The Flash focuses on family drama but finds time for a creepy new foe

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Now that we’re well into the fifth season of The Flash, it’s getting much harder for the creative team to keep the one-off meta-of-the-week stories fresh. The Flash has always had one of the deeper benches in superhero comics as far as colorful villains are concerned, but we’re down to the C-listers now, and most of…

The Flash is trapped in a mental hell maze in this exclusive preview

The Flash has one of the best rogues’ galleries in comics, but how do you find ways to keep these characters fresh? Joshua Williamson has been writing this series for nearly 60 issues, and for his most recent extended storyline, he’s embracing cosmic forces to give Flash’s villains a dramatic power upgrade. The events…

The Flash has a new Big Bad...and a new sidekick with a familiar story

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Kid Flash has left town and the show (at least as a series regular), so why not tell his story all over again? That’s what happens in “Block,” in which Barry once again finds himself mentoring a headstrong, over-eager young speedster who is also a member of the family. The episode hits some familiar beats along the…

The Flash movie lurches forward, though it probably won't hit theaters until 2021

They say slow and steady wins the race, but that hasn’t been easy for the DCEU’s Flash, Ezra Miller, who expressed disappointment last year over the delays that have kept the character’s standalone film at a standstill. Earlier this year, Warner Bros. hired Game Night directors and Spider-Man: Homecoming scribes John…

In the season five premiere, The Flash meets his future daughter

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The fifth season premiere picks up exactly where we left off, with Team Flash celebrating the new addition to the family—a celebration that’s interrupted when another new addition to the family unexpectedly crashes the party. As you no doubt recall from the fourth season finale, this is Nora, future daughter of Barry…

DC is bringing back the "Elseworlds" name for The CW's annual crossover event 

We’ve already heard that The CW is bringing in some big-name characters for the annual crossover of its DC superhero shows, with Lois Lane and Batwoman both making their CW debuts, but today the network announced that the event itself is getting a big name of its own: Elseworlds. For those who don’t follow comics,…

The Flash's team will stretch to make room for another full-time member next season

Another year, another season of The Flash that we wanted to be just a little bit better than it was. Season four did provide slightly more levity than the past couple years, and if you liked the character most responsible for that, then we’ve got some great news for you. (If you didn’t, maybe it’s best to roll with…

Keiynan Lonsdale's Kid Flash is running from both Legends Of Tomorrow and The Flash

Keiynan Lonsdale’s Kid Flash has always been tragically underused on The Flash, save for a few times when Grant Gustin’s Barry Allen was too busy screwing up the timeline to do regular superhero action, so it seemed like the perfect solution when he finally popped up on DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow for its most recent…

The Flash season finale delivers a whirlwind conclusion to the Thinker saga

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We knew it would come down to this in the end: All you need is love. Exactly how that would manifest itself in the fourth season finale “We Are The Flash” is something I never would have been able to predict, and I’m not certain it made any sense at all. But it was fast-paced, exciting, suspenseful, and full-on comic…

Batwoman to make her live-action debut in The CW's next superhero crossover

At a recent convention in Nashville, Arrow star Stephen Amell teased that he’d be making a “really fun announcement” at The CW’s upfront presentation today, and now we know what that announcement is: Batwoman is coming to the next Arrow, Flash, Supergirl, and Legends Of Tomorrow crossover event, and the heroes will be…

The Flash gets the most out of its characters as the Enlightenment approaches

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“Think Fast,” the penultimate episode of this fourth season of The Flash, peaks early with one of the best action/effects sequence in the show’s history. After DeVoe gains entry to an ARGUS black site by posing as John Diggle (I understood everything about this except how he knows the counter-password to “Elvis…

Team Flash acquires an unlikely ally in a subdued outing

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As the fourth season of The Flash approaches its conclusion, “Harry And The Harrisons” is a surprisingly low-key and uncluttered episode this late in the game. The stakes are high, but they feel abstracted: it’s usually a very personal threat at this stage of a Flash season, but this year it’s global. World domination…

The Flash tries to make us care about the Thinker, with limited success

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“Therefore She Is” is a crucial episode for anyone truly invested in the overarching Thinker storyline this season. It provides the backstory and motivation for the season’s villain, and fills in the remaining blanks about the relationship between the DeVoes. For those of us who aren’t terribly invested in that story,…

The Flash and friends spend a filler hour getting in touch with their feelings

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When the writers of The Flash decide to hammer home a theme, they don’t hold back. You could hardly miss it this week: Thinking is overrated, emotions are where it’s at! Now, when you’ve built your season around a villain called the Thinker, this is an obvious direction to take the narrative. As DeVoe becomes more and…

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