After three years of having largely the same from the main villains, The Flash
is finally going to change things up. TVLine reports that at PaleyFest 2017,
the subject was approached about what kind of villains fans can expect from season 4. Unlike Reverse Flash, Zoom and now Savitar, the villain of season 4 will not be an evil speedster. Plus there are going to be big developments in the mystery of Savitar's identity very soon in season 3.
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"Next season we're not going to have a speedster," Flash
executive producer Andrew Kreisberg said of season 4's villain. When it comes to the current Big Bad, Savitar, Kreisberg did admit that unlike the audience, the show is well aware of who is under his mask. "We know who he is under there, and we've been planning this for a while," Kreisberg explained.
Both of these pieces of news are very encouraging for Flash fans. Savitar has been a step behind some of the other speedster villains of the show because of his lack of clear identity and because there is very little new ground to cover for him. After Reverse Flash and Zoom there is not a lot of new material to make up with another speedy bad guy. The fact that The Flash is aware of both problems is a sign of hope for the future of the series.
Speaking of the future, The Flash is planning on diving forward into Barry Allen's own personal timeline. There is not only another villain coming from the future, Abra Kadabra who will know of Savitar's identity, in episode 18, Barry will time travel once again. In episode 19 of season 3, "The Once and Future Flash," Barry will go back to the future because according to Kriesberg, "Barry decides that the only way he can find out what he needs to know is in the future."
The title "The Once and Future Flash" does seem to confirm a fan theory that Savitar might actually be Barry himself. Savitar knows so much about Barry and Team Flash because he is a version of Barry that comes from the future. This would probably requite a lot of bending backwards and some time travel logic leaps but stranger things have happened on The Flash.
If The Flash fans are concerned, though, that Barry's jaunt to the future might be yet another example of him playing fast and loose with his powers, words from his actor Grant Gustin might assuage those fears. Gustin agrees with fans that Barry has been a little too reckless and selfish as of late. "I agree most of the time as a viewer and a fan with the backlash that Barry receives," Gustin said. Gustin does agree with the narrative The Flash has presented recently where Barry is reacting mostly out of fear this season.
So what do you think? Do these comments alleviate some worries about the direction of The Flash? Are you excited for a non-speedster villain? Who do you think Savitar is?
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