Grant Gustin’s ‘The Flash’ May Have Just Set Up Red Death’s Arrival

The latest episode of The Flash may have set up the introduction of Red Death to the Grant Gustin series.

In the previous season of The Flash, the classic DC Comics villain known as Red Death was mentioned as one of the most deadly foes the Scarlet Speedster ever faced when Grant Gustin’s Barry Allen and Iris were exploring their future daughter Nora’s memories of the future Flash museum. This prompted many fans to believe Red Death was being set up as the main antagonist for the sixth season of The Flash before Bloodwork was officially announced the primary villain. However, the most recent episode of The Flash may have set up a way for the writers of the Grant Gustin series to introduce Red Death.

The episode, titled “The Last Temptation of Barry Allen, Pt. 2”, centered on Grant Gustin’s Barry Allen as he struggled to break free from a mental prison while Bloodwork and the Speed Force vied for control of his emotions. While Bloodwork tempted Grant Gustin’s Barry Allen by offering the Scarlet Speedster a glimpse at the happy and fulfilling life he could have if he injected himself with his Bloodwork powers, it initially appeared as if the young hero had released himself from the villain’s grip and awoke in the real world. However, Iris and the rest of Team Flash quickly realized Grant Gustin’s Barry Allen had been taken over by Bloodwork just before the corrupted Scarlet Speedster headed out to meet up with the villain pulling his strings.

In the comics, Red Death is one of the villainous versions of Batman from the Dark Multiverse who absorbed Barry Allen’s Speed Force, trapping the Scarlet Speedster’s consciousness inside of Bruce Wayne’s body as a result. However, some fans have wondered if The Flash creators would be granted the right to use Bruce Wayne on the Grant Gustin series, but the recent episode may have offered them the opportunity to adapt Red Death for television without needing Batman’s alter-ego. While Grant Gustin’s The Flash is likely to be freed from Bloodwork’s control before the next episode concludes, the corruption of his speed force or potential for him to be controlled by the villain could allow the writers to use the Red Death design without needing to introduce Bruce Wayne to the series.

The Flash continues next week with the episode titled “The Last Temptation of Barry Allen, Pt. 2” and you can read the official synopsis below:

THE EPIC CONCLUSION OF THE TWO-PART MID-SEASON FINALE – With The Flash (Grant Gustin) battling Bloodwork (guest star Sendhil Ramamurthy), Iris (Candice Patton) and Cisco (Carlos Valdes) fight to help Barry take control before he’s lost to Ramsey’s influence. Meanwhile, the rest of Team Flash fight to reclaim Central City from Bloodwork’s growing army. Michael Nankin directed the episode written by Kristen Kim & Joshua V. Gilbert (#608).

The Flash stars Grant Gustin as Barry Allen / The Flash, Candice Patton as Iris West, Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow / Killer Frost, Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon / Vibe, Tom Cavanagh as Harrison Wells, Jesse L. Martin as Joe West, Danielle Nicolet as Cecile Horton, and Hartley Sawyer as Ralph Dibny / Elongated Man.

The Flash airs on Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m. on The CW.

Source: ComicBook.com

New ‘Titans’ Photos Show Off Aqualad And The Original Team

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Titans Aqualad 01DC Universe has released eight brand new images from the upcoming fourth episode of the second season of Titans entitled, "Aqualad".

"Aqualad" will explore the dynamic among Dick Grayson/Robin (Brenton Thwaites), Donna Troy/Wonder Girl (Conor Leslie), Hank Hall/Hawk (Alan Ritchson), Dawn Granger/Dove (Minka Kelly) and Garth/Aqualad (Drew Van Acker) and how four years prior, their tight-knit family dynamic developed only to have their personal feelings bleed more into their work only to be exacerbated by the arrival of a new villain.

These new images give fans a new look at Drew Van Acker as Aqualad as well as a couple of new looks at the original team united together for action. In particular, we get our best look at how the Aqualad suit translates onscreen in live-action form.

You can check out the rest of the gallery for "Aqualad" by clicking "Next".

Here is the official synopsis for season two:

In Season 2, following the aftermath of their encounter with Trigon, Dick reforms the Titans. Under his supervision in their new home at Titans Tower, Rachel, Gar and Jason Todd train together to hone their hero abilities and work together as a team. They are joined by Hank Hall and Dawn Granger aka Hawk and Dove and Donna Troy aka Wonder Girl. Although these original Titans attempt to transition into a regular life, when old enemies resurface everyone must come together to take care of unfinished business. And as this family of old and new Titans – including Conner Kent and Rose Wilson – learn to co-exist, the arrival of Deathstroke brings to light the sins of the old Titans which threaten to tear this new Titans family apart once more.

The series stars Brenton Thwaites as Robin/Nightwing, Anna Diop as Starfire, Teagan Croft as Raven, and Ryan Potter as Beast Boy. Newcomers for its sophomore outing include Joshua Orpin and Esai Morales playing Superboy and Deathstroke, respectively, while Chella Man and Chelsea Zhang have also joined the cast as Deathstroke’s children Jericho and Ravager. Natalie Gumede has signed on to play Mercy Graves and Game of Thrones star Iain Glen is on board as Bruce Wayne.

Titans season two is now airing on DC Universe.

Source: DC Universe

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