Everything We Know About The Flash Season 3 So Far

Tuesday, 23 August 2016 - 2:37PM
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Tuesday, 23 August 2016 - 2:37PM
Everything We Know About The Flash Season 3 So Far
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We're more than a month away from the Flash premiere on October 4, but we already have tons of intel on the upcoming third season. Between the new timeline, hordes of DC Comics villains, musical crossovers, the return of seemingly dead characters, and more, we have plenty to look forward to after that game-changing second season finale. Here's everything we know about the Flashpoint paradox, the Big Bads, and the rest of The Flash season 3:


As we all know, in the second season finale, Barry changed the timeline by saving his mother from Zoom, triggering an alternate Flashpoint timeline. This adaptation will be significantly different from the Flashpoint comics, since there obviously won't be a war between Wonder Woman and Aquaman or appearances from any version of Batman, but it will be broadly similar.

Everything has changed in this timeline; Barry has lost his powers, his parents are still alive, Cisco is one of the richest men in the country, he and Iris are casual acquaintances, Joe West is a stranger, and Wally West/Kid Flash is the savior of Central City. This will be a lot of fun, but like most game-changing detours, it won't be sustainable, and word is that Flashpoint will only last for a couple of episodes, but will have some "permanent effects." 

Kid Flash

Kid Flash

Everything's coming up Wally this season, and after the first images of his superhero costume came out, we now know that we'll get to see Kid Flash in all his glory. It's unclear whether he'll keep his speed force powers after Flashpoint, but we'll at least get to see him be a speedster for a few episodes.

The villains

The producers have confirmed that there are two Big Bads, and the other was teased heavily in the season three trailer: Doctor Alchemy. In the comics, he uses the Philosopher's Stone from Merlin to transmute elements in order to fight the Flash. The actor for the actual role hasn't currently been cast, but the villain is being voiced by Tobin Bell, the actor behind Saw villain Jigsaw. 

The other villain was discovered back in July, a mysterious black-clad speedster was spotted on the Flash set. Some fans speculated that we'd be seeing Black Racer, but most were completely nonplussed:

Now, the producers have revealed that the new villain is Savitar, a relatively minor antagonist who primarily went up against Wally West. In the comics, he was a former Eastern Bloc military pilot who was infused with Speed Force energy while flying an experimental supersonic plane. He then begins to hunt other speedsters, including Max Mercury and Wally West, who sends him back into the Speed Force. No actor has been officially cast for this role either, which leaves the door open for a certain Harry Potter alum...

Malfoy comes to Central City

Tom Felton has joined The Flash as a series regular. He will be playing a character named Julian Dorn, a fellow CSI who works with Barry and is described as follows:

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Another CSI at the Central City Police Department who has suspicions about Barry Allen. He is also Barry's slightly older, slightly geekier contemporary, a guy who is as smart as he is intuitive. As such, this newcomer doesn't buy Barry's nice guy routine and sets out to learn what he's hiding - all while concealing some secrets of his own.
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It's unclear at this point whether he'll have a villainous alter ego, but the above set pictures of Savitar easily could have been Felton under the mask. Just saying.

Harrison Wells returns

Tom Cavanagh is returning as a series regular this year, which means that Harrison Wells is coming back in some form. According to recent spoilers, the Flashpoint timeline wonkiness will mean that Reverse-Flash never killed the original Earth-1 Harrison Wells and his wife, so we'll probably be seeing him again for the first few episodes. But Cavanagh will be around all season, so there may be more long-lasting consequences of the Flashpoint storyline than we thought. 

Musical episodes!

The Flash and Supergirl are teaming up for a Glee reunion two musical crossover episodes! While musical episodes can be hit-or-miss, we're completely excited for this one, especially if it manages to combine all of the charm from the first Supergirl/Flash crossover and that adorable season one rendition of "Summer Lovin":

There's also a chance that these musical episodes will be The Flash's installment of the giant Supergirl/Arrow/Flash/LOT crossover, which will likely be coming in late November, but we wouldn't complain if there were several opportunities for Kara and Barry to cross paths. 

Crossovers galore

We can always count on a few crossovers within the Flarrowverse shows each season, but now it's confirmed that Felicity Smoak will visit Central City in episode 2. 

Gorilla City

We already knew that this season would bring back Gorilla Grodd, but as it turns out, they're doing the Gorilla Grodd storyline on steroids. Andrew Kreisberg recently confirmed that The Flash season 3 would take Barry to Gorilla City, Gorilla Grodd's home on Earth-2 that's full of superintelligent, genetically modified gorillas.


Joey King has been cast as Magenta, a DC Comics villain who was also a onetime love interest for Wally West. It seems that she'll just be a one-off villain, since her IMDb page only lists her for one episode, so we probably won't get to see the love interest side of her character. But that may indicate that Magenta is a Wally West villain, since season three seems to be the Wally season.

Her character is described as follows:

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A good kid, kicked around from foster home to foster home, Francis is now with an abusive foster father, John James, and his submissive wife, Karen. Sick and tired of being hurt, Francis has been having blackouts during which time she becomes her alter-ego, a meta human, who has superhuman strength and a desire for revenge.
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Other Baddies-of-the-Week

Several other one-off and minor villains have been confirmed for this season, including Top and Mirror Master. Top will be a female version of the villain in the comics, a mentally unstable criminal named Rosa played by Awkward's Ashley Rickards. It's unclear how long she'll remain on The Flash, but we know that Wentworth Miller's Captain Cold will be heavily involved in her origin story.

Mirror Master might have a slightly larger role in the season, since he's described as going on a "crime spree":

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One of the Flash's most infamous Rogues, Sam Scudder — aka Mirror Master — is a smooth criminal with a huge ego. Upon discovering he now has the power to travel through any reflective surface, Scudder embarks on a massive crime spree to prove himself the greatest thief that Central City has ever seen.
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Caitlin's past will be revealed

Susan Walters has been cast as Caitlin's Snow's mother—a world-famous biomedical engineer—confirming that we'll finally get a sense of Caitlin's childhood in season three. Caitlin and her doppelganger, Killer Frost, both mentioned having tortured relationships with their mothers, which means we might also get some insight into whether she could become a full-blown villain in later seasons.

John Wesley Shipp will once again play The Flash

After 25 years, John Wesley Shipp is returning to play The Flash—this time as Earth-1 Jay Garrick, or the man behind the mask in season 2. In the Flashpoint timeline, Henry Allen will still be alive, so Jay will likely come into play after Flashpoint is over. Here's how Shipp described his upcoming role as Jay Garrick: 

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For me, personally, as an actor, Henry Allen was rather closed-ended, he was there for a purpose, he served his purpose, it was time for him to die. The fact that I'm now getting to morph into an entirely different character that is so important to the Justice Society of America, which also bleeds into "Legends of Tomorrow," he's such an important character to this whole world – it just opens up enormous possibilities for me as an actor going forward, and the challenge for me, having played Henry, is that I now get to create an entirely different character going forward. And how that affects Barry – because Barry's going to want to lean on this guy who looks just like his father but is not his father – that can create a whole bunch of psychological conflict too. I'm as excited as you are to see how all of this will play out.
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Kevin Smith will direct an episode

Director and famed comics nerd Kevin Smith will helm one episode of the third season, specifically episode seven. The episode he directed in season two, "The Runaway Dinosaur," was widely considered to be one of the best of the season, so hopefully he can recreate that magic in season three.

New LGBT character

The producers have teased that one of the characters in the Arrowverse—most likely The Flash or Supergirl—will be exploring their sexuality this season. We have no idea who it will be, although there's a chance that it will be Cisco, since it's reportedly a "beloved" character, and he's never had a significant romantic storyline. 

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"It is a significant character and we're not trying to be coy about it, we really want the audience to enjoy the character developments and not necessarily be ahead of the storyline," Greg Berlanti said at TCA.
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Teddy Sears won't return as Black Flash (yet)

In the season two finale, Teddy Sears' Zoom seemed to turn into something resembling Black Flash from the comics, leading many fans to speculate that he would be back as a different villain. EP Andrew Kreisberg pretty much confirmed that he'll be back as Black Flash, although he said there are no plans to bring him back for season three as of now, and it seems like their villain plate is already pretty full. If anything, we'd expect him to be the Big Bad of season 4.

The rubber ducky

Grant Gustin recently revealed the stealthy MVP of The Flash: a rubber ducky that has appeared in every scene in the police station since season one. And since Barry is just a regular Joe CSI in the Flashpoint storyline, we can expect a lot more rubber ducky Easter eggs in our future. 
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