One of the most surprising things about the first season of The Flash was the difference in tone to its companion show, Arrow. Especially considering they were brought to life by the same team and one was actually a spin-off of the other. Where Arrow had a tendency to be dark and grounded in its storytelling, right out of the gate, The Flash set itself apart, bringing a lighter tone and feel to DC’s television universe. It’s not really all that surprising, given that this show is based on a guy who gains super speed after being struck by lightning, created during a particle accelerator explosion. Reality kind of goes right out the window when you introduce super-powers into the mix.
The CW has released an extended trailer for the series, which you can check out here:
Season one ended on a rather big cliff-hanger, leaving both Central City and our hero in mortal danger. Of course, we all know nothing is actually going to happen to The Flash, because the show is named after him and all, but it was still a way for the network to build excitement for the debut of the show’s sophomore season. While the new season will begin with a 6 month time jump, rumor has it that the events in the season one finale will be addressed in the season two premiere episode.
The new season is also bringing with it a slew of new characters, including Jay Garrick, the Flash from one of the alternate dimensions, who we do get a look at here in the trailer. Executive producer Andrew Kriesberg recently spoke to Entertainment Weekly and here’s what he had to say about the new additions:
There’s a little condescension from Jay. Jay is a little bit more world-weary and he’s seen a lot. He’s been The Flash for a while, so he’s a little further along in his career. He’s seen a lot of darkness, and it’s jaded him a little bit. He thinks Barry can be a bit naïve about the way the world works… One of Barry’s greatest gifts — and truly it’s one of Grant’s greatest gifts, too — is he’s got such an infectious energy and such a purity of heart that he makes you want to be a better person. As much as Barry learns from Jay about being The Flash, Jay learns just as much about being a good person from Barry.
I would liken Wally coming in to the way we brought on Colton Haynes on toArrow. Just like with Colton Haynes, who eventually one day put on the Arsenal costume, I wouldn’t be surprised if one day Wally West becomes Kid Flash… Part of the season is watching Barry mature and grow up not just as The Flash, but as Barry Allen. Suddenly introducing him to a bit of a wayward kid who has some attitude problems and some authority issues and is quick with a sassy remark — all of which is very Wally West — and then watching Wally integrate into S.T.A.R. Labs universe, but also just the world of these characters, is going to be a lot of the fun of the back half of the year.
She’s got a very specific reason for wanting to fight metahumans, which we’ll learn about during the course of the season. She’s a science nerd, too. She really loves the science aspect of it, and she and Barry really bond on that level, but she also loves the action… She earns her metahuman fighting stripes in the second episode. One of the cool things about Patty is it’s one thing to take on bank robbers, it’s another to take on someone who can turn into poison gas, or another guy who can control the weather. At a key moment early on, Patty is the only cop who stands her ground, and that proves to Joe that she’s got what it takes.
We wanted another speedster as a villain, but we wanted to do something slightly different. Reverse Flash felt like a warrior, and what we wanted this time was something more akin to a monster. When you finally see Zoom, he looks like a demon, and it’s really scary. It’s more horrific. You should feel like when one of H.R. Giger’s aliens comes in the room. The mask is really amazing… Like with Wells last year, he has a very specific agenda and a very specific and very clean reason for doing what he’s doing. When we open the season, he’s a villain of Earth-Two, and now he has access to Earth-One. Yet again, our team has created their own nemeses for the season. Watching how Zoom enacts his plan is the plot of the first nine episodes.
What I liked about the first season of The Flash was the character dynamics and the overall tone of the show. The CW has done a great job of casting for all of their DC shows, so I have no doubt these new additions will fit right in. I’m interested to see where the show-runners go with this whole alternate timeline/dimensions thing, as it brings a whole new way of storytelling and endless possibilities to both The Flash and Arrow. Add DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow into the mix and this entire universe explodes with promise. I can’t wait to see how it all plays out.
Season 2 of The Flash is set to premiere on Tuesday October 6, 2015.
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