Tonight on The Flash, Iris lastly bought her superpowered second.
When a brand new meta arrived with the power 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 grew to become a traditional dude, and Iris grew to become 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] notice what she’s keen about,” Candice Patton advised reporters after a screening of the episode. “She understands that Barry having pace 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 aspect to take up the mantle at STAR labs, but it surely’s nonetheless part of her and it is nonetheless the rationale 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 conserving them. As an alternative, she went again to writing concerning the Flash, bringing again that journalist aspect we have all been lacking. Govt producer Todd Helbing calls her return to her calling a “reawakening,” and mentioned this episode felt like essentially 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 change into group chief and it simply felt like the most effective time to form of get you form of transferring again down that monitor.”
“Yeah, and likewise you’ve got nonetheless bought that article in 2024 we have gotta cope with,” Patton added, referring to the article that Iris finally writes titled “Flash Lacking, Vanishes in Disaster.”
Patton says that whereas Iris with superpowers has all the time been a dream, Iris conserving these powers was not.
“I all the time thought it might be cool only for followers and only for the present to see her go well with up for an episode. I by no means wished it to be a factor the place Iris grew to become 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 an important 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 road 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 daily, we will be heroes in our personal lives,” she mentioned. “We do not want superpowers, we do not should be struck by lightning tomorrow to do one thing vital, so I feel Iris form of illuminates that on the present.”
Learn on for a couple of tidbits from Patton and Helbing after tonight’s episode!
Studying to Run: Patton says that for the character, having these pace powers was actually cool. For her, not a lot.
“I imply, there isn’t a college for appearing in entrance of a inexperienced display, not that I am conscious of” she mentioned. “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 must do.”
Patton mentioned she solely realized concerning the episode proper earlier than it was shot, giving her little time to organize.
“Simply studying to run in entrance of a inexperienced display…it is like your arms are transferring, your legs are usually 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 bought 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 identification considerably of a secret. Apparently it was such a battle 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 part.
Patton was a fan of what she calls the “David Bowie footwear,” 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 cause we designed the costume the best way we did,” he mentioned, including later that “There is a particular cause for the jacket. That is kinda all I am going to offer you guys…You may discover out quickly.”
Lady Energy: The importance of Iris’ second coming at the moment—together with many moments of help and encouragement from Caitlin—was not misplaced on Patton.
“I perceive the significance of it, a) being a girl, b) being a black girl. The occasions that we’re residing in, it is so vital for younger women of coloration, younger women of any coloration to see numerous ladies 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 flicks and seeing a robust badass feminine superhero. It provides younger women one thing to aspire to.”
Patton says that after she noticed Marvel Girl with Legends star Caity Lotz, she walked out like “that is what white males should really feel like daily!”
“It is vital for younger ladies 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 subsequent merchandise on her character bucket listing (after gaining superpowers) was to have a child.
“I feel the subsequent step, I suppose, can 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 will likely be any children any time quickly. He performed equally coy on the identification of “thriller woman” performed by Jessica Parker Kennedy.
Evil Harry? Helbing was additionally very quiet when requested if Harry’s “pondering cap” might need some hostile results and switch him evil, a la Devoe. “No remark,” he mentioned after an extended silence.
The Flash airs Tuesdays at eight p.m. on the CW.