The Flash will have more fun bits again once the series returns for season 4, showrunner Todd Helbing teases. This is despite the fact that the last time we saw everyone, things were pretty serious, especially with Barry (Grant Gustin) sacrificing himself and willingly entering the Speed Force prison as a form of penance for tinkering with Flashpoint. But the gloom will soon be gone.
The recently held San Diego Comic-Con brought together some of the current biggest shows in mainstream media like The CW's own Arrowverse slate consisting of Arrow, DC's Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl and The Flash. Several trailers and significant news were likewise revealed to the delight of the fans who are currently waiting for their favorite shows to be back on the air for another outing. For fans of the Scarlet Speedster, however, things are looking brighter with the morsel of information Helbing just shared.
Talking to CB, the show executive promised of a major turnaround from the despondent narrative that The Flash brought in the latter episodes of season 3, to a more fun outing in season 4:
“Last year, once we showed Iris die in the future, to keep up that doom and gloom, it becomes a burden, and not just on us writing-wise, on the show and it just sort of had this pall over the season that I think we didn’t expect to be so heavy. I’m not trying to say anything bad about season 3. I love season 3, and I love Savitar, and I love the story we told, but I think that’s about as dark as I ever want to go with the show. So yeah, I think that was a conscious effort of ours to really go back to everybody enjoyed being on this team and with each other, and make The Flash have fun again. I’m really excited about the scripts so far; they’re really, really funny.”
If anything, the title of the first episode, 'Rebirth' is an indication of some kind of a reboot, but not necessarily in a way that everything that has transpired in the show until now will be disregarded. Instead, it is more of a return to the roots of the series and the initial cheerful and happy version of the Flash without the serious burden he was carrying over the last several episodes.
Aside from Helbing's statement and a trailer, The Flash has also cast some new actors to board the show, like Neil Sandilands as presumably season 4's main villain the Thinker. His assistant, the Mechanic meanwhile, will be played by Kim Engelbrecht. Further, Danny Trejo will take on the role of the bounty hunter Breacher. No word as to who will play the Elongated Man as he joins Team Flash to combat the new threat coming to Central City but more details are expected to come as the season premiere draws near.
The Flash season 4 will premiere on Tuesday, October 10 2017 on The CW.