Executive producer of The Flash Andrew Kreisberg revealed the news Saturday during CW’s DC TV panel at PaleyFest.
The current season has been a marked improvement over the strange detours of season two, so confidence in The Flash Season 4 is pretty high around these parts, and obviously just as high at the CW. The show has been a consistent ratings performer since its debut, and even though the usual latter-season dips are making their presence known in the ratings, it remains one of the CW’s strongest efforts.
While there are obviously aren’t going to be any major details about this for a while, we know one thing about next year: the villain will be something a little different from what we’ve had so far. “Next season we’re not going to have a speedster as the main bad guy,” executive producer Andrew Kreisberg told the crowd at Paleyfest in Los Angeles.
For show’s entire run thus far, every season has been focused around a speedster as a villain, beginning with Reverse-Flash (Tom Cavanagh/Matt Letscher) in season one, continuing with Zoom (Teddy Sears) in season two and mysterious god of speed Savitar (Andre Tricoteux) in season three. Viewers clearly seem ready for a new chapter in the Flash mythology when it comes to the season-long villain arc, but Kreisberg claimed that Savitar was the right villain for the current story.
“With Savitar, we know who he is, and we’ve been planning this for a while,” said Kreisberg. “The first two seasons were about having fun with his powers, and this season for Barry [Gustin] is really about the pitfalls of having powers, and that’s the story we wanted to tell. That’s why Savitar was the perfect villain for that story.”
Flash-Supergirl musical Crossover
But before the Flash producers can look ahead to the already-announced fourth season, they first have to focus on the upcoming musical crossover with Supergirl, which begins Monday on Supergirl and wraps Tuesday with The Flash.
“It’s like a gimmick episode,” said Kreisberg. “The person who did those episodes the best was Joss Whedon [with Buffy the Vampire Slayer]. You think of ‘Hush’ or ‘The Body’ or ‘Once More, With Feeling.’ The best thing about those episodes were that they didn’t stop the ongoing narrative of the season. Those episodes really spoke to what the characters were going through.”
“We set it up so that, on Supergirl and The Flash, both Barry and Kara [Melissa Benoist] would be at a romantic crossroads,” he added. “They’re at the same place, essentially, so they can go on this journey together to get back the love they think they lost or not.”
Supergirl airs Mondays at 8 p.m., The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m., Arrow airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. and Legends of Tomorrow airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. on The CW.[ Time in UTC -5.00]