The Flash Season 2 comes to a close this week, and Season 3 has already been confirmed. It begs the question as to what the future holds for CW’s The Flash.
The Flash, as played by Grant Gustin, has gone through the many stages of death since his mother was killed by the Reverse-Flash. The Flash has carried the dark direction that the CW started with Arrow, but for those who have read the DC Comic book, the Scarlet Speedster is the eternal optimist. The Flash was very optimistic until his father was also murdered by another Speedster.
Comicbook reports that The Flash will not lose his optimism for Season 3 because Grant Gustin said so.
“We won’t lose it. I will be adamant! I don’t know what’s going to happen in season 3, how they’re going to write it, where they’re going to go, but Berlanti and Kreisberg and Geoff – I actually don’t know how closely Geoff’s involved anymore – but all those guys know The Flash better than anybody, and they know that he has to have the optimism.”
The Flash just watched his father get murdered by Zoom in the same childhood home where Reverse-Flash murdered his mother. That certainly sounds like a lot to overcome to be optimistic, but Grant Gustin insists that Barry Allen will find a way to deal with this too.
“He lost his mom at a young age, he saw her right in front of him, then went back in time and watched it again… he’ll find a way to deal with this. He’s not going to let it ruin him. It’s going to be hard to come back from this one, but he’ll stay optimistic Barry.”
The Flash may have lost his mother at a young age, but DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer and DC Comics writer Geoff Johns had a mother and all the annoyances that go along with getting in trouble with his mom at a young age. Johns, the writer of many Kid Flash/Wally West comics, managed to get himself grounded from reading The Flash and other comics.
“I’m such a big fan of Wally West, I remember buying his first issue [as The Flash]. I was grounded, actually. My friend came to the window, and I opened the screen – it would always stick, it would take forever. And I gave him 75 cents and he went to the drug store, down the hill, got it, then came back and gave it to me through the window.”
Geoff Johns would go on to not only be grounded in general, but he would also have his entire box of comics taken and grounded from the very comic book adventures of The Flash that he risked trouble to acquire. Speaking of the Flash and the Multiverse, many know that Barry Allen wasn’t always the Flash, and Grant Gustin will not always play the character in a live-action adaptation.
Shortly into The Flash Season 1, Ezra Miller was cast as the film version of the Flash.
Needless to say, it did not go over well with many, and especially not Reverse-Flash/Harrison Wells actor Tom Cavanagh.
“Here’s what I’ll say about him not being The Flash. The first thing is that for Zack Snyder to say ‘that’s not really the universe that we’re building,’ it’s excruciating for an actor. Because you’re like, ‘Uh, what about acting?’ He’s a clean-cut guy and winning, yes, because he’s acting that. He’s not Barry Allen. He’s Grant Gustin. He created that thing. If you want [your Flash] to have long hair and be a slacker, believe me, Grant can play that. He makes it look easy and makes everyone think that’s what he is because he’s an incredibly skilled talent. That’s why he has that job. That’s why people like the show.”
Cavanagh is speaking of director Zack Snyder’s response to the repeated questioning of the decision not to cast CW’s Grant Gustin, where he explained that the DC Comics universes are separate. More or less, this happens to be true. Marvel Comics, however, has chosen to keep their TV and film properties connected.
This has yet to come together for Marvel, so who knows which publisher has the correct formula.
The Flash Season 2 finale airs May 24 at 6 p.m., and the final confrontation between Zoom and the Flash is on.
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