The first season of The Flash was nothing but a success. And let's hope that they don't have a sophomore slump. But if you look at Arrow, The Flash's predecessor, that didn't happen. Season 2 of Arrow is universally loved.
To get you ready for the second season,
Here is everything we know about The Flash season 2!
Barry Allen, a.ka. The Flash
Barry ended season one in a very superhero way. He time traveled back in time to save his mom, didn't save his mom, came back, fought the Reverse Flash, than ended the day running into a wormhole. That is a whole lot to deal with in one day.
Well, six months later, he is still trying to deal with it. He will be in a dark place. Grant Gustin, Barry's portrayer, had this to say at comic con:
"The Flash is getting a lot of acclaim and he’s being treated as a hero, but he doesn’t feel like one, because as we know, Eddie is the one who really stopped Wells."
Barry will have to deal with actually being a hero. Not just doing the actions, but being recognized as one by the citizens he saves.
Barry will also have to deal with his trust issues. Producer Andrew Kriesberg said:
“Everybody is learning that they have been taken on this ride, and they have been so duped. Barry is so trusting and puts his faith in people—and he wonders if he can get that back,” producer Andrew Kreisberg said during the panel. “That, more than anything, is what Wells took from him last year."
As for his love life, Barry has some choices. There is Iris, but she will still dealing with the loss of Eddie. Linda Park (Malese Jow) will be showing up for multiple episodes next season.
And than there is Patty Spivot. Shantel VanSanten will play as The Flash's version of Felicity. Spivot is described as "a cop and science enthusiast who is unaware that Barry Allen is falling for her. She is obsessed with metahumans and partners with Det. Joe West this season."
Now that Iris knows who Barry is, she will be a bigger part of the show. Actually, she'll be the leader.
EW is reporting that Iris will take on the role of leader at S.T.A.R. Labs in the wake of the death of Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanaugh). Kreisberg explains that in the Season 2 premiere, Barry will attempt to work without a team. But that doesn't last. And it’s Iris who ends up reuniting Team Flash, and she subsequently takes on the leadership spot left by Wells.
“Iris slides into [the role] very naturally. She’s a born leader. One of the best things in the premiere is Barry decides that he wants to work alone because he doesn’t want to risk anyone else’s lives, and Iris is really the one who gets the band back together again. She’s the only one who can stand up to Barry."
And as I mentioned earlier, Iris will still be dealing with the fallout of losing Eddie. So, she is not quite ready to jump into another relationship. And you'll see more of her as the "ace reporter".
Joe's getting a new partner. Like stated before, Patty Spivot is teaming up with Joe to fight crime. I think it is funny that in season 1, Joe had to deal with his daughter dating his partner, and this season he will deal with Barry dating his new partner.
Joe will also have to deal with Iris being more involved with The Flash. Considering he is the definition of an overprotective father, I say he will not handle it in the smoothest way.
Cisco will be feeling some good vibrations. (Sorry.) Carlos Valdes has said that people will be seeing him dive into his new found powers. Valdes spoke to Comicbook.com and here is some snippets about his powers and other things. You can read the whole thing here.
Will Cisco take further steps towards becoming Vibe in season two?
As people saw near the end of season one, there are biological changes happening inside Cisco, particularly with the dreams. Fans can definitely expect more of the changes to take effect pretty early on into season two.
Speaking relationships, what romances are in store for Cisco?
There’s definitely a romantic interest or two that will pop up in season two. Cisco definitely thinks he’s a lady’s man [laughs].
It seems like you and Lisa Snart hit it off pretty well. Will that relationship continue into season two?
I think it’s really fun working with [actress] Peyton List. She brings a lot to the Lisa Snart character, so I really hope they bring her back. But I think it’s really cool. Lisa and Cisco have a relationship there, and they initiated something. I think it would be really interesting to see how that plays out. Cisco is definitely feeling her, but whether or not she’s feeling him remains to be seen.
Will we see Cisco in a superhero costume this season?
I really hope so, but I don’t know. It would be so fun. I mean, who doesn’t want to be in a super suit? But I know that it’s a bit complicated, what with the material that the suit’s made of. But yeah, I want to do that! Why not?
As we saw in the finale, there might be some frost in Caitlin's future. And though Killer Frost, Caitlin's alter ego, only showed up a with seconds, Danielle Panabaker is ready to do more. I mean, she did put a lot of thought into the costume.
Plus, Caitlin is now married to half a superhero, Ronnie Raymond. That is going to bring it's own problems.
“I feel so grateful to our writers,” she tells Zap2it. “They’ve given me so much meaty material to work with. I mean, everything that went on with Ronnie (Caitlin’s true love, played by Robbie Amell): At first, we thought he was dead, then he was back but he wasn’t himself … then he was really back, and he left her again.
“Obviously, with the season finale when they got married, it’s certainly been a roller coaster. And as an actor, that’s a great thing to play.”
Don't fret, about a little thing called death. Harrison Wells is still around. Tom Cavanagh is still a series regular on the show. At Comic-con, Gustin said Barry and Wells weren't interacting with each other. He did say this however:
Wells is on the show, but we’re introducing the multiverse concept, so that’s why he exists still somewhere.
So, he might've lost his job to Iris, but he seems to be doing just fine. But the Wells we will see is not the one from Earth 1. Yes, the man who Eobard Thawne killed, will not be showing up, despite so many rumors and theories otherwise.
Cavanagh did speak to reporters at Comic-con, and you could read that right here. It is a fun interview, but I don't know how helpful it really is.
So Many Speedsters
There really is. They are adding four new speedsters. Three will be good. One will not be. I mean, just look at this quote from one of the producers.
Producer Gabrielle Stanton told Tvline: "We didn't want Barry to get lonely so we thought we'd bring in some more speedsters. It's always Barry's journey.
So, where to start? How about the very first one: Jay Garrick.
Teddy Sears has been cast as Jay Garrick. It is said that he will be introduced as a mysterious figure who arrives in Central City to warn Barry Allen and his team at S.T.A.R. Labs of an impending danger that he alone cannot hope to stop. We do know that he will be coming from Earth 2.
“Having Jay Garrick come onto the show was one of our earliest ideas,” executive producer Andrew Kreisberg said when Sears’ casting was announced at Comic-Con. “It is so exciting, as we rush into season two, that we finally get to bring the Crimson Comet to life. We couldn’t imagine anyone more suited to play the original Flash than Teddy.”
Stanton promised a stronger mentor relationship between Jay and Barry and said:
"[Barry] still has Joe, he still has his dad, and we're introducing Jay Garrick, who will be a mentor-y character to Barry. Jay has seen some things that Barry hasn't seen, and he's going to be helping him through the process.
Now on to...
Keiynan Lonsdale has been cast as the speedster known in the comics as Kid Flash, Wally West. He joins as a series regular. It is unclear how he might be related to Joe and Iris. My guess is he is a cousin of Iris.
Stanton had this to say about Wally:
"We want to stay respectful and totally satisfy what the fans want out of [Wally West]. But on the other hand, we also need to change the character, twist things and put our own spin on it, so that it's not exactly what everyone expects.
"Otherwise, you're like, 'We're introducing Wally West,' and someone looks it up on Wikipedia and knows the story, so they don't watch. So, it will definitely be our twist on the Wally West character."
How about a girl this time? Jesse Quick!
Newcomer Violett Beane has been cast as Quick. She is characterized as "a brilliant but quirky college student who gets caught up in the battle between The Flash and Season 2 Big Bad Zoom". She will appear in multiple episodes.
And, finally, the villain, Zoom.
No. Tony Todd will not be running around in a suit. But he will be voicing the guy in the suit.
The Flash has decided to leave to identity of Zoom secret, at least for now. And in the meantime, Todd will be lending his voice to the character.
“With the Reverse-Flash, we just modulated Tom Cavanagh’s voice, and this year we wanted to do something a little bit different,” EP Andrew Kreisberg told Variety, the first to report on Todd’s casting.
“Part of the mystery of the season is who or what is underneath the Zoom outfit, and so we wanted to do something like James Earl Jones as Darth Vader — this iconic voice coming out of this mask," Flash executive producer Andrew Kreisberg tells Variety. "Last year, we thought of the Reverse-Flash as a speed warrior; this year, Zoom is like a speed demon, and no one does demon-voice better than Tony Todd."
Of course, there is a lot of other characters. Michael Ironside will play Captain Cold's dad. In other news, Captain Cold will be around. So will Heat Wave, before they both head off to their own show, Legends of Tomorrow. Robbie Raymond will still be around and part of Firestorm. So will his other half. A female Dr. Light will show up. She was mentioned in Arrow season 2.
The Firestorm villain, Tokamak will be played by Demore Barnes. Adam Copeland, Edge in the WWE, is playing Atom-Smasher on The Flash season premiere. At SDCC, they announced that Mirror Master and Dr. Alchemy.
And Grodd continues to live.
Story, When it airs and other details
Here is the official synopsis for season 2. But don't get too excited. There really isn't that much here.
Until recently, 25-year-old Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) lived a normal life as a perpetually tardy C.S.I. in the Central City Police department. Barry is secretly in love with his best friend, Iris West (Candice Patton), daughter of Barry’s surrogate father, Detective Joe West (Jesse L. Martin). Joe adopted Barry fourteen years ago after Barry’s mother was murdered and Barry’s father, Henry Allen, received a life sentence for the crime – though Barry maintains that a mysterious “Man in Yellow” was responsible. Nine months ago, the S.T.A.R. Labs Particle Accelerator exploded, creating a dark matter lightning storm that struck Barry – bestowing him with super-speed and making him the fastest man alive. But Barry wasn’t the only person who was given extraordinary abilities that night. The dark matter also created meta-humans, many of whom have wreaked havoc on the city.
With the help of his new scientist friends at S.T.A.R Labs, Caitlin Snow (Danielle Panabaker), Cisco Ramon (Carlos Valdes), and Dr. Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanaugh), Barry begins a journey as The Flash to protect the people of Central City from these powerful new threats. However, Barry’s mission gets sidetracked when he comes face to face with the Man in Yellow. Barry isn’t fast enough to catch him bu in a shocking revelation the team figures out their beloved mentor, Harrison Wells, is in fact the Man in Yellow and the man responsible for killing Barry’s mother. Harrison Wells reveals his true identity as Eobard Thawne, a man from the future who traveled back in time to kill Barry. When Barry is finally forced to confront Wells, will he be fast enough to catch him? Or will Wells be successful in killing Barry and returning home to the future?
They will be dealing with multiple universes and we will be seeing a bunch of characters from Earth 2, like Jay Garrick.
When it airs
The season premiere is Tuesday, October 6 at 8pm on The CW. It will have 22 episodes.
The first premiere episode is titled, "The Man Who Saved Central City".
Episode 3 is called "Family of Rogues".
Here is the highlight reel from SDCC.
Here's a short promo for season 2.