Tonight on The Flash, Iris lastly received her superpowered second.
When a brand new meta arrived with the flexibility to steal powers and switch them into another person, it did not take lengthy earlier than Barry’s speedster powers had been inadvertently given to Iris. Barry turned a traditional dude, and Iris turned a purple-streaked speedster who battled fires and saved lives.
Her huge speedster second got here when she created a tidal wave by working on water to place out an especially sizzling hearth (a feat Barry has by no means achieved earlier than), however the episode was much less about Iris having powers and extra about Iris reestablishing who she is, what she cares about, and what she brings to the desk for Workforce Flash.
“I feel this episode clearly reveals that having Barry’s powers for an episode actually made [Iris] understand what she’s captivated with,” Candice Patton advised reporters after a screening of the episode. “She understands that Barry having velocity is what will get him up within the morning…and I feel it reignited for her that she nonetheless has to seek out that, and that journalism is a factor she has form of put to the facet to take up the mantle at STAR labs, but it surely’s nonetheless part of her and it is nonetheless the explanation that she wakes up.”
On the finish of the episode, Iris was fast to get Barry’s powers again to him, with no actual intention of probably holding them. As a substitute, she went again to writing in regards to the Flash, bringing again that journalist facet we have all been lacking. Government producer Todd Helbing calls her return to her calling a “reawakening,” and stated this episode felt like probably the most natural time to return to Iris doing what she loves.
“It was actually like as soon as Barry went into the speedforce, you—Iris—made that call to grow to be group chief and it simply felt like the very best time to type of get you type of transferring again down that observe.”
“Yeah, and in addition you’ve got nonetheless received that article in 2024 we have gotta take care of,” Patton added, referring to the article that Iris finally writes titled “Flash Lacking, Vanishes in Disaster.”
Patton says that whereas Iris with superpowers has at all times been a dream, Iris holding these powers was not.
“I at all times thought it will be cool only for followers and only for the present to see her swimsuit up for an episode. I by no means wished it to be a factor the place Iris turned a superhero on The Flash, as a result of a) we have sufficient superheroes, and b) that is simply not who Iris is,” she says. “I feel a very powerful factor about Iris is she’s a hero in her personal proper with none superpowers. She makes use of her coronary heart and her mind and her avenue smarts to assist the group.”
In that approach, Patton says Iris serves as an inspiration to the viewers.
“It appeals to the viewers that we ourselves, as human beings day-after-day, we could be heroes in our personal lives,” she stated. “We do not want superpowers, we do not have to be struck by lightning tomorrow to do one thing necessary, so I feel Iris form of illuminates that on the present.”
Learn on for just a few tidbits from Patton and Helbing after tonight’s episode!
Studying to Run: Patton says that for the character, having these velocity powers was actually cool. For her, not a lot.
“I imply, there is no such thing as a college for performing in entrance of a inexperienced display, not that I am conscious of” she stated. “I feel I’ve watched Grant [Gustin] do it for 3 years and simply been like, cool for you bro. That is one thing I am going to by no means need to do.”
Patton stated she solely discovered in regards to the episode proper earlier than it was shot, giving her little time to arrange.
“Simply studying to run in entrance of a inexperienced display…it is like your arms are transferring, your legs should not,” she defined, saying that Gustin gave her ideas like “do not rise up straight and do it, as a result of you are going to look ridiculous.” “It was nice. I am so grateful that I received to do this. I do not know that I might wish to do it on a regular basis…”
Suiting Up: Patton additionally wasn’t an enormous fan of the all-important masks meant to maintain her id considerably of a secret. Apparently it was such a wrestle to seek out one which match her face that when requested about it, Patton’s response was one thing like “Unghhhhh.” She in contrast herself to a minion at one level through the try-on section.
Patton was a fan of what she calls the “David Bowie sneakers,” however as for the jacket and that purple streak, Helbing says that is a thriller he desires to maintain for now.
“There is a particular motive we designed the costume the way in which we did,” he stated, including later that “There is a particular motive for the jacket. That is kinda all I am going to provide you with guys…You will discover out quickly.”
Lady Energy: The importance of Iris’ second coming presently—together with many moments of help and encouragement from Caitlin—was not misplaced on Patton.
“I perceive the significance of it, a) being a lady, b) being a black lady. The occasions that we’re residing in, it is so necessary for younger ladies of shade, younger ladies of any shade to see numerous girls because the heroes of their very own story. So it has been a very long time coming, and we have seen that in little methods with Iris and Caitlin and the opposite feminine characters on this present form of saving the day with none powers, however there’s something cool about going to the films and seeing a robust badass feminine superhero. It provides younger ladies one thing to aspire to.”
Patton says that after she noticed Surprise Lady with Legends star Caity Lotz, she walked out like “that is what white males should really feel like day-after-day!”
“It is necessary for younger girls to stroll out of the movie show and stroll out of watching these TV reveals and simply really feel sturdy and empowered. So in a small approach, I hope this episode—as small as it’s, it is a one-off—I hope it does that for somebody watching.”
Mama and Papa West? Patton says the following merchandise on her character bucket checklist (after gaining superpowers) was to have a child.
“I feel the following step, I assume, could be finally to see Barry and Iris have a child. I do not know when that might probably occur with what they’re attempting to do…”
Helbing provided no touch upon this, so no phrase on if there can be any youngsters any time quickly. He performed equally coy on the id of “thriller lady” performed by Jessica Parker Kennedy.
Evil Harry? Helbing was additionally very quiet when requested if Harry’s “considering cap” may need some hostile results and switch him evil, a la Devoe. “No remark,” he stated after an extended silence.
The Flash airs Tuesdays at eight p.m. on the CW.