Reverse Flash. Zoom. Savitar. What do these “The Flash” villains all have in common? Why, they’re all speedsters, of course! According to executive producer Andrew Kreisberg, the show is due for a change in that regard: next season’s villain won’t be a speedster.
“Next season we’re not going to have a speedster [as the villain],” Kreisberg revealed at PaleyFest during a panel about “The Flash,” “Arrow,” “Supergirl” and “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.”
Though “The Flash” has featured a hodgepodge of weekly villains over its run, each season has used an evil speedster as its primary antagonist — and, often times, they are much faster than the Scarlet Speedster himself, which pushes him to be even faster. However, Barry will have to use something besides his speed to take down Season 4’s villain, as Kreisberg has confirmed they won’t be a speedster.
The show has never used a non-speedster as a season’s overarching Big Bad, but they’ve set up plenty of opportunities to do so. Several of the Rogues — including Captain Cold, Mirror Master, the Top, the Trickster and Weather Wizard — have appeared over the course of the series. However, they usually appear as standalone “freaks of the week” rather than as a cohesive team. A Season 3 episode laid the groundwork for the team to come together, though they were ultimately captured; nevertheless, “The Flash” could certainly invite these crooks back to make them the primary villains of Season 4.
Additionally, an upcoming Season 3 episode will introduce Abra Kadabra, who has appeared as a major villain for a couple of different Flashes. It is unclear at this time what kind of role he will play in the Season 3, but Season 4 could certainly expand on that and build him up as the Big Bad.
Alternatively, “The Flash” could introduce someone we’ve never seen on the show before. The character’s history stretches back for decades in the comics, so there’s certainly enough lore to dig through to find a more obscure character and fashion them into something new.
Starring Grant Gustin as the Scarlet Speedster, “The Flash” airs Tuesdays at 8 pm ET/PT on The CW. The series also stars Jesse L. Martin, Tom Cavanagh, Carlos Valdes, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Keiynan Lonsdale and more.
(via Entertainment Weekly)