Hartley Sawyer debuts in the role of Elongated Man (aka Ralph Dibny) in next week’s episode of The Flash, some new images and a teaser trailer have confirmed. The show’s Harrison Wells actor, Tom Cavanagh, directed this episode, which is going by the title “Elongated Journey into the Night.”
Sawyer was cast as Elongated Man back in July. A synopsis followed, describing Dibny as an “old nemesis” of Grant Gustin’s Barry Allen. The teaser above confirms that Ralph used to be a "dirty cop", which clearly rubbed Barry up the wrong way. It'll be interesting to see the pair butt heads in a super-powered manner, now that Ralph has elasticated skin. It’s already been teased that they will disagree on “how to be a good guy”, and that Ralph will be “hitting on everybody all the time. He’s brash and loud and doesn’t listen.”
Also, thanks to TVLine, a sizeable batch of images has been released, revealing rather a lot about Sawyer’s first episode of The Flash. Ralph has scruffy hair and a smart suit, and he looks a bit flustered while interacting with The Flash and Vibe in the street:
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Putting two and two together (the teaser and the images), it seems plausible to predict that Ralph is dropped off a building by someone he got on the wrong side of. Perhaps that's when Ralph's powers manifest for the first time, allowing him to save himself from death, in clear view of Team Flash. Sawyer will end up being examined at STAR Labs, with his powers freaking everyone out.
It is yet to be confirmed whether or not this episode will refer back to a season 1 Easter Egg about Ralph: way back when, Ralph’s name was listed as one of the ‘presumed dead’ people following the STAR Labs particle accelerator explosion. The show could get away with simply ignoring that, or they could go to the extra effort of explaining why Ralph was on that list, and why no one at the CCPD has mentioned him since.
However, it’s unclear how much time will be spent with Ralph this week. Sawyer will recur in the role throughout the season, so there is no need to spell out his entire backstory and arc in this one episode. The small matter of Danny Trejo guest-starring as Gypsy’s father, Breacher, is sure to take up plenty of screen time, as well. It should be a fun one.
The Flash airs on Tuesdays on The CW.