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There was a “Champions of Justice” (the Justice League group of titles) panel on Friday at San Diego Comic-Con, and Flash writers Robert Venditti and Van Jensen were there, along with DC’s Chief Creative Officer (and producer on the Flash TV series) Geoff Johns. CBR and Newsarama were on hand to cover the event. There are mild spoilers included here, but the creators were seemingly trying not to give away too much information. See more after the cut.
Venditti and Jensen discussed the current storyline on the Flash book, including some talk about plans for Wally West.
As per CBR:
Venditti and Jensen talked about their new take on “The Flash” which shifts between new challenges for Barry Allen in his police department job and a future version of the character who’s losing time due to his powers. “It’s kind of broken him, and now he’s running back in time to try to fix what’s broken in the Speed Force,” Venditti said. The New 52 Wally West is the lynchpin of the story as one of the major failings that the future Flash is trying to fix is the death of the young character. The co-writer added that he felt the connection between the adult Flash and the new Kid Flash adds a unique element to the New 52.
“Wally West is a tremendous character, we’ve had a lot of fun writing. it’s really added a lot to the book,” Venditti said. His death is one of the things Future-Barry wants to fix/prevent. Jensen added, “It combines big superheroics with a heavy scifi element and a lot of smaller character moments, the crime/CSI component, it’s a lot to work in, but it’s all really good stuff.”
A fan asked if Wally would embrace the role of Kid Flash, and Jensen replied “I think you can say that we will see Wally run.”
In respose to a fan question about aspects of the television series leaking into the monthly comic book and vice versa, Johns said “There’s actually one thing going on in the book right now that will happen on the show eventually”, but did not elaborate. Venditti and Jensen said the two properties were fairly separate, although Johns said he’d remind them of what he was talking about after the panel.
More coverage of SDCC news to come.
Check out this new Comic-Con exclusive 30-second preview for the upcoming Flash TV series! It’s a lot of fun, and be sure to look at the police officer’s crossword puzzle — there are several easter egg references to the Flashverse and Arrow (possible hints?). Also note the reference to a DCU character on the billboard.
In other TV news, Candice Patton (Iris West) gave an interview about working on the series.
More news from SDCC coming shortly.
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As of yet there’s hasn’t been much in the way of Flash news out of San Diego Comic-Con. And yet there’s been plenty of new stuff out there recently, mostly regarding the upcoming Flash TV series. The biggest news is at the end, because it’ll be behind a cut for spoilers.
CBR has an interview with Grant Gustin about the costume, some villains, and reading DC Comics for research. There is a major spoiler for the pilot episode contained in this interview.
Video interview with Jesse L. Martin (Joe West) at Access Hollywood about being Barry’s father figure and other aspects of the series.
Plastique is being added to the cast. She joins the list of Firestorm characters who will appear in the series.
Newsarama reports that
On alternating Mondays starting in September, The Flash: Season Zero and Arrow: Season 2.5 will hit digitally. Season Zero is written by Andrew Kreisberg and the FlashTV writers are writing, with art by Phil Hester, Eric Gapstur, and Kelsey Shannon. The series will take place between the pilot and the second episode of the show.
The biggest news is behind a cut. There are spoilers about characters who will appear.
During a question and answer series with Geoff Johns and Greg Berlanti, Johns says that Wally and the Pied Piper will appear in the series.
Geoff Johns: Eventually we’re going to introduce Wally West at some point, so when we reintroduced him in the comic books we’re like “let’s make him black.” That’s what we’re going to do in the show eventually. It’s like one tiny example.
Question: The Sara/Nyssa relationship came up last season on “Arrow” in a really great, fluid way. How much of the sexuality of characters can we expect moving forward either in “Arrow” or “The Flash?”
Geoff Johns: The Pied Piper, he’s a great gay character and we’ve talked about him a lot
Greg Berlanti: We’d like him to be in the first 12 or 13 episodes this year. Also, we have Captain Singh. Singh is in the pilot (played by Patrick Sabongui) but we haven’t dealt with his sexuality but he is gay in the comic book so he’d be on “Flash” as well. [In “The New 52” book series, Singh is actually in a relationship with The Pied Piper] Then, Nyssa and Sarah are still out there in the “Arrow” universe. We’d like to make that a part of both the shows this year.
What do you think? Are you excited about the reveal of Wally and Piper? Anything else?
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