be crazy not to.
Complexities of the Show
Season 3 further expanded the complexity of the characters and the massive Flash universe. Living in a world where there are dozens of parallel universes and an ability to time travel, each character has many different incarnations.
Patton told FANDOM that the complexities of the Flash universe were difficult, but “it is also exciting. We do 23 episodes every year for three years as the same character. It’s fun to play somebody else. We all like doing it.”
The cast appeared excited about the new season and hoped fans were encouraged by the events at the end of season 3. Season 4 promises action and adventure synonymous with The Flash with a return to the light-hearted tone viewers have grown accustomed to.
The Flash Season 4 premieres October 10 on The CW.