A brand new season of The Flash has begun in earnest, courtesy of those lovely DC TV peddlers The CW, and we’ll be keeping you up to date with all the news that’s fit to print about forthcoming episodes right here, including trailers, pictures, casting news, air dates and possibly some spoilery bits, too (we’ll make sure to warn you about those in advance, so you can side-step them if want).
Here’s the trailer for episode 11, entitled ‘The Elongated Knight Rises’…
And here’s the synopsis for the episode…
When a familiar villain returns to terrorise Central City, Ralph (guest star Hartley Sawyer) must rise up to defend the innocent while Barry (Grant Gustin) is detained by his trial. Meanwhile, Barry searches for the strength to keep his optimism alive in the face of his new circumstances.
The Flash season 4 release date
The Flash season 4 started back up in the US on 16th January. Sky1 should resume airing it here in the UK soon.
We’ll bring you more news as we hear it.
In the meantime, you’ll find more info on page 2 of this article…
The Flash season 4 trailer
A new trailer for season 4 of The Flash has also arrived. Have a look below…
Previously, a couple of new previews for season 4 of The Flash landed online, and in the first, producers Helbing and Andrew Kreisberg talk about what’s coming up.
Take a look…
A new trailer that features all three of the main CW DC series’ has also arrived. You can check that out below…
Here was the first trailer we had for The Flash season 4…
The Flash season 4 costume
Just a quick update to our news hub for The Flash season 4, here. CBR has shared this shot of Grant Gustin on set in a new costume…
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That looks a lot like his future costume from season 3, doesn’t it?
Is this the regular Barry, back from the Speed Force, or another future version?
Or is it a second attempt by Cisco to make a Barry hologram, to replace the real one?
Or is it a different character, such as Wally, with a hologram face mask thingy on? Who ruddy knows at this stage.
The Flash season 4 cast
In the wake of that Comic Con trailer, some cast news for The Flash season 4 has been trickling in.
For one thing, EW is reporting that Tom Felton will not be a series regular this season. The former Draco Malfoy actor was a major part of season 3, but won’t have such a large role in season 4.
“As of yet, Felton has not booked a return to the show”, EW’s report states, before noting that, nonetheless, “we could see Felton again if it makes sense for the story and his scheduling permits it.” Just don’t expect him to be a regular member of Team Flash.
In other cast-based news, Danny Trejo is joining the show! The Machete, From Dusk Till Dawn and Heat actor will play an interdimensional bounty hunter by the name of Breacher.
It was also confirmed that Neil Sandilands will play the big bad of the season, The Thinker. Plus, Kim Engelbrecht will play another DC baddie, The Mechanic.
Thus far, we haven’t seen any of these new characters in action. But we’ll let you know as images and clips start to appear.
It was announced quite recently that Mike And Dave Need Wedding Dates star Sugar Lyn Beard would be playing Hazard in season 4 of The CW’s hit DC show The Flash, and now we’ve got our first look at Rebecca Sharpe in her faithfully-designed costume. Take a look (and click to embiggen)…
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That’s pretty spot on. Well played, Flash costume department.
When Beard was confirmed for the role, Variety described her character as “perpetually down-on her luck” and “convinced her life is cursed – until a freak accident changes everything. With the universe on her side, she poses a threat to both Team Flash and Central City.”
Indeed, the character of Hazard made her debut in 87’s Infinity, Inc. #34, and can manipulate the outcome of events with a roll of some very special dice, which could spell trouble for…well, pretty much everyone, especially on a show like The Flash.
News outlet Deadline has revealed that How To Get Away With Murder star Kendrick Sampson will be joining the growing cast of The Flash in the next episode, and will turn into a bit of a fixture when the series resumes in mid-January, too. The actor will be playing Dominic Lanse, a.k.a. Brainstorm. Dominic is “an affable TSA Agent who becomes the unwitting recipient of meta-human powers. Now Dominic bears the gift and curse of reading people’s thoughts, whether he wants to or not.”
EW has annouced that Battlestar Galactica‘s own Kara Thrace, Katee Sackhoff, will be joining the fourth season of The Flash.
Sackhoff will be playing the villainous Amunet Black (Blacksmith) in the series, “a steely and badass boss of an underground black market for supervillains. Amunet uses every means possible, including the long list of metahumans under her thumb, to ensure her illicit enterprise thrives.” The character has been in and out of the comics since 2001.
She’ll first emerge in episode 5 of The Flash, entitled ‘Girls Night Out’, which is a sort-of crossover with Arrow, as Emily Bett Rickards is also set to appear.
The Flash season 4 Elongated Man
Grant Gustin’s Barry Allen landed himself in a bit of a pickle at the end of The Flash season 3 – he’s currently trapped in the Speed Force, atoning for his Flashpoint sins.
Now, That Hashtag Show is reporting that The CW network has put out some casting calls; one of which alludes to a new superhero.
As DC Comics fans will notice, this sounds a lot like the classic stretchy hero Elongated Man…
Male, Mid to late 30s, Open Ethnicity. Think Ryan Reynolds or Chris Pratt, Ralph has the ability to stretch his body to super-human lengths and sizes…however, while resculpting his old body is easy to do, Dibny finds losing the old misguided sense of truth and slobbery, even after joining the team at S.T.A.R. Labs, is a far more difficult task to accomplish. MAJOR RECURRING GUEST STAR WITH A SERIES REGULAR OPTION FOR NEXT SEASON
Only time will tell how legit this description is. But a wacky new hero like Elongated Man certainly sounds like fun.
The Flash season 4 premiere
Also, an old foe will reappear in the season 4 premiere. EW has confirmed that Britne Oldford will reprise the role of Shawna Baez, aka Peek-a-Boo, in The Flash‘s season 4 opener.
Peek-a-Boo is a teleporting Metahuman who made her debut in the season 1 episode Crazy For You. She was later broken out of the pipeline prison by Captain Cold and Golden Glider, before going off the radar. She also appeared in the Chronicles Of Cisco web series.
Now, one assumes, Baez will show up again and cause some more trouble, just when Team Flash is most vulnerable.
The Flash season 4 story
Here’s a fresh synopsis for The Flash season 4…
Running up against an evil time remnant version of yourself is something no one should ever have to do, but that’s exactly what faced Barry Allen (aka The Flash) as he fought to save the life of fiancée Iris West from the God of Speed known as Savitar. Barry’s victory was short-lived, however, as an unbalanced Speed Force began to wreak havoc on Central City, forcing Barry to sacrifice himself for the greater good. With The Fastest Man Alive now trapped inside an extra-dimensional energy, and unknown dangers lurking in the shadows, it will be up to Team Flash to free Barry from his own personal Hell.
CBR is reporting, based on a since-deleted Tweet from the show’s production office, that the season 4 premiere now has a title: The Flash Reborn.
Previously, we found out how the fourth season of The Flash begins. Spoilers ahead…
It seems there’s a bit more of a time leap in store when The Flash returns for season 4 in October.
Candice Patton, who plays Iris West in the series, has set the scene for the opening episodes with comicbook:
“We pick up six months later,” the actress revealed. “S.T.A.R. Labs is trying to keep it together without Barry, so Kid Flash is kind of taking up a lot of the slack for Barry; Iris is kind of the team leader at S.T.A.R. Labs this season – or at least starting in the season without Barry – and Joe, and Cisco… We’re all trying to keep Central City safe without The Flash. It’s hard – it’s hard not having him around.”
In a separate interview with Enterainment Weekly, however, co-star Carlos Valdes confirmed that there will be some conflict about whether to concentrate all the team’s energy on retrieving Barry.
“I wish I could say that the team unanimously agrees that things are not the same when the season starts, but not everybody feels that way,” Valdes explained. “Most of the energy on the team is toward getting Barry back, and Cisco may or may not have some things up his sleeve with regards with how to make that happen, but there is a member of the team that’s not on board, and that ultimately makes the mission to get Barry back a lot more difficult. But the thing about Cisco is if he wants to get his friends back, he will do whatever it takes the get his friends back — and that’s not just Barry.”
The Flash himself, Grant Gustin, was a bit more matter-of-fact about what to expect from his titular character when the show returns. “Six months later. Barry’s in the Speed Force. And that’s pretty much all I’ve got, because Barry’s in the Speed Force.”
In a new interview with Digital Spy, Danielle Panabaker gets real about the nature of her character’s relationship with Tom Felton’s Julian.
“Here’s the one thing I will say about Caitlin’s relationship with Julian last year – I think he was more into her than she was into him.”
Brutal. Panabaker also thinks that team will feel Julian’s absence in the fourth season of The Flash, but Caitlin? Not so much.
“She was dealing with so much personal stuff, so much turmoil, as she was learning about her powers. So I think it’s a loss for the show and for Team Flash, but I don’t know that Caitlin feels Julian’s absence as deeply as she felt, for example, [her late fiancé] Ronnie’s absence. She’d been through so much, and was so confused. I think the whole Savitar/Barry thing was very difficult for her, and I think she needed some time to step away from Team Flash, and sort of find herself, and find her own power again.”
We’ve been told on a few occasions that both fans of Killer Frost and of Caitlin won’t be disappointed in season 4, and it seems like Panabaker is looking forward to proving that to us. “I like that our show gives us the opportunity to play all of the extremes – that I get to be bad, and I get to be sweet Caitlin. I also think it’s interesting to find the imperfect elements in Caitlin, and the more human elements of Killer Frost – as an actor, it’s a fun challenge to play against the stereotypes.”
In a previous interview with the site, she also affirmed that there’ll be a lot less drama when the show returns.
“We’re filming episode 5 [of season 4] right now and there’s already a lot more levity to the show. It’s sort of getting back to our roots of season 1, where it was a little bit lighter and there really was so much heart. So I’m excited to get to explore that a little bit more.”
The executive producer of The CW’s The Flash, Andrew Kreisberg, has been chatting about Barry and Iris’ future with EW, and it’s pretty much spoileriffic from here on in, folks, so beware…
After a fan asked whether Barry and Iris will be getting married during the upcoming season, Kreisberg confirmed that they will absolutely be tying the knot at long last.
“They are finally going to get married this season and then it’s going to be: Can they stay married with everything that’s coming up against them?” he teased.
And it seems that things will get so strained when Barry returns to swipe back Iris’ current leadership of Team Flash, that the pair will end up going to couples therapy together.
“Barry and Iris keep comically clashing inadvertently because she’s used to being in charge, and he’s used to being in charge, and so they wind up going to couples therapy to work through it,” he explained. “The two of them with the therapist is some of the funniest stuff we have ever done on this show, but it also leads to a deepening of their relationship.”
But the choice to work through their problems may only be made after Caitlin’s encouragement.
“Caitlin has been through so much herself in relationships, and if anyone can offer advice, it would be her,” added Candice Patton, who plays Iris. “She’s there quite often to give Iris advice on her relationship with Barry and how to move forward. It’s actually more her idea that they go to counselling and get help.”
Talking with TVLine, showrunner Todd Helbing explained a bit more about how Barry will emerge a different person than he was when we left him at the end of season 3.
Mild spoilers ahead…
“Barry’s time in the speed force let him deal with all of the baggage that he had the last three seasons, everything with his mom and his dad and Flashpoint. So when he comes out, he’s sort of left that all behind,” Helbing revealed. “It does really allow Barry and Grant [Gustin], in a lot of ways, to play these scenes with a lot more lightness to it. The combination of the scripts being a lot more fun and more joke-ridden, and just the state that Barry’s in when he comes out, it’s really changed the show quite a bit. There’s definitely a comedic tonal shift that we’re really loving right now.”