This season, The CW has grown its DC Comics superhero universe. Starting with Arrow, the network now also has the highly-successful freshman series The Flash as well as a spinoff in the works. With the growing universe, The Flash has introduced multiple new comic book characters aside from Barry Allen’s (Grant Gustin) titular alter ego, including the Reverse Flash, Firestorm, Captain Cold and Gorilla Grodd.
In the upcoming episode, “All Star Team Up,” The Flash will introduce the Bug-Eyed Bandit, played by Emily Kinney (The Walking Dead), who was revealed in the WonderCon trailer. The episode will also feature Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards) returning to Central City with Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh) seeking help with his A.T.O.M. suit.
A new clip from the episode (above) shows Cisco Ramon (Carlos Valdes) – the character who has granted many of the superheros and villains with their comic book names – asking Ray what he calls himself. However, after Ray responds with The Atom while making a shrinking motion, Cisco isn’t quite sold.
Speaking to the larger, overarching storylines of The Flash, the clip reinforces the tension between Barry and Dr. Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanaugh). According to the trailer for “All Star Team Up,” that tension will be a throughline of the episode as Barry divulges Wells’ secret to Felicity as well as Cisco and Caitlin Snow (Danielle Panabaker).
In the comics, The Atom is capable of shrinking down to the subatomic level, but that power has yet to be displayed by Ray’s Atom suit. At the beginning of this season, Arrow executive producer Marc Guggenheim said they had plans for Ray’s character that didn’t involve shrinking, but that if Ray were to shrink it would be on The Flash (or, presumably, the spinoff).
Although it’s unlikely fans will get to see The Atom display his shrinking ability on his upcoming visit to The Flash, Ray and Cisco’s work on the suit may make those powers a possibility down the line. However, with the overarching storylines threaded through “All Star Team Up” that will play into the larger plot of The Flash, The Atom will likely take a back seat to the tension between Barry and Wells.
That being said, fans should take heart in The Atom’s future within The CW’s superhero universe. As a character already established on Arrow, visiting The Flash, and leading the lineup of the spinoff – tentatively titled The Atom – there’s plenty of time to see Ray embody his chosen moniker as The Atom.
The Flash returns Tuesday April 14th with “All Star Team Up” @9PM on The CW.