“The Elongated Knight Rises” Stills, With Some Surprises

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The CW has released some official still images from next week’s episode of The Flash, which gives us some tantalizing glimpses of things we didn’t see in yesterday’s trailer. At left, there’s a much-needed costume upgrade for the Elongated Man; it may not look like the comics version of Ralph’s outfit, but it’s a lot better than what he’s had in the show thus far.

And that isn’t all. The images show that Zoey Clark, also known as Prank, will debut on the series as an associate of the second Trickster. Those who watched the 1990s Flash series will remember her as one of the first Trickster’s sidekicks, played by Corrine Bohrer. It’s not known what her relationship will be to Axel, but perhaps she’s attached to him because he’s purportedly the son of James Jesse (some fans have been theorizing that she’s Axel’s mother ever since he first appeared, which may have some merit).

So there should be a lot of interesting things next week!

-- Lia.

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Movement on the Flashpoint Movie – Spider-Man: Homecoming Writers in Negotiations to Direct

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Variety reports that John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein are in negotiations to direct Flashpoint. The stand-alone movie has been without a director since November 2016, when Rick Famuyiwa left the project. (via Comics Beat)

As far as super-heroes go, the pair wrote the story for Spider-Man: Homecoming. But that doesn’t tell us much about their directing style. They have directed a few films together, notably the 2015 comedy Vacation and the upcoming murder mystery Game Night – so it’s anybody’s guess what sort of tone the studio is aiming for at this point. (Presumably if they’re actually adapting the Flashpoint comic book, even loosely, they aren’t going for broad comedy.)

Flashpoint stars Ezra Miller as Barry Allen and Kiersey Clemons as Iris West, and while it’s billed as a Flash solo film, it will also feature the DCEU’s Wonder Woman and Cyborg.

-- Kelson.

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“The Elongated Knight Rises” Trailer

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Here’s the extended trailer for next week’s episode of The Flash, titled “The Elongated Knight Rises”. After the events of tonight’s episode, Ralph Dibny must prove himself alone in the field, while Barry deals with problems of his own.

Looking forward to seeing the second Trickster again? What do you hope to see in the episode? Share your thoughts here!

-- Lia.

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“The Trial of The Flash” – Review of S4 Ep 10 of THE FLASH

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“My name is Barry Allen and I’m an innocent man”.

When we left the Flash at the mid-season finale, Clifford DeVoe’s body had been found in Barry and Iris’ apartment, stabbed to death.  The police arrived to find Barry standing over the Thinker’s now lifeless body.  Also…the Thinker’s former body, as DeVoe had traded consciousness with Dominic Lanse, aka Brainstorm.  Barry is arrested…and as we return for the mid-season return we are ready for the trial.  Can Barry get out of this one? Will he reveal his identity? Want to know more? Follow us after the jump!

SOME SPOILERS AHEAD!

Note: This review is posting prior to THE FLASH airing in the Pacific Time Zone. If you haven’t seen the episode yet, STOP HERE and come back when you’ve seen the show! Trust us…you’ll be glad you did!

By now, the full FLASH team is in on what’s happened, but they cannot figure out the larger plan. Just so you know, this episode doesn’t give us that larger plan, either. We’ll have to see that sort itself out over the rest of the season.  

What we DO have is a trial…and it goes as badly as you could ever think for Barry Allen.  Cecile is representing him, but Barry refuses to testify – and he won’t reveal his identity.  Without that, he really doesn’t stand a chance.  Every twist that could help Barry is easily turned around, either by the prosecution or by Marlize DeVoe, when she puts on a big-time performance as the shattered widow.

During all of this, a new meta shows up. This one is unaware of the effect he is having on everyone. The new meta, aka Fallout, is building up higher and higher levels of radiation, giving everyone around him radiation sickness. He doesn’t realize this effect until very late in the episode, and appears to be truly frightened by what is happening to him.

We run these two story lines throughout the episode – Barry’s trial, and the attempt to find and neutralize the threat presented by Fallout.

One additional subplot comes when Joe almost plants evidence at the DeVoe house. He is so desperate to save Barry that he almost violates everything dear to him as a police detective.  What stops him?

Ralph.

Ralph leaves the choice up to Joe…but lets Joe know what the implications of that choice could be by telling his own story.  Ralph lost his career…and basically everything…when he planted evidence years ago.  His talk is a bit of redemption here for his character – and thankfully Joe decides not to go down that road.

Iris almost gives up Barry’s identity after talking with Marlize. Barry stops her, and realizes a new effect of the Speed Force in doing so. He somehow stops time for everyone except himself and Iris, and convinces her that the cost of revealing who he is would be too great. Everyone he knows and loves would be in danger, and she agrees to let him follow his own path.

In the end Flash helps to stop Fallout, running off from the trial in the middle of closing statements to do so. He saves the day…but is found guilty of first degree murder.

As he returns to the courthouse for sentencing, a remarkable scene is set with frequent cutaways. It bounces back and forth between Singh at CCPD praising the Flash and setting up an Award of Valor, while the Judge excoriates Barry as the worst of the worst and sentences him to life without the possibility of parole.  Barry is taken to Iron Heights…to find he is in his father’s old cell.  And that’s where we leave Barry both figuratively and literally until next week!

NOTES:  

  • I know that the writers wanted the trial to be as one-sided as possible, but they inadvertently undercut Cecile’s credibility as a good lawyer in this episode.  Yes, she was held back by Barry’s refusal to testify, but they also had her giving up too easily during Marlize’s testimony. I would have loved to see more fight from her, as her character has been established so far as a truly tough attorney.
  • That said, I wanted to cheer when Ralph talked Joe out of planting evidence.  This was a great scene for him, giving some redemption to the character. Great scene, and great acting all around.
  • I’m glad the “Trial of the Flash” didn’t get him out of trouble too quickly, and it will be interesting to see just how Barry is eventually freed…and how he can (if at all) do any heroics while at Iron Heights.

Overall this was an 8/10 for me. A good, solid episode, though I am anxious for the show to get to the point of whatever DeVoe’s plan may be.  That’s just my opinion – what do YOU think? Leave your comments below!

-- Ed Garrett.

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“Honey, I Shrunk Team Flash”, And More

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The CW has released the official synopsis for the January 30th episode of The Flash, titled “Honey, I Shrunk Team Flash”. The episode will introduce an unnamed metahuman villain, and somebody close to the team will temporarily gain powers themselves.

“Honey, I Shrunk Team Flash”
THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MEN — A meta who can shrink anything he touches battles Team Flash. Cisco (Carlos Valdes) and Ralph (guest star Hartley Sawyer) get caught in his crossfire and are shrunk to miniature versions of themselves. Cecile (guest star Danielle Nicolet) realizes her pregnancy has caused her to have temporary powers and discovers she can hear other people’s thoughts, which unnerves Joe (Jesse L. Martin). Meanwhile, Barry (Grant Gustin) meets someone with a mysterious connection to Henry Allen. Chris Peppe directed the episode written by Sam Chalsen & Judalina Neira (#412). Original airdate 1/30/2018

Plus, it’s been revealed that we’ll be seeing another non-Flash villain on the show later this season. This one is Hyrax, a Green Arrow foe who’s an environmental activist. There are an unusual number of non-Flash villains on the show this season.

-- Lia.

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“A Cold Day in Hell” Finale – Review of THE FLASH #38

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Our favorite speedster has been drawn into a trap by the Rogues, with help from August Heart aka Godspeed. Stuck in an absolute zero environment, Barry cannot access his speed to defend himself against Len Snart’s brutal attack. Things are looking pretty rough for The Flash in an arc that re-establishes the Rogues as the baddest group of bad guys around.  So, how can Barry get out of this one? To find out more, follow us after the jump!

SPOILERS AHEAD!

As the beatdown continues, Snart can’t help telling Barry about their plans for Copperhead. All those cold guns they sold to Copperhead’s gang are set to explode, taking out the only competition the Rogues believe they have in Central City.

And that’s where the fun begins.

August has been waiting to hear what the real plan is…and now he jumps into action, turning off the absolute cold environment and letting Barry get his speed back. Of course Flash makes short work of the Rogues, in a great splash page by artist Scott Kolins. As that gets sorted out we find:

  • August regrets his actions as Godspeed, and didn’t take his opportunity to escape. He wants forgiveness but doesn’t believe he deserves it, at least not yet.
  • Barry realizes he’s been in a different sort of prison, one of his own making. It’s time to make a few things right…more on that in a minute.
  • Meanwhile, Kid Flash has gone after those cold guns and risks his life to save Copperhead…not because Copperhead was good, but because Kid Flash is a real hero. Glad to see that.  Of course, Barry arrives just in time to save them both.
  • Copperhead eludes trouble for now…and meets with the mysterious person who really is the crime boss of Central City.
  • Kristen uses this opportunity to get in with Warden Wolfe, while continuing to report her findings to Singh (this should make for some interesting subplots moving forward)
  • Snart is found to be the actual person who killed Turbine, and is shipped to…Belle Reve!
  • And Barry decides to try to make things right with none other than…Iris West!

Barry has realized that he is looking for that second chance in life…and with Iris. Whether he gets that chance any time soon is left up to future issues, but this was a great note to end the “Cold Day In Hell” arc.

SUMMARY: This has been a great arc by writer Joshua Williamson. I’ve enjoyed everything Williamson has thrown at us since taking over THE FLASH, adding new characters to the mythos and revitalizing the Rogues as in this arc (in fact we get a bit of both here with the return of both Godspeed and the Rogues).  I’m also glad that the ending isn’t quite so nice and tidy.  Not everything is back to normal…and that’s just fine here. We have the potential for a LOT of great stories spilling out of this arc, and this reviewer is looking forward to whatever 2018 holds for The Flash.  I’ll give this one a 9/10 – what do YOU think? Leave your comments below!

-- Ed Garrett.

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“The Elongated Knight Rises” Synopsis

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The CW has released the official synopsis for the second Flash episode in January, titled “The Elongated Knight Rises”. It will air on January 23rd.

The Flash 4×11 “The Elongated Knight Rises”
THE RISE OF THE HERO — When a familiar villain returns to terrorize Central City, Ralph (guest star Hartley Sawyer) must rise up to defend the innocent while Barry (Grant Gustin) is detained by his trial. Meanwhile, Barry searches for the strength to keep his optimism alive in the face of his new circumstances. Alexandra La Roche directed the episode written by Sterling Gates & Thomas Pound (#411). Original airdate 1/23/2018.

The synopsis doesn’t say so, but from set photos it seems that the “familiar villain” is the second Trickster (Devon Graye).

Looking forward to seeing Ralph in action by himself? How do you think he’ll fare? Share your thoughts!

-- Lia.

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Sneak Peeks At The Upcoming Flash War

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Monday brought a lot of teases for the upcoming “Flash War” storyline, in the form of some preview pages and an interview at CBR. Writer Joshua Williamson posted several coloured preview pages from Flash Annual #1 at his Twitter account, and then CBR posted the same pages plus another soon afterward. The annual is due out on January 31st, and is the prelude to “Flash War”.

It seems that somebody has torn through the Flash Museum — possibly the Top, who returns in the issue — and has given us a look at some of the interesting easter eggs to be found inside. Most notably, the existence of the classic incarnation of Bart Allen, as well as Max Mercury, Johnny Quick, Savitar, the Tornado Twins, and John Fox. I think most of us would like to have many or all of them return to continuity and the Flashverse, so it’s welcome news.

Plus, we know there will be conflict between Barry and the original Wally West during “Flash War”, so there’s a page of that too. Looks like the younger Wally may have to play peacemaker between them.

 
 
 

CBR has also posted an interview with Williamson, in which he talks a bit about what we’ll be seeing in Flash issues for the coming year, including “Flash War”.

-- Lia.

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“The Trial of the Flash” Trailer and Images

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The CW has released the extended trailer and official still images for The Flash‘s mid-season premiere, titled “The Trial of the Flash”. The episode will air on January 16th. One still can be seen at left, and look below for the trailer and a link to the images.

The other stills can be seen at Flash TV News. As noted at the link, the prosecutor in the story arc will be played by Mark Valley, who starred as Christopher Chance in the FOX DC series Human Target.

“The Trial of the Flash” – (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET)
BARRY FIGHTS FOR HIS LIFE — As Barry’s (Grant Gustin) trial for the murder of Clifford DeVoe begins, Iris (Candice Patton) and Joe (Jesse L. Martin) must decide how far they are willing to go to keep Barry out of prison. Philip Chipera directed the episode written by Lauren Certo & Kristen Kim (#410). Original airdate 1/16/2018.

-- Lia.

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