On tonight’s episode of The Flash, Iris West will have to suit up as a speedster superhero when a new meta accidentally swaps her DNA with Barry’s. Following a press screening of the episode, series star Candice Patton and executive producer Todd Helbing discussed Iris’ new role as a superhero and how she will adjust to her abilities.
Patton discussed how she always wanted to see Iris have superpowers but noted that an important part of the character is the fact that she does not need superhuman abilities to help the team:
“I did. I always thought it would be cool for fans and for the show to see her suit up for an episode. I never wanted it to be a thing, where Iris became a superhero on The Flash. We’ve got enough superheroes, and that’s just not who Iris is. The most important thing about who Iris is, as a character, is that she’s a hero, in her own right, without any superpowers. She uses her heart, her intellect, and her street smarts to help the team. It appeals to the audience that we, ourselves as human beings, every day, can be heroes in our own lives. We don’t need superpowers and we don’t need to get struck by lightning tomorrow to do something important. Iris illuminates that, on the show.”
Hebling commented on how Iris will learn about her abilities differently from Barry:
“It’s different because we knew that we were gonna do it in one episode, so it’s not like she can go throw all of the trials and tribulations that Barry went through. We knew that we wanted her to do something Barry had never done before. Using everything that she’s learned in the past, plus with Barry’s expertise, they could do something different. We really wanted to have this dynamic where, when they flop places, she gets to know what it’s like for Barry, every time he goes out there, and Barry gets to know what it’s like for her.”
On the topic of Iris’ superhero costume, Patton explained that she did have some input on the shoes:
“Not much, no. I did fight for the shoes. I call them the David Bowie shoes. They didn’t want me to have them because they were like, ‘I don’t know if it’s safe, or if you’ll slide in those.’ I was like, ‘Have you seen me walking through S.T.A.R. Labs, in the heels that I wear? I can run in a low heel like that.’ They were the coolest shoes I’ve ever seen.”
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The Flash airs on Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. ET on The CW.
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