Thursday, September 10, 2015

THE FLASH's Andrew Kreisberg Discusses Season 2 Characters

If you're one of the crazy kids who regularly follow DAMN Good Coffee...and HOT, you probably noticed that the CW series The Flash is adding a bunch of new characters from the DC Comics Universe for its highly-anticipated second season.

Entertainment Weekly spoke with executive producer Andrew Kreisberg about some of the new characters we'll be meeting and how the concept of the multiverse factors into what lies ahead for everyone's favorite Scarlet Speedster.

"We’ve been having a lot of fun with that and getting glimpses of Earth-Two probably sooner than people would’ve thought," said Kreisberg.  "It’s still Flash. It’s still the same show.  It still has those characters and that camaraderie, but our villains are coming from a brand new place and we’re dealing with different concepts, and it’s just really exciting."

Here are Kreisberg's remarks on four of the new additions...

The Flash/Jay Garrick (Teddy Sears)

"There’s a little condescension from Jay.  Jay is a little bit more world-weary and he’s seen a lot.  He’s been The Flash for a while, so he’s a little further along in his career.  He’s seen a lot of darkness, and it’s jaded him a little bit.  He thinks Barry can be a bit naïve about the way the world works.

"One of Barry’s greatest gifts — and truly it’s one of Grant’s greatest gifts, too — is he’s got such an infectious energy and such a purity of heart that he makes you want to be a better person.  As much as Barry learns from Jay about being The Flash, Jay learns just as much about being a good person from Barry."

Wally West (Keiynan Lonsdale)

"I would liken Wally coming in to the way we brought on Colton Haynes on to Arrow.  Just like with Colton Haynes, who eventually one day put on the Arsenal costume, I wouldn’t be surprised if one day Wally West becomes Kid Flash.

"Part of the season is watching Barry mature and grow up not just as The Flash, but as Barry Allen.  Suddenly introducing him to a bit of a wayward kid who has some attitude problems and some authority issues and is quick with a sassy remark — all of which is very Wally West — and then watching Wally integrate into S.T.A.R. Labs universe, but also just the world of these characters, is going to be a lot of the fun of the back half of the year."

Zoom (voice of Tony Todd)

"We wanted another speedster as a villain, but we wanted to do something slightly different. Reverse-Flash felt like a warrior, and what we wanted this time was something more akin to a monster.  When you finally see Zoom, he looks like a demon, and it’s really scary.  It’s more horrific.  You should feel like when one of H.R. Giger’s aliens comes in the room.  The mask is really amazing.

"Like with (Harrison) Wells last year, he has a very specific agenda and a very specific and very clean reason for doing what he’s doing.  When we open the season, he’s a villain of Earth-Two, and now he has access to Earth-One.  Yet again, our team has created their own nemeses for the season.  Watching how Zoom enacts his plan is the plot of the first nine episodes."

Patty Spivot (Shantel VanSanten)

"She’s got a very specific reason for wanting to fight metahumans, which we’ll learn about during the course of the season.  She’s a science nerd, too.  She really loves the science aspect of it, and she and Barry really bond on that level, but she also loves the action.

"She earns her metahuman fighting stripes in the second episode.  One of the cool things about Patty is it’s one thing to take on bank robbers, it’s another to take on someone who can turn into poison gas, or another guy who can control the weather.  At a key moment early on, Patty is the only cop who stands her ground, and that proves to Joe that she’s got what it takes."

The Flash returns to The CW for Season 2 on October 6, 2015.

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