With the third season of The Flash fully over for a couple of weeks now, fans can turn their thoughts to the upcoming fourth season of The CW’s superhero show. Though I expressed my disappointment in the show’s third season in our review, the final few episodes did pick up and its finale, “The Finish Line,” left some very intriguing tidbits for The Flash Season 4. Let’s take a look at what we might expect to see in the fall.
Wally West – The Flash
Season 3 ended in a fairly major cliffhanger and shake-up for the series. Barry Allen was stepping into the Speed Force’s prison as a consequence for his actions throughout the season. This leaves Central City’s main hero, but still not entirely defenseless. One of the main subplots of the season was Wally West becoming a speedster and naming himself Kid Flash as Barry taught him how to use his powers.
With Barry gone for the foreseeable future, its Wally’s time to step up become the main Flash. For some young comic fans, Wally was actually the only Flash they ever knew, using The Flash name for just over 20 years until Barry’s return in 2008. It will definitely be cool to see The Flash follow in the comic’s footsteps as Wally takes up the mantle.
While Grant Gustin has not left the show, what I hope is The Flash will actually keep him locked in the Speed Force prison for at least a few episodes. This will give Wally a chance to really shine as the new Flash, especially since Keiynan Lonsdale gives a very good portrayal of Wally. He was somewhat sidelined in the final episodes, which was a bit odd given how significant he was in the beginning and middle portions of the season, but this is a great opportunity to expand his role really develop Wally’s character. Hopefully The Flash can hold off on Barry’s return for just a bit.
If you read my overall review of Season 3, you’ll know I wasn’t too happy with Killer Frost. Though Danielle Panabaker still gave a good performance, it was a bit problematic that Caitlin’s turn to Killer Frost was basically Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
Now that the Caitlin and Killer Frost personalities seem to have merged and created a whole new person, we might see a bit more development for the character. How much of Caitlin or Frost is in there? Does one outweigh the other?
Perhaps we’ll see Caitlin/Killer Frost become an anti-hero. In the past, the comic character has been a villain, member of the Suicide Squad and is currently part of the Justice League of America. It’s very likely we’ll see her use her powers for good, but maybe on her own terms or take her vigilantism too far. Of course, she could always be persuaded to join up with Season 4’s supposed villain.
In the final episodes of Season 3, we got two references to a villain Team Flash have yet to face, the most prominent reference coming from Savitar himself. Who is this “DeVoe”?
The man in question is Clifford DeVoe AKA The Thinker. He was an ex-lawyer who decided to become a criminal consultant, believing he could unite the various criminal individuals and factions to take control of Central City. He even built a ‘thinking cap’, allowing him to mentally take over people and move objects. The Flash Season 4 will be the first season that won’t focus on a speedster villain and DeVoe sounds just the type of villain for Flash to face.
What’s interesting about this is his time as a criminal consultant. One of the problems fans have previously had with The Flash is how maligned The Rogues are. They’re a group of Flash’s main villains that stick together and use their combined skills to defeat Flash. The group is commonly made up of Captain Cold, Heat Wave, Mirror Master, Weather Wizard and The Trickster. Each of them have been introduced in the series, though the group has never been fully formed outside a couple small team-ups between its members.
It would be difficult to have The Rogues on the show now, given Heat Wave’s role on Legends of Tomorrow and Cold’s death on said show, but maybe some form of the group can exist (or Snart could always be resurrected somehow). Either way, DeVoe could be the man to put all these various villains into contact with each other, formally creating The Rogues with each member to counter one of Barry or Wally’s specific abilities.
What are you excited for in the new season? Is there anything you hope to see? What new villains or heroes do you think they’ll introduce next?
With all that, that’s what we have to look forward to in The Flash Season 4.