The third season of The Flash has been a tumultuous one for actress Candice Patton’s Iris West. With a future where she is killed by the villainous Savitar on the horizon and a broken engagement behind her, to say Iris has a lot on her mind would be an understatement. In an interview with TVLine, Candice Patton discussed the short-lived engagement between Iris and Barry and offered details on the new type of role she will be playing in the upcoming Flash/Supergirl musical crossover.
Patton explained Iris’ reasoning behind her decision to end her engagement with Barry after it was revealed that he proposed in an attempt to alter the future in which she is killed.
“Say what you will, I think everybody is kind of rooting for ‘WestAllen,’ but I think Iris has a legitimate concern and fear. No woman or man wants to be proposed to out of fear. I mean, to save your life is a huge thing, but you want your marriage to be based in love. So Iris is going to need some time to think about it, if this is the right thing to do.”
Fans who are concerned for the Iris/Barry relationship might be able to rest easy, as Patton clarified that Iris is still in love with Barry.
“Iris isn’t saying that she doesn’t love Barry. She very much does. But she wants the engagement to be everything a woman dreams of — that it’s real and romantic and based in love.
Patton discussed how Barry might want to approach proposing in the future to avoid making the same mistake.
“I think he’s got to be genuine, first of all. Not that he isn’t genuine, but he needs to make Iris assured that obviously he wants to save her but that he wants to be with her because he loves her, and she’s the only person he wants to be with.”
Patton also discussed her role in the upcoming musical crossover with Supergirl.
“We get to see Iris as a completely different character — new name, new everything. Barry is whammied by the Music Meister and both him and Kara are in this dream-like state where they envision a world where… Iris is this fast-talking, brash daughter of a mobster. It’s a wig that we put on, and I was very much inspired by [Dick Tracy‘s] Breathless Mahoney. It’s just fun for us to do something different, because Iris usually has that ‘girl next door’ thing going on. Even the sets we’re in are so glamorous and kind of 1940s-style. It’s really fun.”
While some fans are less than enthusiastic about a musical episode, the past few episode of both The Flash and Supergirl have been relatively heavy and dark. A musical event may provide some much needed relief from the comparatively serious tone of recent episodes, not just for viewers, but for the cast of each show as well.
The Flash airs on Tuesday at 8:00 pm ET on The CW. Be sure to check back with Heroic Hollywood after each episode for weekly reviews!