Warner Bros. Television presidents Susan Rovner and Brett Paul revealed in a conference call how to the coronavirus pandemic could affect shows like Grant Gustin’s The Flash.
The coronavirus has caused every facet of the entertainment world to go on an unprecedented pause. While things around the world are looking better, there’s still a few ways to go before studios like Warner Bros. feel comfortable letting production on their shows resume. For when the time to open up and resume production does come, the Warner Bros. presidents highlighted on a conference call on Wednesday how shows like The Flash could be affected and change.
Variety reports that the conference call from the Warner Bros. Television presidents highlighted that love scenes may have to come to an end as actors may not feel comfortable being in such close contact to another. This would also affect intimate scenes as well, which could prove trifling for characters who are engaged in relationships, such as Grant Gustin’s Barry Allen.
Another change that will have to come that directly reflects the action roots of The Flash will be modified stunts. Paul stated that stunts that involve “hand to hand, face to face, requiring physical contact” will have to most likely go. Larger stunts, such as those that take place six feet away should be okay. The Warner Bros. Television presidents are completely aware of how difficult this will be for showrunners when conceiving their stories and action sequences. Rovner did have some important words to say that they’re sympathetic towards the fact but it wouldn’t be “business as usual” on a show like Grant Gustin’s The Flash.
“Now we want to be really clear, no one is dictating that the Flash should now talk down bad guys from his bedroom via Zoom. That would be a terrible, terrible episode of ‘The Flash,’ But we are saying there are going to be very real challenges ahead, and it is not business as usual.”
Changes such as these are are tough but absolutely needed if production should continue on a high-caliber sow like The Flash. Until a vaccine is created, productions will be forced to reevaluate how they go forward and make stricter changes. For example, each set will require workers to wear gloves, gowns, and face masks except for the actors. It’s necessary but soon enough, if the curve is flattened enough, we’ll return to a sense of normalcy soon enough.
What are your thoughts on these changes coming from Warner Bros. Television? Are you excited to see Grant Gustin’s The Flash return? Comment below and let us know!
The Flash continues this Tuesday with the episode titled “Pay the Piper” and you can read the official synopsis below:
GODSPEED AND PIED PIPER RETURN – When Godspeed returns, Barry (Grant Gustin) turns to Hartley Rathaway (guest star Andy Mientus) for help. However, things get tense quickly after Barry realizes one of the changes from Crisis is that The Flash and Pied Piper are now enemies. Meanwhile, Iris (Candice Patton) tries to escape the Mirrorverse. Amanda Tapping directed the episode written by Jess Carson (#618).
The Flash stars Grant Gustin as Barry Allen, 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. ET on The CW.
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