With a brand new timeline on The Flash comes double the villains.
“We’re doing two big bads,” executive producer Todd Helbing revealed at The Flash Comic-Con panel on Saturday. “One is a speedster that we’ll reveal later. The other, the creepy guy with the mask, is Doctor Alchemy.”
Much like the show had Tony Todd voice Zoom last season, they’ll have Tobin Bell, who voiced Jigsaw in the Saw films, provide the voice of Doctor Alchemy. “He certainly doesn’t like The Flash,” EP Aaron Helbing said. “He’s a bad dude and he’s going to be a formidable adversary to The Flash and everybody throughout the season.”
The new villains come as the show is officially doing seminal comics storyline Flashpoint, in which Barry finds himself in an alternate timeline where his mother is no longer dead, and most of the world’s heroes are more like villains — Aquaman is at war with Wonder Woman; Batman is Thomas Wayne, not Bruce Wayne; Captain Cold is actually a Central City hero named Citizen Cold.
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When season 3 picks up, three months have passed since Barry landed in this timeline. “This is something that’s going to ripple through the whole season,” Todd Helbing said, also revealing that the Flashpoint timeline will affect Diggle on Arrow. Flashpoint, however, does not undo Barry getting zapped by the particle accelerator. Take that for what you will.
In this timeline, all the Flash actors are basically playing different versions of their characters. Barry never grew up with Joe (Jesse L. Martin) or Iris (Candice Patton), though this offers an opportunity for the series to showcase Barry wooing Iris. “In any timeline, Barry and Iris ultimately find each other,” Todd Helbing said.
Iris, however, doesn’t have a great relationship with her father. “He’s very unhappy,” Martin said. “Things at home aren’t going well. He’s having a particular issue with his youngest and only daughter, and doesn’t seem solvable. Joe gets quite depressed about it. It starts to affect his job and starts to affect his work.” Though Barry and Joe aren’t close, “Barry is the one that makes sure Joe still has a job. Things get so dire that Joe doesn’t want to do anything.”
Details on the members of the former Team Flash were scarce, though we did learn that “Cisco is an ostentatious billionaire,” Carlos Valdes teased, noting Cisco is all about the money now.
The new Team Flash is TBD, but Wally West (Keiynan Lonsdale) is suited up as Kid Flash in this timeline. “I tried to play him with a really lighthearted almost cockiness to him that can sometimes be his downfall,” Lonsdale said. “He’s in a really good place mentally. He’s never felt more sure of himself.”
Barry will also have a new rival in Tom Felton’s Julian Dorn, a fellow CSI who suspects something is off with Barry. “Any character I play you should see as a threat,” the Harry Potter alum said. “There’s definitely some friction between Barry and Julian. He treads on the toes of Barry’s expertise. There’s some feathers ruffled pretty early on.”
Even with the world upside down, Barry is “still living in that blind bliss and ignoring what other changes are out there, or unaware, when we first find him,” Grant Gustin said. In other words, we’ll have to wait before Barry realizes his mistake and decides to fix the past. In possibly related news, Arrow‘s Emily Bett Rickards’ Felicity will appear in episode 2 to give Barry some advice.
The Flash returns Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.
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