'The Flash' Interview: EP Andrew Kreisberg, Tom Cavanagh and Danielle Panabaker on Barry's Transition, Villains and More
'The Flash' Interview: EP Andrew Kreisberg, Tom Cavanagh and Danielle Panabaker on Barry's Transition, Villains and More
Carla Day
Carla Day
Contributing Writer, BuddyTV
This Fall, the CW is expanding the DC universe with their new series, The Flash. During San Diego Comic-Con, Executive Producer Andrew Kreisberg and stars Tom Cavanagh (Dr. Harrison Wells) and Danielle Panabaker (Caitlin Snow) spoke with reporters about their new series.

They discussed Barry's transition from a man to a hero, villains who will be showing up, crossovers from Arrow and more. Check out the video interviews below, including the highlights.

Interview with Executive Producer Andrew Kreisberg

Highlights from the interview:

  • The series will have brand new villains and some crossover by villains from Arrow.
  • Arrow focused on non-powered villains and those who traditionally had powers were de-powered. For Flash, they will have villains with powers.
  • They do what they want to see on the screen. As far as crossovers, they enjoy having Oliver, Felicity, Diggle come over to The Flash, but it's also about the little mentions like when a newscaster will say, "Ray Palmer is taking over Queen Consolidated."
  • Crossover mentions will be similar to those between Doctor Who and Torchwood. People don't have to watch both shows, but it rewards the Uberfans.
  • Barry's initial struggle will be "how to even do this." On Arrow, Oliver was as much of the Green Arrow as he would ever be in the pilot. He had the expertise, his journey was "his changing morality."
  • Barry's not always going to win. He has challenges because he "gets his ass kicked." He will also have emotional, psychological and morality-based challenges. Barry always had the "heart of the hero and now he has the legs of a hero too."
  • "It's a superhero coming of age story in the beginning."
  • "Besides Batman and Spiderman, The Flash has the best villains. ... There's an endless supply of villains."
  • Cisco is a fanboy on the show and he comes up with names for people. It's a way to namecheck the villains.
  • Wentworth Miller is playing Captain Cold. He's the "Joker," the "Lex Luthor" of The Flash. Miller had just decided to return to acting. It was perfect timing to get him on the show. 
  • William Sadler is playing Simon Stagg. 
  • Captain Cold is introduced in Episode 4, which is also the episode that Felicity Smoak visits from Starling City. She comes to help with a case. 
  • "There's unfinished business between Felicity and Barry." They felt it was important to have them address their relationship. 
  • It's the first time Barry and his team have issues within the team. Felicity understands the complex nature of working on a team. "She will help Team Flash take their next step."

Interview with Tom Cavanagh

Highlights from the interview:

  • Wells sees Barry as a person and a project. Wells plays an important role in Barry's life. Barry has three men in his life. Barry's father is in prison. Det. West is the "de facto on the ground father." When the "big bang" happens, Wells becomes one of the greatest influences on him.
  • "I don't know what you are talking about." when Wells is referred to as a villain.
  • Villains just keep on coming. He gets chills over Captain Cold.
  • He's excited about doing an hour long show that's not a procedural. A show with some comedy with heart are difficult to come by these days. 
  • "You don't have to be a comic book person to come on board, the action, and the humor." Most hour-long don't have the lightheartedness. There's levity and action. Barry is innocent and a regular person.
  • "He's not completely defined by the wheelchair, so in a strange way it's not a massive factor."
  • Wells is the smartest guy in the room and you don't want people to talk down to him, but that ended up not being an issue. 

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Interview with Danielle Panabaker

Highlights from interviews:

  • In the pilot, she's grieving over the loss of her fiance. Barry helps her by sharing his own loss with her and helping her move on.
  • In episode 3, the flashbacks show a different side to Caitlin when she's happy and very much in love. She won't find out that her love is alive right away.
  • When she got the job, she started reading the comics, but the producers are a great source of information.
  • She takes the character episode by episode rather than looking forward to what will happen in the future.
The Flash premieres Tuesday, October 7 at 8pm ET on the CW.

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