There is more superhero related content in the world now than ever before, and a good portion of that comes courtesy of the DC TV universe on The CW. This fall, they will have four shows – Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl, and The Flash – airing new episodes on a weekly basis. The latter will have a big impact on the other three with the hero venturing into the Flashpoint storyline following the events of the season 2 finale. Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) successfully stopped Zoom for the time being, and that means more threats will be coming his way. However when season 3 begins, he will have to try and stop them without his super speed.
Barry will regain his speed back sooner rather than later, but that will not stop the new villains of Central City from holding back in the meantime. Unlike seasons (and villains) past, it will take more than Barry’s speed to stop the new threats, with the executive producers teasing their new approach to season 3.
TVLine was able to chat with a few of the executive producers for the series and ask them about the plans for season 3. Unlike the previous seasons, Barry will have to worry about multiple big time villains in Savitar and Dr. Alchemy working in his city. Even with a fellow speedster among his foes, this season is not about Barry proving he is the fastest man alive. Instead, executive producers Aaron and Todd Helbing say it is about the psychological impact they have on the hero as he deals with multiple threats at once.
Aaron Helbing: [Season 3] is more about psychological warfare.
Todd Helbing: Everything about [Savitar] is different than Zoom or Reverse-Flash. I can’t go into too much detail, but he’s quite a bit different.
[We’re] trying to have the powers that they both possess play off of each other. It’s not just, ‘Oh, I have to catch this guy and take him down.’ It’s like, ‘Crap, now there’s this other guy, Dr. Alchemy,’ who has these transmutation qualities [via] this Philosopher’s Stone. You start to learn what he does with this stuff and how the both of them are coexisting.
Flash has done a fairly good job over the course of the first two seasons of bringing in villains with different power sets that allow Barry to show the full repertoire of his abilities. Outside of Zoom or Reverse-Flash, we have seen Captain Cold, Weather Wizard, and others, but no matter what villains appeared, their plans rarely seemed to cross paths. That will be changing this season, and should be able to provide the show with a new dynamic.
Even though they are bringing in multiple villains, and more than just these two main ones, Flash will not be losing its sense of fun. The show has consistently had a lighter tone that they have tried to replicate across the DC TV world, but that has not always worked. Flash dipped into darker territories near the end of the previous season, but Todd said, “We’re making a conscious effort to go back more toward the tone of season 1.” That should be good news for fans of the show. The lighter tone does not mean that the stakes will not be heavy or not be felt, instead it can make them that much more powerful.
The Flash season 3 will premiere Tuesday October 4th at 8pm on The CW, Arrow season 5 will premiere in the same timeslot on Wednesday October 5th, Supergirl season 2 on Monday October 10th, and Legends of Tomorrow season 2 on Thursday October 13th.