Tonight on The Flash, Iris lastly acquired 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 have been inadvertently given to Iris. Barry turned a standard dude, and Iris turned a purple-streaked speedster who battled fires and saved lives.
Her massive speedster second got here when she created a tidal wave by working on water to place out a particularly 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 Group Flash.
“I believe 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 pace is what will get him up within the morning…and I believe it reignited for her that she nonetheless has to seek out that, and that journalism is a factor she has type of put to the facet to take up the mantle at STAR labs, nevertheless it’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 presumably maintaining them. As a substitute, she went again to writing concerning the Flash, bringing again that journalist facet we have all been lacking. Govt producer Todd Helbing calls her return to her calling a “reawakening,” and stated 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 turn out to be group chief and it simply felt like the most effective time to kind of get you kind of transferring again down that observe.”
“Yeah, and in addition you’ve got nonetheless acquired 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 maintaining these powers was not.
“I all the time thought it will be cool only for followers and only for the present to see her go well with up for an episode. I by no means needed it to be a factor the place Iris turned a superhero on The Flash, as a result of a) we have got sufficient superheroes, and b) that is simply not who Iris is,” she says. “I believe 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 road smarts to assist the group.”
In that manner, 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 must be struck by lightning tomorrow to do one thing vital, so I believe Iris type 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 faculty for performing in entrance of a inexperienced display, not that I am conscious of” she stated. “I believe 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 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 usually are not,” she defined, saying that Gustin gave her ideas like “do not get up straight and do it, as a result of you are going to look ridiculous.” “It was nice. I am so grateful that I acquired to do this. I do not know that I would 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 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 in the course of the try-on section.
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 needs to maintain for now.
“There is a particular purpose we designed the costume the way in which we did,” he stated, including later that “There is a particular purpose for the jacket. That is kinda all I am going to provide you with guys…You may discover out quickly.”
Woman 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 girl. The instances that we’re residing in, it is so vital for younger women of coloration, younger women of any coloration to see various 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 type of saving the day with none powers, however there’s something cool about going to the films and seeing a powerful badass feminine superhero. It offers younger women one thing to aspire to.”
Patton says that after she noticed Surprise Girl with Legends star Caity Lotz, she walked out like “that is what white males should really feel like day-after-day!”
“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 robust and empowered. So in a small manner, 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 believe the subsequent step, I suppose, could be finally to see Barry and Iris have a child. I do not know when that would presumably occur with what they’re attempting to do…”
Helbing provided no touch upon this, so no phrase on if there might 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 antagonistic 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.