WARNING: This article contains spoilers for the Season Three finale of The Flash.
Fans are understandably still reeling from the fallout from the Season Three finale of The Flash, in which Barry Allen ostensibly sacrificed himself to the Speed Force following his victory over the villainous Savitar. While viewers still have more than three months until they learn Barry’s fate, a photo from the show’s production office has revealed the CW drama is inching closer to its return, with cameras set to roll again today. That’s not all that was revealed, however, as the image contains the title of the Season Four premiere:
Ready for our first day of filming Season 4! We get started tomorrow, and it's gonna be epic! pic.twitter.com/iWhbSjvCvI
— The Flash Office (@FLASHProdOffice) July 4, 2017
The episode is dubbed “The Flash Reborn,” which would seem to signal the Scarlet Speedster will be back sooner rather than later. However, the title’s ambiguity raises the question of who will bear the mantle of The Flash. A popular theory is that Wally West (played by Keiynan Lonsdale) will take up the role — at least temporarily — in an homage to DC Comics’ Crisis on Infinite Earths and its aftermath.
In that epic miniseries, Barry famously sacrificed himself when taking down the Anti-Monitor’s potentially world-ending superweapon. Wally West eventually took the role upon himself, becoming the third character to be called The Flash. A DC mainstay, West carried on the Flash legacy for more than two decades, until Allen’s return in 2008 in Final Crisis and the subsequent miniseries The Flash: Rebirth.
The writers of The Flash have many options at their disposal, and fans can get a glimpse at what’s to come in the premiere’s synopsis, released ahead of the show’s presence at Comic-Con International:
Running up against an evil time remnant version of yourself is something no one should ever have to do, but that’s exactly what faced Barry Allen (aka The Flash) as he fought to save the life of fiancée Iris West from the God of Speed known as Savitar. Barry’s victory was short-lived, however, as an unbalanced Speed Force began to wreak havoc on Central City, forcing Barry to sacrifice himself for the greater good. With The Fastest Man Alive now trapped inside an extra-dimensional energy, and unknown dangers lurking in the shadows, it will be up to Team Flash to free Barry from his own personal Hell.
Returning Tuesday, Oct. 10, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW, The Flash stars stars Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes, Tom Cavanagh, Jesse L. Martin and Keiynan Lonsdale.
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