After 10 years of writing for DC Comics, Sterling Gates is joining the new and improved staff for Season 4 of The Flash. In just a few short years, the Flash and his friends have faced a number of conflicts. Starting in October, however, they may have to deal with their biggest challenge yet. With Barry still stuck in the Speed Force, the rest of the heroes and supporting characters will need to step up. The shift in narrative and tone, though, just might help the series refresh itself.

Along with a new status quo, Team Flash will also be confronting some new villains. And while there are plenty of candidates from the page to choose from, more and more evidence points towards the Thinker being the Big Bad this season. Along with the rogue’s arrival, the show may also pay homage to more recent comic book plots. All told, Season 4 could see a number of things from DC Comics make their way to the screen. Thankfully, the latest addition to the show’s staff is be well-suited to usher in the next chapter in Barry’s story.

Comics writer Sterling Gates took to Twitter to announce that he’s joined the writing staff for Season 4 of The Flash. Gates has spent the past decade penning books for DC Comics, including SupergirlFlash, and Green Lantern Corps. He’s also written for Superman and Kid Flash, and helped design the New 52 take on Vibe. All in all, his pedigree with DC heroes runs deep.

Though Gates is a newcomer to TV, this won’t be his first turn in the Arrowverse. He previously wrote ‘Mr. & Mrs. Mxyzptlk’ for Supergirl, and his handle on the irreverent should do wonders for the increasingly dour tone of The Flash. Along with Gates, TV writer Thomas Pound (Motive) has also joined The Flash. Hopefully, all the new blood will help reinvigorate the show.

With Comic-Con right around the corner, we should start learning a lot more about The Flash and the rest of the Arrowverse soon. In all likelihood, a sizzle reel of the new season is on the horizon as the show has already begun shooting.

With Gates on board, we could also see some of his key characters get more of a spotlight. Cisco seems the most obvious, but Wally may also step more to the forefront with Barry gone. We know Wally won’t become the new Flash, but Kid Flash will probably get more focus himself this year. As for long-shots, maybe Gates will finally help bring Green Lantern into the Arrowverse. With a show like The Flash, the sky’s the limit.

The Flash Season 4 premieres Tuesday, October 10th @ 8pm on The CW.

Next: Flash Rogues We Need to See in Season 4

Source: Sterling Gates

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