It is pretty much a given that people who hang out with superheroes long enough will one day be put in a situation to become one, and The Flash will prove it this March when Iris West suits up. The CW has teased an upcoming episode of the Arrowverse series that makes Iris Central City’s new speedster after a villain transfers Barry’s powers over to her. And, in keeping with proper superhero convention, Iris gets a snazzy super suit to go along with her new abilities.
Iris has been growing into her responsibilities as team leader as of late, and getting to experience things as a metahuman will likely give her even greater insight into the villains she and the rest of Team Flash typically find themselves up against. Plus, it’ll be a nice chance for the show to put Iris even more on the front lines of the superhero action, which will be in keeping with her recent change in status among her metahuman friends.
Iris’ moment to suit up will come next month in the appropriately titled ‘Run, Iris, Run’. And as luck would have it, there episode will also feature another new villain, so Iris won’t have much time to get used to her new powers before duty calls. Check out a Iris’s suit and a synopsis of the episode below:
“IRIS SUITS UP — Team Flash confronts a new bus meta, Matthew AKA Melting Pot (guest star Leonardo Nam), with the ability to swap people’s DNA. During a battle with Team Flash, Matthew transfers Barry’s (Grant Gustin) super speed to Iris (Candice Patton). Now, with a new threat unleashed on Central City, Barry must act as the team leader while Iris takes on the mantle of superhero speedster in order to defeat their new foe. Harry Jierjian directed the episode written by Eric Wallace.”
Power swapping is a time-honored superhero tradition, one that seems to have plagued nearly every hero with extraordinary abilities at one time or another. Typically, though, the person on the receiving end of a hero’s powers is the least capable of handling the responsibility that comes with them. This time, not so much. Transferring Barry’s powers to Iris is a huge break for Team Flash, considering she is so well versed in the world of metahumans, and as the leader of a team of superpowered individuals, she’s in a position to make the best out of what could be a bad situation — temporary as it may be.
And that will be the interesting thing about ‘Run, Iris, Run.’ As much fun as it will be to see Iris suit up and take on some metavillains, will there be any lingering effects of having experienced life as the fastest woman alive? Assuming The Flash doesn’t plan to make Barry and Iris the fastest couple alive, there could be a compelling storyline to come out of this potentially one-off event.
The Flash ‘Run, Iris, Run’ airs Tuesday, March 13 @8pm on The CW.