The character of Cisco Ramon (Carlos Valdes) has been well liked by fans of the first two seasons of The Flash. He’s a brilliant engineer at S.T.A.R. Labs who has a flair for often making funny pop-culture references, possessing the ability to build virtually anything, and naming the villains that Barry goes up against. During the first season it was revealed he had also been affected by the particle accelerator explosion, turning him into a metahuman. He ultimately embraced that side of himself, donning the alter ego of Vibe, who has abilities that include being able to see through other dimensions and becoming aware of things that have happened in alternate timelines.
In the season 2 finale of The Flash, Barry travels back in time to the night his mother was murdered by the Reverse-Flash, where he decides to intervene, saving her life. Consequently, this results in a storyline from the comics known as Flashpoint, where an entirely new timeline is established. Both of his parents are alive and Wally West is Kid Flash, while Barry and Iris are now strangers.
The video opens up as Cisco exits an elevator at Ramon Industries (formerly S.T.A.R. Labs in the other timeline) with a beautiful woman at his side, relishing the fact that he had just arrived to work by helicopter. Valdes, had these comments on how his character has changed:
"The repercussions of Barry changing the timeline span all across the spectrum for all of our characters. He's created an alternate reality, where Cisco has actually cashed in on his talents. Cisco has become this snot-nosed billionaire that heads up this giant tech company basically. I think underneath all that, there's still a pivotal core. He might just have a heart underneath."
This will be the third version of Cisco that Valdes has portrayed on the show. While previously playing the Cisco everyone is familiar with from seasons 1 and 2, he has also played an Earth-2 version of himself, the villain named Reverb. Fans shouldn't worry that their favorite version of Cisco will be gone forever though. According to a report, Flashpoint won't last all season.
One of the great things about The Flash is that it provides an opportunity for its actors to portray different variations of their characters, offering them the chance to explore their own range as performers. With there being an unlimited number of parallel universes out there that the show has established, actors like Valdes will consider themselves lucky that playing their character will never get boring. While this new "snot-nosed" version of Cisco will certainly be entertaining to watch, the real question is how he will interact with Barry, who is gradually losing his memory of the pre-Flashpoint timeline. Will this billionaire Cisco still have a selfless hero beneath the expensive suits or is he just all about the money?
The Flash season 3 will premiere Tuesday October 4 at 8pm on The CW, Arrow season 5 will premiere in the same timeslot on Wednesday October 5, Supergirl season 2 on Monday October 10, and Legends of Tomorrow season 2 on Thursday October 13.
Source: The CW