Of the several comic book television adaptions that debuted in 2014, The CW’s Arrow spinoff The Flash arguably fared the best, developing an immediate following (the built-in Arrow audience didn’t hurt, of course) and ultimately faring better critically than FOX’s Batman prequel series Gotham or NBC’s now-cancelled Constantine (although the title character played by Matt Ryan will appear on Arrow during season 4).
The Flash will continue the themes and storylines set up during season 1, introduce all new villains for Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) to deal with, even as he learns to control some new powers. One big subplot from the first season centered around Barry’s feelings for Iris West (Candice Patton) and the last we heard, Iris will be taking on something of a significant leadership role.
The Flash co-executive producer Andrew Kreisberg referred to Iris as “a born leader,” which led some to believe that Iris would be taking on the overall S.T.A.R. labs mentor/leadership role recently vacated by Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh). Now, we have a response from Candice Patton herself, who addressed these plot rumors during this past weekend’s Dragon Con in Atlanta (via Comicbook.com).
According to Patton, much of what we’ve heard should not be taken at face value. She addressed the reports about these future plot developments, saying:
“I don’t know where you guys are hearing this, but I think it’s a gross exaggeration that Iris is going to take over leadership at S.T.A.R. Labs. What I will say is that she does encourage Barry Allen to come back to S.T.A.R. Labs and get the team together and keep fighting to protect Central City. As far as being a leader at S.T.A.R. Labs? No, that doesn’t happen. Iris has a job. She works at Picture News and we know her as this iconic reporter and what I will say about her strength is that this season we will see her step into that role which I am very excited about because I think she has a lot to offer Team Flash in that way.”
Iris proved herself indispensable while guiding Barry during the ‘Grodd Lives’ episode, and has recently come into her own as a reporter. Even though Barry and Iris appeared to have reached some kind of common ground regarding their relationship, placing her in the overall leadership position at S.T.A.R. labs was a stretch. Iris is smart and capable, but out of her depth when it comes to the science and technology required to back Barry up as the Flash.
Iris’ comic book counterpart becomes a prominent reporter, so watching her step into that role on The Flash is bound to be a main ongoing narrative during season 2. Being so strong-willed and intelligent, expect her position as a journalist to prove problematic for Barry… somehow. Iris’ need to expose the truth is bound to run counter to keeping the details about the Flash a secret. Expect more specifics about season 2 to come to light as the premiere approaches.
Season 2 of The Flash premieres Tuesday, October 6 at 8pm/7 central; Season 4 of Arrow debuts Wednesday October 7 at 8pm/7 central; Legends of Tomorrow begins in 2016.