The Flash TV show has truly opened up the world of DC Comics to a larger and unfamiliar audience. Now the big question is where to go next? Here are 10 hopefuls for season 2.
I think it fair to say that The Flash pretty much exceeded everyone’s expectations. When the show was first announced, I was worried it’d suffer from poor visual effects. So glad I was wrong. The most amazing had to be Gorilla Grodd. I never thought I’d ever seen Grodd in a live action TV show in my lifetime. That seemed like something we’d have to wait for the movie or at least only in cartoons. But the producers pulled it off, and now the possibilities are almost endless on how far they can go with characters.
That being said, I thought about 10 characters I hope to see for season 2 especially seeing how the writers are hard at work on season 2 right now! 5 heroes and 5 villains.
Let’s take a look at my “wish list” for season 2 of The Flash:
Who: Ralph Dibny is a professional detective that also has ability to stretch and shape his body. He first appeared in The Flash vol. 1, #112 (May 12, 1960). Ralph and Barry end up becoming fast friends and think of each other like brothers.
How: In the episode entitled, “Power Outage”, Ralph Dibny is mentioned as one of the people who seemingly died as a result of the particle accelerator accident that gave The Flash his powers. Of course this is said by Dr. Harrison Wells AKA the Reverse Flash, so it would be easy for the writers to just chalk this up to Wells lying.
The best way to introduce Ralph would be to have him and Barry friends, or even better roommates, in college. They both end up studying criminology, but obviously go in different directions. You have Ralph as a private detective and has to come to Central City on a lead. Don’t introduce the stretching powers as first, but have Ralph do his famous nose twitch.
How: With Wells gone, I feel that Barry still needs a mentor. You can have Barry hear about Max Mercury and seek him out for advice on how to better use his speed powers. Have Max reluctant to teach Barry and to use his own speed powers. Eventually a bond forms between the 2 men, and then Barry has a new speed teacher.
Who: Jesse Chambers is the daughter of Golden Age heroes Johnny Quick, a speedster, and Liberty Belle, a woman with enhanced strength. When Jesse first appeared in Justice Society of America (vol. 2) #1 (August 1992), she was a graduate student researching the impact of superheroes for her thesis. Jesse eventually adopted identity of the super hero Jesse Quick, using the powers that she inherited from both of her parents.
How: Keep Jesse as a graduate student and still researching her thesis. With all the new heroes now popping up, this really seems like the logical choice. Have Jesse be the one who tells Barry about Max Mercury. Then keep her around as a supporting character.
How: In the same episode that Ralph was mentioned in, “Power Outage”, Grant Grant Emerson is mentioned as one of the people who seemingly died. You make his “death” as his body exploding. Several months later, have it reform. Have Grant have problems controlling his exploding powers. This will lead Barry to help him out, but of course Grant doesn’t want any help from anyone.
How: Still have him as a creation of T.O. Morrow. Start Red Tornado as an object of revenge against someone like Wells. Kind of play on the Frankenstein theme. Tornado ends up battling Barry, but eventually begins to develop a “soul” and overcome his programing and finds humanity. I know it’s a very old sounding plot, but I’d still love to see Red Tornado as a character on The Flash.
Who: Sam Scudder was a simple convict, but had the goal to learn how to get inside the reflection of a mirror. Stumbling into a hall of mirrors, he experimented and discovered a way to get in his own reflection. He used this power to become the criminal Mirror Master and was a frequent foe of The Flash. Mirror Master used several mirror like gadgets to produce fantastic effects such as hypnotism, invisibility, holograms, physical transformations, communications and travel into other dimensions.
How: Mirror Master is one of Flash’s main villains that has yet to appear on the TV show. One of the final Rogues we’re all waiting for. I’m willing to bet solid money that we will see Mirror Master in season 2. I wouldn’t do an origin story. Just have Mirror Master show up already equipped with his mirror gear.
How: Dr. Light is already mentioned in the Arrow episode “The Man Under the Hood”. Caitlin Snow and Cisco Ramon find a light-based weapon designed by him and use it to halt Deathstroke, explaining that Light is a former employee of S.T.A.R. Labs, fired two years prior “because he was a psycho”. So now that Light is established, it’s just a matter of him coming back for revenge on S.T.A.R. Labs which leads into a conflict with the Flash. For the TV version, I would keep with the light based technology as weapons
How: This is a story that just writes itself! A psycho ex-girlfriend who just happens to be a meta-human. Do I really need to go into more detail on this one? Just instead of Wally, make it Barry. Simple as that!
How: Someone with Rag Doll’s ability would be an interesting and different type of foe for the Flash to battle. In the battles, you can have Rag Doll twist out of the way of Flash’s attacks. And when the Flash does capture him, you have Rag Doll twist around the Flash to knock him out. Visually, this would be stunning on so many levels.
How: We already had one travel from the future with the Reverse Flash, so why not another? You have him hide as a stage magician. When Abra isn’t on stage, he’s out committing crimes with his future technology. The really interesting part is while Reverse Flash comes the 25th century, Abra comes from the 64th century, so he probably knows a lot more about Barry than Wells ever did.
And I have one bonus characters I really want to see on The Flash…..
Yes, the bowtie. When I was reading Flash as a kid, Barry was always wearing a bowtie. Geoff Johns even made a small joke about it in Flash: Rebirth mini series. To me, Barry’s bowtie is right up there with Green Arrow’s boxing glove arrow. I know more people would like to see the Flash ring, but for me, it’s the bowtie.
Well, that’s my list of characters I hope to see in the upcoming season. But even if the producers don’t use any of the above, that’s not going to stop me from watching The Flash. It’s been an amazing first season and I can’t wait for season 2 to start. September can’t get here fast enough.