One of last season’s most critically acclaimed and talked about new shows was The CW’s superhero spinoff The Flash. A follow up to Arrow, where Barry Allen (played by Grant Gustin) first debuted, the drama quickly took on a life of its own, even surpassing the original series in the ratings.
Now with only a little more than month to go, the show is scheduled to return in early October. But no one really knows what to expect from season 2 after the Flash was last seen disappearing into a wormhole in May’s season finale. Fans have speculated that the black hole leads to a multiverse where new characters will soon make their appearance. Yet the new preview above also teases some other new changes coming to the title character.
At San Diego Comic-Con 2015, Gustin revealed that the Flash will have a new mentor and superpower in season 2. Through a process of elimination and deduction, based on some recent set photos, the new mentor is most likely the Golden Age Flash, Jay Garrick. As for what could be Barry’s new superpower, that’s a bit more complicated.
The new preview shows the Flash speeding around with a blue streak trailing behind him. This is noticeably different than his classic trail of yellow from season 1. Gustin also teased in the interview at Comic-Con that his new power “involves lightning,” so this could indeed be our first good look at the Flash’s new ability, which first appeared in the Comic-Con Highlight Reel.
Does this blue lightning give the Flash extra speed? Will it allow him to wield electricity? Time will tell, but our only clue so far appears to be the blue lightning in Barry’s eyes.
Currently, there are two theories being speculated across the internet. First, in the New 52 comics, future Barry sports the same blue identity when he travels back in time to fix the past. We could be dealing with a runaway speedster. The second idea is that if Jay Garrick is the Flash in the alternate universe, then future Barry could potentially be the villain Zoom. The arrival of Zoom was revealed in the Comic-Con trailer as being the villain of season 2, but suspiciously he has yet to be cast.
But what do you think about Barry’s new ability, Screen Rant readers? Could this Flash be Zoom from the future? Let us know what you think in the comments.
The Flash season 2 returns to The CW on October 6th, 2015.