For all The Flash's virtues — the show's lighthearted yet emotionally poignant take on superheroes has won it many fans — there's no denying that The CW series can be rater repetitive, especially in its approach to villains. Despite a vast and varied roster of rogues from #TheFlash comic books, each season of the show so far has featured a speedster villain menacing Barry. And as hype grows about the mystery of Savitar's identity, we're all just getting a little tired of the same old story.
Thankfully, The Flash Season 4 will break with tradition and finally offer up a villain that can't match Barry's speed. So revealed executive producer Andrew Kreisberg to Entertainment Weekly, and his words will be music to many a fan's ears.
"Next season we’re not going to have a speedster [as the villain]."
The speedster villain plot was probably done best in Season 1, when the show employed excellent dramatic irony by revealing Harrison Wells' secret identity to be the Reverse Flash fairly early on. This made for a fascinating cat and mouse game, as the show constantly pulled at our heartstrings by building an interesting relationship between the fake Wells and his S.T.A.R. Labs team, before the inevitable betrayal. The menacing Zoom added an interesting dimension to the speedster villain plot in Season 2, as he really was brutal and terrifying. Savitar, however, has so far proved to be little more than a cartoonish macguffin, delivering cheesy not-so-threatening speeches before running away again.
Though having the Big Bad as a speedster does make for some interesting fight sequences, after two seasons of essentially the same plot we're all desperate to see Team Flash tackle a different kind of foe. So who could the non-speedster villain be?
Killer Frost Strikes Back
After a whole season of build up, we're all eager to see Caitlin turn into the villainous Killer Frost — if she's not going to use her powers to become a superhero, then she really needs to become the show's Big Bad for Season 4, as watching her constantly repress her urges is getting rather dull.
This would also be an excellent way to fulfill Savitar's prophecy that "one will betray" Barry, as well as making for a high-stakes season long plot-arc — what's more heart-wrenching than being forced to bring down your now villainous friend? Hey, if it worked for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, it can work for The Flash.
Killer Frost is just a great villain: Snarky and sarcastic, her words can be just as sharp as her dagger-like ice shards. It would be awesome to see Caitlin finally come into her own, and this certainly would be a way to break from The Flash's villain tradition. After years of hiding in Barry's shadow, Caitlin deserves to be a Big Bad villain for a whole season — especially if she gets a finale redemption scene, a la Willow in Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 6.
Bring Back The Rogues!
There's really only one other choice for the spot of The Flash Season 4 villain, and that's the Rogues.
Lead by the popular Captain Cold, in the #DC comics the Rogues are atypical antagonists in that they're not exactly villains — rather, they're a gang of reprobates whose mandate is to steal as much as they can. Their relationship with the Flash is complicated, as Barry keeps sending them to jail but he's worked with the gang on several occasions.
Interestingly, the Rogues set themselves apart from other villains by having a strict moral code, enforced by Captain Cold himself. With rules against taking up another team-mate's mantle, and high standards for accepting new members into the group, the Rogues rarely committed a crime without the rest of the team. This made them engaging and almost sympathetic, especially thanks to their rule against killing (unless totally necessary).
Although none were speedsters, the Rogues proved to be challenging adversaries for the Flash, as they used their combined powers and skills to best the superhero. This would make for really interesting television, breaking tradition from those speedster fight sequences.
Not only that, but the Rogues are already a fan-fave, both for comic readers and show viewers. Captain Cold and Heatwave were a fascinating part of both The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow, while other Rogues like Golden Glider and The Top have also popped up from time to time. Seeing these colorful characters finally band together against the Flash would be really satisfying, and after a season of heavy emotional plotlines, it would be nice to get back to the fun of The Flash.
Of course, there's no reason why Killer Frost and the Rogues can't both be Season 4's villains, with the Rogues providing much of the humor and episode plots while Killer Frost plots behind the scenes.
Who would you like to be the villain(s) in 'The Flash' Season 4?
(Source: Entertainment Weekly)
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