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OUT OF THE SPEED FORCE AND INTO THE FIRE! TEAM FLASH MEETS NEW CHALLENGES (AND CHARACTERS) IN THE FLASH SEASON FOUR!

Cast and Producers Reveal New Characters at Saturday’s Comic-Con Panel

BURBANK, Calif. (July 22, 2017) — After three seasons of running, you’d think Barry Allen would deserve a break. He’s faced his evil-twin time remnant, saved his fiancée from the God of Speed and even sacrificed himself to stabilize the Speed Force. But now, in season four, Allen (aka The Flash) and his team will face new threats with the addition of some new characters, it was revealed at the 2017 Comic-Con panel for The Flash on Saturday, July 22. From the official reveal of next season’s big bad and more, the news had fans racing at a fever pitch.

Danny Trejo

Danny Trejo (Machete, From Dusk Till Dawn, Sons of Anarchy) has signed on to play the role of Breacher, a feared bounty hunter from Earth-19 and the imposing father to inter-dimensional bounty hunter, Gypsy (Jessica Camacho). His mission is to prevent any inter-dimensional traveler from threatening life on his planet — especially his daughter’s.

Neil Sandilands as The Thinker

Arriving in Central City as next season’s central super villain, Neil Sandilands (The 100, The Americans) will play DC villain Clifford Devoe, aka The Thinker, a metahuman with a mega mind who embarks on a season-long battle with The Flash that pits the “fastest man alive” against the “fastest mind alive.” A true genius, he’s devised an intricate plan to fix all that he deems wrong with humanity.

Kim Engelbrecht

Kim Engelbrecht (Dominion, Eye in the Sky) has been set as DC character The Mechanic, a highly intelligent engineer who designs devices for Devoe. As Devoe’s right hand, she’s the truest of true believers who’ll stop at nothing to help him implement his plan to fix humanity.

The Flash returns for season four on Tuesday, October 10, at 8/7c on The CW. Based on the DC characters, the series is executive produced by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, Todd Helbing and Sarah Schechter. The Flash is produced by Bonanza Productions in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television.

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I can believe Barry was that dumb -- he's impulsive, with a tendency to carry everything by himself, and no one was believing him anyway. He's not comic-book Barry. Would have been nice if he'd thought to wear a mask, though.

But yeah, him just getting suspended? And not, "you're suspended until we can ascertain that this photo is real, and then you'll be fired"? That's pushing it.

But as always, NO ONE HAS ANY IDEA HOW JOBS WORK AT THE CW.

It's breath-taking that Barry's supervisor has not yet forced him or Joe to tell them about the mysterious case that has one of the committing B&E. Since there is no case, of course.

Actually, I think those objects are Plastic Man....

Doctor Hmmm? said:

Just wait 'til someone looks around the basement and is inspired to add some color to Ralph's costume.

JohnD said:

Ralph reminds me more of Plastic Man then he does Elongated Man. Right down to the shady past.

Forget it, Jake. It's Central City.
 
Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod) said:



But yeah, him just getting suspended? And not, "you're suspended until we can ascertain that this photo is real, and then you'll be fired"? That's pushing it.

But as always, NO ONE HAS ANY IDEA HOW JOBS WORK AT THE CW.

Actually, Barry not getting fired was the most realistic thing in the whole episode. I can easily believe Barry was suspended and not fired because he works for a police department. Here on Earth-Prime, police officers have done things far worse than what Barry did, and don't get fired.  Even if they get fired, they get rehired.

Captain Comics said:

It's breath-taking that Barry's supervisor has not yet forced him or Joe to tell them about the mysterious case that has one of the committing B&E. Since there is no case, of course.

That part was hard to swallow. Of course, the captain would want to know what case required Barry to do something so dumb.

Very good point, unfortunately. 

ClarkKent_DC said:

Actually, Barry not getting fired was the most realistic thing in the whole episode. I can easily believe Barry was suspended and not fired because he works for a police department. Here on Earth-Prime, police officers have done things far worse than what Barry did, and don't get fired.  Even if they get fired, they get rehired.

I'd been avoiding these threads to avoid spoilers for the big cross-over. It wasn't until just days before that i finally heard anything at all, and that was only the title. Of course, that title carried a lot of implication to old geezers. So, some late thoughts...

On Harrison Welles not getting arrested when bailing out the boys - there's also him not getting arrested for being him. Did i miss them clearing his name at some point? Last i recall, he had to use an imager to hide identity in public so as to avoid being arrested. It was H.R., but same face.

In general, i'm very much liking this version of Ralph Dibny, and was won over completely when his nose did the twitch at the end of his first appearance. Cisco giving him that (intentionally) hideous old costume from early days of The Elongated Man was not only a nice touch for the silver age reference, but it also seems chosen to help work with the budgetary limits of the rendering. I suspect that the shaders will improve over time if he becomes the regular they seem to be leading towards.

Rob - Thanks for collecting Barry's babblings together. I had pulled the subtitle file for that purpose, but had been too lazy to get the job done. Must have been some inner intuition telling me you had already done the work, right? Yeah. Not laziness.

Congratulations, CK! You finally got your wish.

ClarkKent_DC said:

Now I really want to see a double wedding! 

 

The Flash returns tomorrow, January 16, with new episodes, followed by the Black Lightning debut.

Remember Barry's babblings at the beginning of the season? I had a feeling that they were going to come into play as the season progressed. But other than "This house is bitchin'!" -- which arguably everyone could be saying because that translation of the symbols was so goofy, so it's become an in-joke among the characters -- there hasn't been much along those lines.

That's probably about to change as The Trial of Barry Allen begins, considering one of the lines Barry said was:

Your honor, I’m innocent. I didn’t do this. I didn’t kill anyone.

I suspect we'll see that in this episode or the next, as Barry had been framed for killing the Thinker.

Also, there's been some speculation that the girl who gave Barry some champagne before the wedding ceremony might be his and Iris's daughter, Dawn Allen, and with her brother, Don, half of the Tornado Twins -- but also that it might be their granddaughter, Jenni Ognatz (aka Legion of Superheroes member XS). Looking at Barry's babblings makes me think Dawn is more likely than Jenni, because among the lines about the stars melting is this non-sequitur:

We're gonna need more diapers.

Sounds like exactly what you might say if you suddenly found out you were having twins, right?

My favorite part of last night's Flash was to Ralph's speech to Joe as he was on the cusp of making a big mistake. It did my heart good to hear a hero taking a stand against shortcuts to justice.

"The Trial of The Flash" begins -- and ends(?) -- in this week's episode(!)

Wow. The comics "Trial of The Flash" dragged on for two miserable years. The story was, The Flash was slated to die in the Crisis on Infinite Earth series, which necessarily meant canceling the title. So writer Cary Bates proceeded to bore us all to tears with this drawn-out saga.  

So, thank you, TV writers for not making that mistake. However ...

I know this isn't Law & Order, and you all know how much I like District Attorney Cecile, and I am not a lawyer (nor do I play one on TV), but ... Cecile "takes a leave of absence" to defend Barry? No. If Cecile is going to defend Barry, Cecile quits her job.

Not that Cecile did that great a job defending Barry, although she was handicapped by an uncooperative client. 

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