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Season 3 is just around the corner, and The Flash fans are getting pumped! Nothing fuels that excitement more than conventions like San Diego Comic Con. If you weren’t lucky enough to attend SDCC 2016, here are five things we learned about the show and its direction for the new season.
1. The West family isn’t real tight.
It’s hard to believe, but Jesse Martin told fans at SDCC that in the new reality, Joe West’s relationship with Iris isn’t that great. Wally is in the picture, but it’s unknown whether or not Francine is part of the Flashpoint timeline. Jesse said that Joe is really unhappy, depressed. Perhaps that’s due to rebellious children and a nagging wife.
2. Cisco is a totally different dude.
Cisco is a gazilionaire who wears suits and ties and likes to flaunt his money. The guy comes to work everyday in a helicopter!
Yes, I’m talking about cute and quirky Cisco Ramone. Carlos Valdes told fans at SDCC that filming the scene where Barry meets the new reality’s Cisco for the first time was a lot of fun to shoot since Barry knows Cisco from the other timeline but Cisco has no idea at all who Barry is. It’s good to know, however, that Cisco hasn’t lost his knack for nicknames. In the teaser trailer, he refers to Barry as “String Bean.”
I hope this Flashpoint timeline doesn’t last too long because I am really going to miss Cisco’s quips, sci-fi TV references and nerdy graphic t-shirts.
3. Barry and Iris don’t even know each other! (but love always finds a way)
With both of his parents alive, Barry never went to live with Joe and Iris. That means there were no male bonding moments between Joe and Barry and no chance to spark a budding romance, or at the very least a rock solid friendship. Grant Gustin told fans that Barry remembers the previous timeline and he figures “I’m just gonna find her and it’s gonna work out. Barry logic.” Executive producer Todd Helbing put West/Allen shippers at ease when he during The Flash panel that with this little nugget:
“In any timeline, Barry and Iris ultimately find each other.”
4. Season three will have 2 Big Bads … that’s right 2!
Helbing said the first big bad of the season will be Dr. Alchemy. He describes Alchemy as a “bad dude” and a “formidable adversary” for all of Team Flash. Readers of the comics are no doubt aware of who Alchemy is and of what he is capable. The rest of us will just have to wait. Judging by the way he looks, though, Dr. Alchemy is not only a bad dude, he’s a pretty creepy one, too.
One thing the producers did reveal about Alchemy is that he is going to be voiced by Tobin Bell, a.k.a. Jigsaw. How totally awesome is that?!?
I am super excited to see this particular big bad in action. Rumors from the comic book world are that Alchemy is a forensic specialist with Central City PD, and considered to be Barry’s equal. Hmm. A forensic specialist with the CCPD. New character. Julian Dorn, anyone? Tom Felton, the actor on tap to play Julian Dorn, told fans at SDCC that “any character I play, you should see as a threat.” This season is going to be so much fun!
Felton, who said he already feels like part of the family, hinted that this role was meant to be for him when he told fans the last time he attended SDCC, “I was representing a franchise symbolized by a lightning bolt.”
As for the second big bad in season three, Helbing said it’s a “speedster that we’ll reveal later.” I’m guessing that speedster is the Reverse Flash.
The trailer gives us a glimpse of good ol’ Eobard Thawne in the yellow suit. From the looks of it, he’s proving to be quite a prickly little thorn in Barry’s side, and enjoying it very much! He even goes so far as to call Barry a villain for resetting the universe. C’mon, now. You can’t blame a guy for wanting both of his parents alive.
5. Barry still has his speed, but someone else is The Flash.
Barry’s decision to turn back time didn’t alter his status as a speedster, but now he’s just a really fast forensic scientist because someone else has assumed the role of “The Fastest Man Alive.” Wally West makes his debut as Kid Flash. Keiynan Lonsdale, who plays Wally West told fans putting that suit on for the first time was surreal.
“I think every kid grows up wishing he could have super powers and be a superhero … and it looked pretty dope. So, I was like, cool. I feel good.”
The one character whose presence is still unknown is Harrison Wells. At the end of season 2, Harry Wells went back to Earth 2 with his daughter. How will he fit into this new universe that Barry’s created? Tom Cavanagh, who plays the various versions of Harry said being able to do that is a tremendous opportunity for an actor. He considers it a privilege to play a constantly changing character. And he does it so well! However they decide to bring Harrison back, I’m sure Cavanagh will deliver him perfectly.
With all the changes created by the new timeline, the show is loaded with endless possibilities. Be sure to tune in to The CW when The Flash returns in October.