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SDCC Interview: Flash EP Andrew Kreisberg On Villains, Crossovers & More

Interview with Flash executive producer Andrew Kreisberg from Comic-Con 2014.



Who’s ready for another interview from Comic-Con?

This evening we’d like to share with you our video interview with Andrew Kreisberg from the Flash press room at this year’s Comic-Con International in San Diego. Here’s the video, and some highlights are discussed below:

Time of Death– On villains: “There’s going to be a lot of brand new villains. We’re actually going to have one villain from Arrow come over in one of the early episodes,” Kreisberg says, surely alluding to the Clock King, who will appear in Flash Episode 7. “What’s so much fun about Flash is – on Arrow, we’ve generally steered toward the non-powered villains, and even when we had some of the powered villains, we de-powered them, or we fit them into our world, like the Royal Flush Gang. But now doing the Flash, it’s opened up. The Flash has the best villains of any comic book character, so we’re really excited to be exploring all of them, but also having the opportunity to revisit some of the Arrow’s nemeses, and bring them over.”

– Team Flash is making the kind of show that they, too, would enjoy if they weren’t working on it. “We always do what we want to see. I joke if I’m not on the stage, I’d be out in the audience, so for us, so much of the fun of getting to do a spin-off and getting to do these superheroes [is] that they do exist in the same world, and we do get to see them interact. The big crossovers, like having Oliver and Felicity and Dig coming over to Flash, but even just the little things like where [there’s] a news screen on a Flash episode, [and] the newscaster says ‘in other news, Ray Palmer’s takeover of Queen Consolidated…’doctorwho_crew We’re reminding people that they are in the same world, and not in a way that, if you’re not watching one of the shows, you’re going to be like ‘what the hell is going on,’ but if you are watching both shows, it’s like ‘oh, that’s so nice.’ I’m such a big Doctor Who fan, and at one time when they had Sarah Jane Adventures and Doctor Who and Torchwood going on at the same time, whenever there’d be a little mention, you’d go ‘Aww!’ And it just rewarded you for being like an uber-fan, and we do really like that,” Kreisberg says.

– Character evolution: “Oliver in the pilot of Arrow was as much the Green Arrow as he will ever be, at least expertise-wise. FLA101b_0507rThat show is a study about his changing morality, as somebody who’s lost their humanity and getting it back. For Barry, he’s just a normal guy who suddenly has super powers, and just because he won once in the pilot, doesn’t mean he’s always going to win, especially in some of these early episodes. He comes up against some challenges, and some of them are because he gets his @$$ kicked. Some of them are emotional. Some of them are psychological. Some of them are his own morality, and how it’s changing. So, a lot of it is suddenly like ‘be careful what you wish for.’ We always say Barry had the heart of a hero, but now he has the legs of a hero, too, and that comes with its own challenges. It’s much more of a superhero coming of age story in the beginning,” Andrew promises.

Screen Shot 2014-05-16 at 1.47.08 PM– Villains: “Again, aside from Batman and Spider-Man, Flash has, hands down, the best villains, and especially with all of the work that so many talented comic book writers have done, especially Geoff [Johns]. The villains are, in some ways, just as interesting as the hero, and not just because they’re flamboyant, but because they have their own lives, and getting to dip into them… it’s no secret Green Arrow doesn’t have the world’s greatest villains. After Merlyn and Vertigo, you’re scraping the bottom of the barrel. [With Flash] there’s this endless supply of villains that we’re going to get to use. Screen Shot 2014-05-16 at 1.57.44 PMOne of the fun things about this show, because sometimes they have not-the-greatest names, like Rainbow Raider, or even Captain Cold… Cisco is sort of the fanboy on the show, he’s constantly coming up with the names for people. So even as he’s doing it, he’ll pitch a name, and they’ll be like ‘that’s really lame.’ But it’s a way to name-check some of these villains that I think the fans will find fun,” he says.

104119– One of those big name villains will be Captain Cold, played by Wentworth Miller in Episode 4 “Going Rogue.” “We’re so excited about Wentworth,” Andrew says. “Captain Cold… he’s the Joker. He’s Lex Luthor, for the Flash, and to get somebody like Wentworth… we seem to always be the beneficiaries of great timing, and Wentworth has – since he finished Prison Break, he’s been screenwriting, and he wrote Stoker, and he’s just now wanting to dip his toe back into acting, and it was perfect timing. Greg [Berlanti] met with him, and he really liked the character, and I think he liked being the bad guy. We’re super excited to have him.”

– Who else is guest starring? “Bill Sadler is playing Simon Stagg from the comic books in Episode 2, and we have Emily Bett Rickards – Felicity – who is coming over in the same Captain Cold episode, and that’s as much as I can say right now,” Kreisberg teases. As for what Felicity is doing there, “she’s going to end up helping him out on a case. Even if The Flash hadn’t gone, Grant and Barry made such a huge impact on [Arrow], and it wasn’t something that we dropped. The ScientistIf you kept watching the show, there was constant mentions of Barry being in a coma, and Caitlin and Cisco came over, so forgetting the Flash, there’s unfinished business with Barry and Felicity, and I think it would have been a disservice to all of the people were supporting “Baricity” – and as much as it clearly had meant to Felicity over the back half of the season, to not address that… in some ways it was more important to have Felicity and Barry cross over than it was to do bigger crossovers with, like, The Arrow and Flash, because I feel like that’s stuff that the fans are going to want to find out what happened there, and what does that mean, and what does it mean moving forward. But what’s really great about her coming over is, in addition to the fun of it, part of the emotional structure of that episode is it’s the first time Barry and his team are having conflicts about how to go about what they’re doing, and Felicity is able to both help Barry and Caitlin, Cisco, and Wells, because she knows what it’s like to work on a team, and not always have a team that works functionally, and how important it is to be there for each other. So, it’s great in every way. You get the Barry and Felicity of it, but it’s not just a gimmick. She’s really there to help Team Flash take their next step.”

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Crisis on Infinite Earths

The Flash: Eric Wallace Discusses Barry’s Coming Crisis

The Flash EP Eric Wallace discusses what the Crisis on Infinite Earths will mean for Barry and Iris.



Warning: Spoilers for the Flash Season 6 premiere “Into the Void” are being discussed here.

A Crisis is coming… Crisis on Infinite Earths, that is… and on December 10, 2019… Barry Allen is destined to die. And the story engine will guide The Flash Season 6 toward exciting places.

“Crisis turned out to be the best thing that could have happened — I can’t speak for the other shows, but I certainly speak for The Flash — because it created an immediacy to things,” Executive Producer Eric Wallace recently said in a group Q&A. “We know that December 10, 2019, The Flash will die. He just said it. We’re not messing around. So as a married couple, [Barry and Iris] can count the number of days and weeks. The countdown begins next week. What kind of urgency does that give them? An extreme one. It turns the dial up to 10, and it makes you think, ‘Is every moment together our last? What can we do? Should we fight this? Is it inevitable? These are all the things that they’re grappling with for these next seven episodes, because eight ends, and it’s Crisis time, and it’s time to go off to, literally, cosmic war. So the relationship is strained. But it’s also going to bring them closer together than ever before, because that’s what tragedy does,” he continued.

And how is this different from Season 3, when they saw that Iris was destined to die?

“You should watch next week, when that exact question is asked and answered,” Wallace explained. “That is literally the plot. What this story has enabled us to do is to look back at any other time when somebody was facing life and death, and see how they reacted then. So in the writers’ room, we had a lengthy discussion about how it’s the other side of the coin. We know how they reacted with Iris. How will they react next week? And I will tell you — no spoilers — it’s different. It’s not the same, because of what they learn next week. That’s the great part of the story. The Monitor showing up and kind of making a cosmic pronouncement drives you to extremes in order to fight against or accept the coming Crisis. And every episode this season – 602, 3, 4, 5 and 6, especially — are all about, ‘Do I accept death? Or do I fight it?;’ That’s also the reason why Bloodwork is the villain this season. The villain, as we now know, has HLH cancer and is dying. So for the first time in the show’s history, we have a villain and a protagonist who are going through the same thing. It’s the reason Bloodwork was chosen as a villain this season. It was very deliberate, because they’re going to learn about halfway through the season, ‘Maybe we’re not so different? And what does that mean?”

And finally, do Barry and Oliver know about their respective interactions with The Monitor (LaMonica Garrett) this season?

“No, and boy, I wonder what will happen when they both find out. [Laughs] It’s good stuff. It’s so great, ’cause I can’t tell you when it happens,” Wallace said excitedly. “But I will tell you that is a scene that happened and is a moment, and it is coming. Lets just say people might get pissed off a little,” he laughed.

The Flash airs Tuesdays on The CW.

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Flash EP Discusses Killer Frost’s New Status Quo

Eric Wallace discusses the new status quo for Killer Frost in The Flash Season 6.



As we saw in tonight’s Flash season premiere “Into the Void,” Killer Frost (Danielle Panabaker) is going to be able to live a little bit of a life of her own. What does that mean for her future?

New showrunner Eric Wallace was asked that very question.

“Now that she has a life coach?” he joked, referring to Ralph’s offer. “I will tell you, and again, no spoilers, it has been a pure delight writing Killer Frost this season, because she’s much more in the forefront than Caitlin is.”

“That life coach stuff starts next week in 602,” Wallace teased. “It’s like the second scene and we honor the promise of the premise.We deliver. And it’s it’s led to these hilarious situations. Because basically, it’s like when we talked of her almost as a teenager who finally got the keys to the car but doesn’t know how to drive. We’ve got to drive to go to the store, to get the groceries, to get some wine, to meet your boyfriend, or to go to the movies, or whatever. So everything is new through her eyes, which means she’s gonna make some mistakes, which is great, it’s gonna lead to some more tears, but then at the end, she’s going to grow into something that didn’t exist before. Maybe you do lose that Killer. Maybe it’s just Frost waiting down the line.”

Photos from the second episode of The Flash Season 6, “A Flash of the Lightning,” can be found here.

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New Showrunner Eric Wallace Outlines His Plan For The Flash Season 6

New Flash showrunner Eric Wallace talks about his plan for The Flash Season 6.



Yesterday, The CW hosted a screening for the first episode of The Flash Season 6 “Into The Void”you can see some preview images here — and following the screening, new showrunner and Executive Producer Eric Wallace talked to press in a Q&A. But before he began his interview, he told us of his overall plan for what fans should get from The Flash Season 6 as a whole.

“Usually, one of about two or three things happen in the sixth season of a hit show: snooze-ville, and it goes into cruise mode, and you know, no one really cares, but you kinda watch it because it’s habit. You make your beans while you watch it, you eat it, no big deal,” Wallace illustrated. “Or crash and burn! ‘Oh my! That used to be my favorite show, and I can’t stand it anymore!’ Or third, hopefully [laughs], what we’re going for this season, we’re not looking at this as Season 6 of a show. We’re looking at it as Season 1 of a show. I’m trying very hard, my staff’s trying very hard, the cast and crew, everybody, to reward all of the fans who’ve been watching for five years. And as a thank you, we’re going to try and not give them the exact same thing they’ve gotten for five years, not that it wasn’t great. We love it. I truly love it, because I was a fan of the show before I started working on it.”

“But as a reward, we’re trying some new things,” Wallace continued. “I don’t know if you guys heard at Comic-Con, this is the season of thrills and chills. … But that is kind of the goal. But it’s one of those things where we want to not just keep the joy and the spectacle and the tears. We want to expand upon it. This is the season opener, so there’s only so much you can do in one episode. But the new format of the show, which is graphic novel number one, which just began here…it’s a self-contained story,” he said, pointing to the Ramsey Rossa (Sendhil Ramamurthy) story that begins in the season premiere.

“His story begins, it burns very hot,” Wallace explained. “By the time we get to 603, 604, we’re in cuckoo town, essentially. I mean that in the best way, because the story ends in 608. That’s wrapped up. The end. We go to Crisis. And then, starting at 610, it’s a brand new story, graphic novel #2… so it’s given, I think, the season, again, [has] a new fresh energy that I’m hoping is that reward to all the people who’ve been watching for five seasons. I’ve been watching for five seasons, too. I love Zoom, Reverse Flash, Savitar, all the gang. But sometimes me and my wife and my child will watch and go, ‘Dude, shouldn’t he have caught him by now? It’s like Episode 17.’ It’s normal. It’s perfectly normal to think that. And it’s part of the fun, because it’s 22-episode season. But I think folks are in for a little bit of a fresh surprise. We hope everybody enjoys it,” he said.

The Flash Season 6 premieres Tuesday, October 8, and you can find our video interview with Eric Wallace from Comic-Con below. Read more Flash Season 6 coverage here!

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