With The Flash‘s fourth season just hours away, we can expect to see a number of new things. New villains (like Danny Trejo’s Breacher), new allies, new costumes, new crossovers, and it seems, new powers.
In an interview with CBR, Todd Helbing confirmed that Barry will display a new power this season. “You’ll see a new power at some point this season,” the showrunner told us. “It’s pretty cool.”
It makes sense; after all, “speed” is simply a fundamental force of nature, and it naturally ties in to other physical phenomena. The first season of the show built Barry’s powers up gradually, both in terms of how fast he could go, and all the neat stuff he could use his speed to do.
There was a memorable episode where Barry first learned to time travel, the sequence when Dr. Wells taught him to phase through solid matter, and the time he learned to create duplicates of himself. And then there’s perhaps his flashiest use of his speed to date, when he harnesses the Speed Force to hurl lightning bolts at his enemies.
There’s a few things we haven’t yet seen Barry do on screen that his comic book inspiration has in his repertoir. We haven’t heard him speak so fast that only other speedsters can understand him. We haven’t seen him spin like a helicopter to fly. We haven’t seen Barry tunnel to parallel Earths without the help of Cisco’s vibe powers. There’s no shortage of new abilities for the TV Flash to learn and apply to his crime-fighting — the real question is, which one will we see next?
Starring Grant Gustin as the Scarlet Speedster, The Flash returns Tuesday, October 10 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW. The series also stars Jesse L. Martin, Tom Cavanagh, Carlos Valdes, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Keiynan Lonsdale and more.
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