“To understand what I’m about to tell you, you need to do something first. You need to believe in the impossible. Can you do that?”
Ten years ago, someone told me that something that was very special to me would be coming back. I had no idea what this person was talking about, and this person had no connection to the TV industry, but sure enough, days later news came that Greg Berlanti was bringing Barry Allen to Arrow and The Flash was reborn. I still remember where I was: In my car, driving to another day of the Television Critics Association press tour. Somehow the news leaked earlier than it was probably supposed to. I registered the FlashTVNews domain and Twitter handle while stopped at traffic lights. (We have a lot of traffic lights here in L.A.)
But let’s go back farther than that… I was absolutely one of those kids who was thrilled when CBS launched a Flash TV show in 1990. As Grant Gustin was the definitive Flash for a generation, John Wesley Shipp was mine. One of the best parts of this entire Flash experience was the opportunity to meet him and interview him. Still pinching myself over that. I had a Betamax tape where I taped the series’ final episode the night it aired. I had no idea we’d see John Wesley Shipp in a Flash show again, let alone in his Flash suit in crossovers that would come later!
Every couple of years we’d hear rumors of a new Flash TV show, or they’d be developed. The closest we came to get something new before this was when Kyle Gallner appeared on a few episodes of Smallville as Bart Allen a.k.a. Impulse. I’m still surprised “Run” wasn’t an attempt at a backdoor pilot for a Flash show. Kyle was, of course, great, and he’s still thriving in his career. Sadly, in 180+ episodes we still never got to see him on this show.
Moving back to the future in 2014, there was The Flash Season 1. Was there a more perfect season of superhero television? Every week, the action, the twists, and the turns would build. Before we saw him in action, Grant Gustin would not have been my first choice for Barry Allen, though my hate for his Glee character Sebastian definitely biased that. But then we saw Grant as Barry, and he gave the character so many levels of depth… it’s no wonder this show lasted as long as it did. And then Season 2, giving us such an amazing look at Earth-2 as well as another formidable fast foe? Sign me up!
I’m grateful to have been able to interview most of the cast of this show, all of whom are just as nice as you think they would be. The Flash was a journey from the good (Seasons 1-2), to the bad (we won’t discuss, but you all know what I’m talking about), to the aggravating (like the time those annoying people ruined Barry & Iris’ wedding… and the first time they tried getting married, when there were Nazis who ruined it.) So many talents, too. In addition to Grant Gustin, Candice Patton brought so much to Iris and I still feel like there could have been a lot more done to explore her character. Danielle Panabaker, who managed two characters at once for a while there. Carlos Valdes, wearer of Cisco’s amazing t-shirts. Tom Cavanagh as the Reverse Flash and dozens of different Wells variants before variants were a thing Marvel would do. The super-talented Jesse L. Martin. Danielle Nicolet, whose Cecile character I often dragged on Twitter even though I really liked Danielle as an actress. Gotta also shout out Keiynan Lonsdale who always was light and optimism whenever he’d show up. And new Super-friends to enjoy, such as Brandon McKnight and Kayla Compton, and the “kids from the future,” scene-stealers Jessica Parker Kennedy and Jordan Fisher. The STAR Labs family was on screen but also existed in their own way in our fan hearts. Through the years, we’ve gotten to know many Rogues, again, folks who won’t be forgotten.
I know I had some opportunities that I was very lucky to have. Getting to hang out in the STAR Labs sets itself is one. Covering the Flash 100th episode carpet and speaking to so many people, past and present. Watching “Out of Time” with Candice Patton in the room with us. Keiynan’s Where’s Waldo — err, Where’s Wally costume. Seeing an article that accidentally wrote “The Seal” instead of “Cecile” and finding it absolutely hilarious. Being embarrassed crying in front of Danielle Panabaker after watching the Sidekick movie Tom Cavanagh was in. Bugging Tom Cavanagh with annoying questions at Comic-Con. Fitting “Society” into a question to Teddy Sears, who we thought at the time was playing Jay Garrick… and then seeing Teddy again last year for a Waltons event and getting right to the point with a Flash question. All fun times.
This isn’t goodbye. Twelve years ago when Smallville ended, I was sure that would be the last time I’d ever see Tom Welling as Clark and Erica Durance as Lois. Flash forward a few years and we got both of them in Crisis on Infinite Earths. Stephen Amell has already returned as Green Arrow. We’ll be seeing some of our Flash faves again; I just know it. Who knows? Maybe it’ll happen as early as next month’s Flash movie, though we’ll see. They might not want to remind the audience who the best Flash was. Even if we don’t see our favorites again, nine seasons of a show is a long time, and as long as streaming or Blu-rays are available, we’ll always be able to revisit.
Thank you to those who have stuck with FlashTVNews in so many years. And thank you to every creative talent who worked on The Flash in these nine years. Ride the lightning!
Speculation: Does The Arrowverse “Armageddon” Event Take Place In The Future?
FlashTVNews’ Craig Byrne speculates that the “Armageddon” Arrowverse crossover may take place in The Flash’s future…
In 1991, DC Comics had a crossover that went through all of their comic book Annuals. The event was called “Armageddon 2001” and took place in the then-far future of the DC Universe. We got to see different outcomes for many characters, and the villainous Monarch was revealed to be one of DC’s heroes.
Today, The CW announced this year’s crossover event that kicks off The Flash Season 8. It’s called “Armageddon” and some old favorites are back to join Barry, Iris, and Team Flash against whatever challenges they face – challenges that include Damien Darhk and Eobard Thawne/The Reverse Flash. Do note that both of those characters are known to travel through time — and that one of the returning heroes, Mia Smoak-Queen, is currently in the year 2040.
Who else is from the future? Recent Flash visitors Nora and Bart, the children of Barry and Iris. They were still in the present when we last saw them at their parents’ vow renewal.
So, here’s a prediction: What if this is an adaptation of “Armageddon 2001” but is instead “Armageddon 2051” or something like that? It would be a way to tie up loose ends like William’s kidnapping from Green Arrow and the Canaries without actually having to see it. Likewise, we don’t know for a fact that some of these guests are the 2021 versions; perhaps, for example, Black Lightning is an older Jefferson Pierce from the future, no longer retired?
But this also brings up another question: Where’s the Superman & Lois representation?
If it is the future, could the Superman there be Jordan Kent? Or, like DC’s recent “Future State” event which in many ways was like “Armageddon 2001” in previewing the future, a Jonathan Kent with powers? Being 20+ years older, it would necessitate a recasting for sure, so that would explain not being in the original announcement.
Surely, we’ll know more between now and November when the event premieres. It is a bit weird that, if there is time travel, the Legends of Tomorrow aren’t present aside from Ray Palmer who is no longer on the team. In any event, we’re very, very curious….
Could Kid Flash Be Moving To Titans?
FlashTVNews makes some speculation about the future of Kid Flash, and whether or not it involves the Titans series.
Wally West (Keiynan Lonsdale) appeared to have departed The Flash at the end of the third episode of Season 4. However, the character is still a series regular and he will be back in the seventh episode of the season, as revealed by Executive Producer Andrew Kreisberg in a Q&A today. Kreisberg also stressed that Wally is “not gone from the Arrowverse,” which makes us wonder….
“It was difficult having two speedsters on the show, just creatively and financially,” Kreisberg admitted at the press Q&A. “You know, there’s a lot of times where either Barry had to get knocked out so Wally could save the day, or Wally had to get knocked out so Barry could save the day, and just even knocking them out, that cost a lot,” he said, also pointing out some of the creative challenges.
He did promise that Wally will be back, however. “Wally is not gone, certainly, from the Arrowverse, and he’ll be back on Flash, and more exciting stuff about Wally will be revealed as we move forward,” Kreisberg said.
With these words, we here at FlashTVNews are starting to wonder: Could Wally West be moving to the Titans show on the DC Comics streaming service? After all, Wally has been an important figure in Titans lore, and while it would mean The Flash loses a speedster, it would give Titans another icon.
So far, no announcement has been made in that department, nor has it even been confirmed that Titans is in the same universe as The Flash. It is worth pointing out, though, that Arrowverse producers Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter are involved with Titans.
Makes one wonder, doesn’t it?
(It’s also interesting to note the characters on the Teen Titans comic book shown with this article. With the exception of Kid Flash, and of course a different Robin being represented, these are the characters from the upcoming DC Titans show. Hmm.)
Blu-ray Review: The Flash: The Complete Third Season
Review of The Flash: The Complete Third Season Blu-ray set
The Complete Third Season Blu-ray and DVD sets for The Flash speed our way this Tuesday, September 5, and we’ve gotten our hands on an early copy to review! Before we cut into the review, though, here’s how Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (provider of said review copy) describes it:
Just in time for the fourth season premiere of the #1 show on The CW, catch the fastest man alive as he zigzags through the action-packed release of The Flash: The Complete Third Season from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Blu-rayTM and DVD on September 5, 2017. Delivering 5 million Total Viewers per episode, The Flash is a Top 10 series on all broadcast with Men 18-34 (#7) and Men 18-49 (#10)⃰. Fans will be able to revisit all 23 electrifying episodes from the third season, including the DC-crossover episode, plus over two hours of extra content, including behind-the-scenes featurettes on the “Invasion!” cross over episode and the “Duets” musical episode, a conversation with Andrew Kreisberg and Kevin Smith, deleted scenes, and more.
*Source: Nielsen National TV View Live + 7 Day Ratings, excluding repeats, specials, and sports
Struck by the supercharged fallout of a particle accelerator explosion, forensic scientist Barry Allen becomes the fastest man alive: The Flash! With his newfound time-warping speed and help from the S.T.A.R. Labs team – Caitlin Snow, Cisco Ramon and Harrison Wells – and his adoptive family, Detective Joe West and Joe’s daughter Iris, the Scarlet Speedster runs circles around other metahumans set on wreaking havoc in Central City, while traveling between alternate universes and protecting our world from otherworldly threats. Last season, new dangers arrived from a parallel earth known as Earth-2, under the direction of an evil speedster named Zoom. In Season Three, Barry faces the unknown – as he irrevocably alters the timeline by saving his mother from the clutches of the Reverse-Flash. The only question now is – as he wrestles with the consequences of his own Flashpoint Paradox, including the wrathful Speed God Savitar – will he be able to find a way out?
“After three seasons, The Flash continues to score in ratings and ranks as the top series for The CW,” said Rosemary Markson, WBHE Senior Vice President, TV Marketing. “Loaded with both in-depth and exclusive new bonus content, both fans of the show and DC fanboys will be eager to add the Blu-ray or DVD release to their collections.”
With Blu-ray’s unsurpassed picture and sound, The Flash: The Complete Third Season Blu-ray release will include 1080p Full HD Video with DTS-HD Master Audio for English 5.1. The 4-disc Blu-ray will feature a high-definition Blu-ray and a Digital Copy of all 23 episodes from season three.
The Flash stars Grant Gustin (Arrow, Glee), Candice Patton (The Game), Danielle Panabaker (Justified, Necessary Roughness), Carlos Valdes (Once), Keiynan Lonsdale (Insurgent), Tom Felton (Harry Potter films), with Tom Cavanagh (Ed, The Following), and Jesse L. Martin (Law & Order). Based on the characters from DC, The Flash is produced by Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti (Arrow, Supergirl, Blindspot, Riverdale), Andrew Kreisberg (Arrow, Supergirl, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow), Aaron Helbing (Spartacus, Black Sails), Todd Helbing (Spartacus, Black Sails) and Sarah Schechter (Arrow, Riverdale, Supergirl).
So how is the set? Let’s get into it.
The Episodes: I won’t lie: Season 3 of The Flash was… not my favorite. Season 1 of the series, especially, showed us what a great guy Barry Allen is, as played so well by Grant Gustin. For Season 3… Barry does something arguably selfish at the start of the season (actually, the end of Season 2) that sets off a chain reaction that makes things miserable for his friends. And that’s not even getting into who Savitar is; sadly, Savitar was another storyline I wasn’t that invested in, though I was curious to see how Iris would be saved, of course.
That’s not to say there aren’t gems in the season, and the production value in the season is unparalleled. Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy!) is in the season and involved in a story with a Philosopher’s Stone and he goes to the Planet of the Apes! Two great connections right there, right? There are also some really good performances in the year, and of course, stories like the musical “Duet” keep us running home to you — err, this show. It’s just sad when you can’t get behind Barry and usually happy characters like Cisco are miserable.
With that said… we get to see Kid Flash! And honestly, Season 3 goes down a lot better when you know where it’s going. On Blu-ray, it looks beautiful, so there’s a plus.
Graphics and Sound: As I said, it’s worth springing for the Blu-ray just because it looks so damned good.
The Extras: Of all the CW superhero shows, it seems The Flash is the one that Warner Bros. Home Entertainment goes “all out” on, at least in the extras department.
There are at least a half dozen extras on this set. I was particularly enamored with the “Rise of Gorilla City” feature that showed all the work that Armen Kevorkian and his team put in to creating that world. On Blu-ray, as I mentioned, the effects look fantastic, and I’m now sad about two things: One, that The Flash has not yet gotten an Emmy for VFX; and two, why is it that mediocrity like The Inhumans can get on IMAX but stuff like this doesn’t hit the big screen? This is high quality stuff.
There are a few featurettes on the musical and the impressive work behind the scenes with Blake Neely and his team. I was a little bummed Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s Rachel Bloom wasn’t interviewed, though I’m sure she’s pretty busy. It was fun learning things, for example, that Victor Garber wanted to be a part of it even though Stein wasn’t a part of The Flash at that time.
Deleted scenes are available for several episodes which, of course, expand the world a little bit and make one wonder why The CW can’t forego a few in-house promotions in an hour and extend the episodes a little bit.
I really liked “Allied: The Invasion Complex” featurette on The Flash portion of the 4-show crossover though I’m forever annoyed that the entire crossover isn’t available in one place for those who want to see it. I get Supergirl not being included since that scene was reprised on The Flash, but even a recap would’ve been nice. Or, a separate release with the entirety of “Invasion!”
Yes, there’s a gag reel. Yes, there’s dancing. Yes, there’s a Malfoy joke.
What’s not so good? A featurette on time travel took the subject way too seriously and put me to sleep. And I LOVE time travel. I didn’t love that featurette. Sorry-not-sorry.
Is It Worth It? Between the increased video quality and the sheer number of extras, The Flash: The Complete Third Season is absolutely worth owning on Blu-ray. You can order your copy from Amazon, where you will get a discounted price and support KSiteTV in the process!