When Barry Allen shows down against the Thinker in The Flash Season 4, it's going to be a highly-cerebral battle. Season 3 of The CW show wrapped up on a bittersweet note for our heroes; while Team Flash was able to save the day from Savitar and ensure Iris's safety, it came at the expense of H.R's life and of course, Barry's self-sacrifice to enter the Speed Force and take over Savitar's empty spot.
Now that a new season is almost upon us, a brand new main villain threatening Central City is looming in the background and it's up to Team Flash to once again contain the threat and keep the metropolis safe. The Thinker, played by Neil Sandilands, is a genius inventor who created his own slew of technological weapons to execute his plans. The most significant from the bunch is the infamous Thinking Cap which gives him formidable mental powers. It is of course, unknown just how much The CW show will use his comic book origins for the show but it sounds like he is driven by a personal vendetta instead of just simply wanting to amass more power and take over the city.
Recently speaking with TV Line to promote the upcoming season of The Flash, showrunner Todd Helbing described Thinker as someone who is motivated by "something personal that he experienced," giving the new outing a “psychological component.” The showrunner has furthered saying that DeVoe is “literally is the smartest guy on the planet, so there’s a lot of chess pieces that he’s moving around simultaneously. As our team is figuring out who he is and what they think the plan is, there’s a lot of fun [as we] show the audience information and then have our team catch up to that information or surpass it. It’s a big mystery.”
The Thinker is a huge departure from villains like the Reverse Flash, Zoom, and Savitar, who all squared off against Barry thanks in no small part to a comparable power-set. This time, however, the Scarlet Speedster would have to rely on his other abilities as speed will not be the best weapon against the brilliant mind of DeVoe.
Aside from the Thinker's antics, Barry will also have to deal with the psychological difficulty of settling back in his old life after being stuck in the Speed Force in Season 4. How he got out of there still remains to be seen but from the most recent trailer for The Flash, he was able to find a way to come back to the real world. While his imminent return should definitely be a cause for celebration, Barry's state is more worrying than anything as he appears to just be a shell of his former self.
The Flash season 4 premieres Tuesday, October 10 on The CW.
Source: TV Line