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“The Flash”: Gustin Teases New Powers, Patton Wants a Speed Force Suit & More

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“The Flash”: Gustin Teases New Powers, Patton Wants a Speed Force Suit & More

At this past Comic-Con International in San Diego, the cast of “The Flash” — including Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes, John Wesley Shipp, Tom Cavanagh and Andrew Kreisberg — offered some details about the upcoming second season to DC Entertainment.

“In the second episode, Barry discovers a new aspect of his powers involving lightning,” Gustin revealed. “It’s very, very cool. I’m excited about it.”

He also weighed in on what it was like to have an action figure of himself as the Flash, recounting how he loved superhero action figures in his youth. “I think the only person whose mind is blown more than mine about that is my mom, just because she bought so many action figures for me as a child,” he laughed. “I used to film frame-by-frame movies with action figures. I was an action figure fanatic as a kid. I still have Superman, Batman, Flash action figures everywhere in my place. For a superhero action figure fan growing up, to have my own action figure as a superhero, I can’t even put it into words. It’s pretty cool.”

Patton shared her hopes for the Flash’s future, including her plea to executive producer Geoff Johns for a Speed Force suit of her own. “I know about the Speed Force suit,” she said. “I want it, I want it, I want it! Geoff Johns, I want it. It would be really cool… I don’t know if we’ll ever get to that. I sent him photos, like, ‘You know about this happening.’ So he’s aware that I’m aware. I’m hoping eventually we’ll see that.”

When asked whether he would want to get back into the Flash suit, Wesley Shipp responded vehemently and recalled filming his last episode as the character with Mark Hamill. “Oh God no! I remember the last episode we did in 1991. We were with Mark Hamill at 5 am in some Godforsaken hole in Southeast Los Angeles, and I just ripped the ears off and threw them into the air. I couldn’t wait. He almost lost his mind. He still has them! He went and got them. No, I wanted to get out of that suit. I’ll contribute in any way the producers feel would be meaningful for the show, but am I dying to get back in the suit? Maybe it’s a bit more comfortable now than it was. I hope for Grant’s sake.”

Starring Gustin, Valdes and Jesse L. Martin, “The Flash” returns to The CW on Oct. 6 on at 8 p.m. EST.

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