SDCC 2016: Interviews with the Cast of ‘The Flash’

This past weekend at San Diego Comic-Con we had the pleasure of chatting it up with the cast and producers of The CW’s The Flash. Joining us for our roundtable interviews were cast members Grant Gustin, Keiynan Lonsdale, Tom Cavenagh, Danielle Panabaker, Candice Patton, Carlos Valdes, newcomer Tom Felton, and executive producers Todd and Aaron Hellbing. The cast and producers were able to discuss certain details regarding the upcoming third season, which will be based on the DC Comics story line, Flashpoint.

Flashpoint, which was also adapted into the animated film Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, sees Barry Allen/The Flash enter an unfamiliar, alternate universe after preventing the death of his mother and thus changing the timeline. After the conclusion of season two it was pretty clear to DC fans that The Flash would be heading in this direction, but without being able to use many DC characters appearing in the comics could The Flash have an adaptation true to its source material?

Roundtable Interviews

Grant Gustin, who plays Barry Allen/The Flash, commented on the differences between how the show tackles the Flashpoint story line compared to the comic and animated film. He mentioned that right off the bat he knew they couldn’t use a lot of the characters in the situations that occurred in the original story line, since characters like Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman are used exclusively in DC’s film universe. That being said Gustin promises plenty of nods to the comic and animated film, and their version of Flashpoint “feels like Flashpoint.”

With the changes in the timeline that have occurred, Gustin commented on how other main characters now interact with him. It was evident in the trailer that Barry is no longer friends with Cisco and Caitlin from S.T.A.R. Labs, and no longer has the father-son dynamic with Joe West. Gustin assures us that Barry will still try to pursue a relationship with Iris, even though their romantic history has essentially been erased. Gustin also implied the Flashpoint story line won’t be used throughout the entire third season.

Keiynan Lonsdale will be going through some major changes in season three. Based off some recently released photos and the San Diego Comic-Con promo we have confirmation that Lonsdale’s character, Wally West, will suit up as Kid Flash. Lonsdale is definitely excited to take on the superhero role, and has been waiting for it since Wally was initially struck by the particle accelerator explosion towards the end of season two. Lonsdale suggests that this new superhero role for Wally will fill a hole for the character, being that he never felt like “he was enough” and now has a purpose. Although, Lonsdale states he may be “too confident” and somewhat stubborn.

So, there’s definitely going to be a major shift in how the character will be portrayed on screen, not just referring to the fact that he now has powers. Unfortunately, Lonsdale could not comment on more specific aspects of season three other than on his character’s own personal journey, but he concluded our interview by saying that Wally and Joe West are “in a good place” following the events of last season, when the two characters were still getting to know each other.

Lonsdale isn’t the only cast member on The Flash to change drastically from season two to season three. As evident in the Comic-Con promo, Cisco Ramon is now seemingly the CEO of his own corporation that either rivals or has taken the place of S.T.A.R. Labs. Carlos Valdes, who plays Cisco, didn’t get into specifics about his character’s changes, but assures that they will be big and audiences will see them in the premiere episode. Valdes comments on seeing Cisco take on a more “central role” within Team Flash, and confirms that the relationship between Cisco and his brother will come into play in episode two. As far as where Valdes would like to see the character go, he hopes to continue the Chronicles of Cisco tie-in web series and hopes to play off Jeremy Jordan‘s character on Supergirl in an upcoming crossover.

Danielle Panabaker, who plays Cisco’s scientist counterpart Caitlin Snow, is very excited for the upcoming third season as the Flashpoint story line comes into form. Panabaker really enjoyed playing around on Earth-2 last season because of the differences from Earth-1, so being that Caitlin and her friends are now residing in a completely alternate reality, Panabaker looks forward to exploring this new world in season three. She comments that it’s sad that these characters no longer know each other like they once did, but looks forward as an actor to the challenges the new roles pose. While the return of Killer Frost, Caitlin Snow’s Earth-2 doppelganger, has not been confirmed, Panabaker also hopes to take on that role again.

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