Gustin talks about being a life-long DC fan, the new CW show Legends of Tomorrow and season 2 of The Flash!
The CW’s adaptation of The Flash proved a hit in its debut season, working as both a spinoff of the network’s ongoing hit series Arrow and as a platform to expand the DC television universe. The Flash will get its own spinoff with Legends of Tomorrow, which will see time-traveler Rip Hunter (Arthur Davill) attempt to band together heroes like the Atom (Brandon Routh) with villains like Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller) to fight greater threats.
None of it would be happening without The Flash, however, and the show’s trump card, star Grant Gustin. The actor recently accepted the ‘Breakthrough Performance Award’ at the 41st Annual Saturn Awards in Burbank and shared some hints about what to expect from the CW’s DC universe next season.
Gustin revealed his life-long DC fandom and shared that season 2 of The Flash would feature a new main villain, saying that the show would be introducing:
A really cool ‘big bad’ that’s going to be revealed kind of immediately.
And when asked about Legends of Tomorrow, Gustin confirmed that Barry Allen/The Flash will be involved from the beginning. According to Gustin:
I’m going to be a part of that right out of the gates as well. So I don’t really know what to expect from that show yet, I don’t think anybody does, but I’m excited to be a part of it. I get to be Flash on three TV shows. I was unemployed a year-and-a-half ago, so that’s pretty cool.
Gustin’s comments suggest that the Flash will appear in the Legends of Tomorrow pilot along with a healthy amount of early episodes. It also sounds like the mystery surrounding the show’s overall storyline extends to Gustin himself. Plus, the actor’s remark about being the Flash on “three TV shows” is a broad hint that Barry Allen will be (unsurprisingly) returning again to Arrow next season in some capacity.
As for the teasing of a new ‘big bad,’ there are any number of possible Flash villains from the comic books who could fill that role. But which of them could reasonably be fleshed out enough in a live-action format to fill the void left by Tom Cavanagh’s Dr. Harrison Wells/Eobard Thawne/Reverse-Flash? Cavanagh’s performance as the Flash’s traditional arch-nemesis was one of the most impressive and affecting aspects of season 1. Indeed, a logical reason to justify Cavangh’s reported return to the show for season 2 is one of the things we most want to see.
The Flash successfully brought a number of Silver Age comic book villains to convincing life – Heat Wave, Captain Cold, Golden Glider, Trickster – but none seem poised to fill the role of an over-arching enemy for season 2. After multiple teases of Gorilla Grodd throughout the season, he finally appeared in a full episode, but as more of a jumped-up henchman than the strategic mastermind comic book fans know him as.
Given the time-hopping and multiverse additions to season 2, anything’s possible. There are plenty of classic Flash villains the show has yet to explore, but Mirror Master could fit nicely into the alternate realty/parallel dimension thrust of the show. The villain has appeared in a variety of different guises, but generally uses mirrors to induce hypnosis, generate holograms, and crack the secrets of communicating with parallel universes. Expect more details on what awaits The Flash as the fall premiere of season 2 draws closer.
The Flash season 2 begins airing on The CW in Fall 2015, along with Arrow season 4. Supergirl will debut on CBS in November 2015. DC’s Legends of Tomorrow will air on The CW during the 2015-16 season.