Monday, March 16, 2015

PaleyFest 2015: The Flash

© Michael Bulbenko for Paley Center for Media
A little boy stood up and recited the the beginning lines of the show:

"My name is Barry Allen and I am the fastest man alive. When I was a child I saw my mother killed by something impossible. My father went to prison for her murder. Then an accident made me the impossible. To the outside world, I'm an ordinary forensic scientist, but secretly I use my speed to fight crime and find others like me. And one day, I'll find who killed my mother and get justice for my father. I am the flash."

He than said, "Grant, you'll always be my Flash," to a standing ovation from the cast and some of the audience. It was moments like these that must have made the cast of The Flash happy they came out for their PaleyFest Panel at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

During the Q&A, Another fan in a Flash shirt said, "I'm not the fastest man alive, not in the same way as him." The audience and this reporter nearly died from laughter. He continued by telling Warner Bros that if they were smart they would put up Grant Austin, The Flash and Amell/Arrow on the big screen with the rest of the Justice League. Fans in the audience couldn't agree more with screams and applause.

The biggest reveals in the panel came toward the end. Executive producer Andrew Kreisberg said, "There's a fairly large comic arc were going to tackle." When asked if they could do something like infinite crisis by the audience.

Kriesberg also revealed, "By the end of the year we will deal with the ramifications, " when asked about the prison for metahumans at Star Labs. He also said that all the elements from the plot will pay off as he was writing the final of the show currently.

When asked about the science of the show by host Aisha Tyler, Kriseberg said, "There's just enough science in there to believe it. The rest is bull sh*t."

She than joked about how hard it would be to have relations with Firestorm, as he is on fire.

"You're going to get answers to that episode soon," Kriesberg said when talking about the Reverse Flash being able to beat up Dr. Harrison.

Dr. Harrison played by Tom Cavanagh was joking about his character to the audience. "Harrison Wells is just a man who wants to go home and if some have to go off this mortal coil..."

Some reveals came early, including that Rick Cosnett who plays Eddie Thawne figured out that Barry likes Iris and isn't happy about it. Thawne also shoots at The Flash. Rick said, "You're going to be so surprised, " when asked about future episodes.

Things continued to not go smoothly for Rick. Actress Candice Patton who plays Iris West will learn that she was being lied to about Barry being The Flash. Candice started saying, "When she finds out the only two men in her life, 'Nice, "Rick interrupted her. They play a couple on the show. Rick than switched seats with producer Kriesberg for a second after being so hurt by Candice's words.

Happier moments included "I'm working with a big monkey," said by Jesse L. Martin who plays Detective Joe West on how it is to work on the show. Martin than joked about how Austin ran like a geek and slight mimicked how Austin runs on the show. "Now that's funny, seeing Grant run," he said.

It was revealed that the Wests would go over why they don't see Mom West in a future episode.

Carlos Valdes, who plays Cisco told the audience, "There's a sanctity to the names." He was questioned on his role of naming all the new villains on the show.

Austin was more of just a humbled and honored guest. He agreed to sing more, a joke about his Glee roots, if it could be justified in the show. He told us that his favorite scenes weren't the action ones, but those with his cast mates Jesse L. Martin and Cavanagh.

The cast joked with the producers and audience about who was feeding the prisoners in the Star Labs prison. "Gunther, you don't know, " Austin was saying. Making up with the rest of his cast that someone named Gunther was feeding people. The producers promised a scene showing how the prisoners were cared for in the future.

With the Flash approved for a second season producers also said there was a possibility of introducing Bart Allen or Wally West. This was a very specific question, so don't to read to into it.

"That’s our hope. If we’re going to be doing something like, we’d do it” said producer Kreisberg