‘The Flash’ Showrunner Explains Why It Abandoned Speedster Villains

It’s taken three seasons, but we’ll finally be seeing a different kind of main villain on The Flash. Rather than simply a dark mirror of Barry Allen, Season 4 will pit him against the man with the fastest mind in the world: The Thinker. Clifford DeVoe will pose a threat that the Fastest Man Alive can’t simply outrun, and the fans couldn’t be happier about this revelation.

After our first glimpse of The Thinker in the Season 4 premiere, we’re definitely looking forward to seeing more of him. After the Reverse Flash in Season 1, Zoom in Season 2 and Savitar in Season 3, each year Barry was confronted with an enemy who was faster than him; they were also much more experienced with their abilities and were able to do things Barry hadn’t learned yet.

Speaking to comicbook.com, The Flash showrunner, Todd Helbing explained that it wasn’t only the fans who were growing weary at speedster villains:

“I think having Zoom and then followed up by Savitar, you know, I can understand that feeling. It’s because trying to reinvent, you know, like a new power for an evil speedster or what they can do … Like we can’t have it just who’s faster for the entirety of a series.”

A Different Approach Was Necessary

Barry seemed to go through the same character arc in every season: gaining confidence in his powers, discovering that someone was faster than him and then doing everything possible to get fast enough to beat him. While there were different approaches with all of the villains, it was plain to see that Barry needed a different kind of enemy to face. This is where DeVoe comes in.

Though we’ve seen a number of the Flash’s rogues gallery appear as a villain-of-the-week, there are still so many more that could appear. Arguably, we were done a disservice by having Barry confront yet another dark mirror of himself (literally in Savitar’s case). Certain rogues have gone on to appear more than once, The Trickster, Mirror Master and Top are examples of this, but the vast majority were…

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