‘The Flash’ EP Todd Helbing Talks Season 3’s Villains and More

SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 22: Todd Helbing attends the "The Flash" Video Presentation And Q+A during Comic-Con International 2017 at San Diego Convention Center on July 22, 2017 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

In true IGN fashion, the news source got the most in-depth interview with either of the Helbing brothers regarding the upcoming third season of The Flash. This one (with Todd) answers so many questions I know I and many other people had about certain decisions that have been made about the course of the season. Why another speedster villain? Why won’t Flashpoint last longer than we thought? Why did they finally decide to do the highly-anticipated musical crossover with Supergirl? The answers lie ahead…

This year, we’re being treated to two different Big Bads: Doctor Alchemy (Tobin Bell) and Savitar (Todd Lasance?). While Doctor Alchemy seems like a breath of fresh air, Savitar seems like retreading old ground…so what’s he doing here? Helbing explains:

“If you have another speedster, especially someone like Zoom [Teddy Sears], or Reverse Flash [Tom Cavanagh/Eobard Thawne], you need somebody on an equal level to provide that threat that a lot of these other metas can’t do. … Savitar is more of a psychological villain in a weird way. I think the Hindu word for Savitar means God of Speed; he’s all about speed. Everything about this guy is different. I can’t go into super detail, but he’s not like Zoom or Reverse Flash.”

Moving on to the actual storyline of Flashpoint, Helbing points out that the Reverse Flash (his favorite villain, by the way) will play a similar role to the version of the character in the comic book storyline. However, despite the comic book version lasting a total of 61 issues, the show’s version will end well before the mega four-show crossover in the winter. Helbing likened Flashpoint to last year’s Earth-2 arc to clarify:

“Much like in the Earth-2 episodes, they were fun, a lot of fun, I loved both of those episodes, but we couldn’t do a whole half-season in Earth-2. In the same regard, I don’t think it would be the best version of the show if we did half the season — almost the whole season — in Flashpoint. That said, the things that Barry [Grant Gustin] changed in the timeline really do ripple throughout the whole season. And that’s really the depth I can go into. It’ll all make sense after you watch the episode.”

Speaking of crossovers, fans went nuts when it was revealed last week at the The CW’s Television Critics Association panel that The Flash would crossover with Supergirl for a two-part musical extravaganza. Just a few months ago when Barry and Kara (Melissa Benoist) first met, it seemed like nothing more than a pipe dream. Were we being intentionally mislead? Here’s what Helbing had to say:

“I know Greg [Berlanti] is very close to this story. He’s been thinking about it — I don’t know how long, probably not just yesterday, you know what I’m saying? He’s been percolating. Seeing Jesse [L. Martin] sing, seeing Grant sing, it’s just one of those — like whoa, we can totally pull this off. I don’t know why we wouldn’t do this. Let’s go for it. This year in general we’re really swinging for the fences.”

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