The Flash Season 4 is set to debut next week with the series introducing a new villain - one who is not a Speedster - with The Thinkerer (played by Neil Sandilands).
EW.com caught up with series EP Andrew Kreisberg who spilled details on the villain and the premiere episode, which is changed from "Rebirth" to "The Flash Reborn."
It’s been interesting because none of us are geniuses, so it’s been interesting putting all of our writer brains together to come up with something that is worthy of somebody who is supposed to be the world’s fastest mind. Last season, by the back half of the season, we really zeroed in on Savitar and his motivations and whatnot, but I think early on in the season, it wasn’t as clear to us, and I think that showed on screen. This season, we worked really, really hard to really understand what the Thinker wants, and why he’s doing it, and how he’s going about it. As you’re watching these first episodes you really see that there’s a chess match going on. In the beginning, our guys don’t even realize that they’re playing against him, but then you watch as they’re realizing that somebody is manipulating events and pulling the strings, watching them move and countermove in episodes as it’s all building to a big confrontation.
Regarding the episode title change, Kreisberg offers he didn't want fans to assume it was the comic book storyline, and he also teases what's to come for The Flash Season 4.
Yeah, we’re not doing Rebirth based on that title. We were actually going to call it Rebirth, and then realized everybody was going to think we were doing Rebirth, which is why we changed it to “The Flash Reborn.” These first three years were really about growing up and now they’re all adults, which is both good and bad. They’ve all become pretty expert at what they do and they’re not as wide-eyed about everything that’s happening to them. For Barry and Iris, they are finally going to get married this season and then it’s going to be: Can they stay married with everything that’s coming up against them?
Furthe details about Barry and Iris's wedding can be found with the newly announced crossover Crisis On Earth X.
The Flash Season 4 premiers Tuesday, October 10th at 8pm ET starring Grant Gustin. New cast additions include Sugar Lyn Beard as Hazard; Hartley Sawyer as the Elongated Man; Neil Sandilands as the villain, The Thinker; Kim Engelbrecht as The Mechanic, The Thinker's right hand, and Danny Trejo plays the Earth-19 bounty hunter Breacher and father to Gypsy.
"The Flash Reborn" synopsis:
COMING HOME — With Barry (Grant Gustin) in the speed force, Iris (Candice Patton), Kid Flash (Keiynan Lonsdale), Joe (Jesse L. Martin) and Vibe (Carlos Valdes) have taken over protecting Central City. However, when a powerful armored villain threatens to level the city if The Flash doesn’t appear, Cisco makes a risky decision to break Barry out of the speed force. However, the Barry that comes out isn’t the same Barry that went in. Glen Winter directed the episode with story by Andrew Kreisberg and teleplay by Todd Helbing & Eric Wallace (401). Original airdate 10/10/2017.