The Flash Season 4 Release Date, Premiere Title, Villain Details
The Flash Season 4 is confirmed, so don’t worry about that. The show’s third season was a marked improvement over the strange detours of season two, so confidence in the prospects about The Flash Season 4 runs pretty high around these parts.
The Flash Season 4 Story
The Flash season 4 episode 1 will be called “The Flash Reborn.” This vaguely recalls the title of the comic series that brought Barry Allen back to life, The Flash: Rebirth , although clearly there will be significantly different circumstances here.
Here’s the official synopsis for the season:
Running up against an evil time remnant version of yourself is something no one should ever have to do, but that’s exactly what faced Barry Allen (aka The Flash) as he fought to save the life of fiancée Iris West from the God of Speed known as Savitar.
Barry’s victory was short-lived, however, as an unbalanced Speed Force began to wreak havoc on Central City, forcing Barry to sacrifice himself for the greater good. With The Fastest Man Alive now trapped inside an extra-dimensional energy, and unknown dangers lurking in the shadows, it will be up to Team Flash to free Barry from his own personal Hell.
The Flash Season 4 Release Date
Expect The Flash Season 4 to arrive on Tuesday, October 10 at 8 pm!
The Flash Season 4 Villain
A few months ago, we had our first clue about next year’s big baddie. “Next season we’re not going to have a speedster as the main bad guy,” executive producer Andrew Kreisberg told the crowd at Paley Fest in Los Angeles.
That’s something of a relief. While, of course, season one’s Eobard Thawne, the Reverse-Flash was kind of the gold standard of speedster big bads, Zoom was a little more of a mixed bag during season two. The Savitar storyline continued to unfold during season three, but it’s nice to see that they’re looking to explore other options next year.
So who could that other, non-speedster villain be? Well,
in one key episode , we got a major clue from a minor villain. As Abra Kadabra was being led off to face his fate, Barry tried to appeal to his better nature, begging for information about Savitar. While pointing out that nobody hurt Barry as badly as Savitar will, Kadabra rattled off the names of the villains who have most impacted Barry’s life, including Thawne and Zoom. But there was another name.
Devoe’s name was mentioned again in the season finale, this time by Savitar.
There’s only one Devoe worth mentioning in Flash mythology, and that’s Clifford Devoe, the Thinker. Devoe is traditionally known as more of a Jay Garrick villain, first appearing in All-Flash Comics #12 way back in 1943. He took on both Jay Garrick and the Justice Society numerous times, and he had a quaint (by modern standards) “thinking cap” which allowed him some amplified psionic abilities. But when his physical body died, he became a non-living artificial intelligence with even greater power. It’s easy to imagine a kind of hybridized Clifford Devoe making trouble on the show next year, and if he’s indeed the big baddie of The Flash Season 4, then I imagine the showrunners already have something interesting mapped out for him.
TV Line has now confirmed that Clifford DeVoe is The Flash Season 4 villain. No other info is currently available, but I’m gonna start digging for more details on this myself. In the meantime, there are some other cool hints to consider…
So that takes care of the non-speedster big baddie. But one other villain comes to mind, the problem is, he’s a speedster.
That speed force storm we saw at the end of the episode resembled events from recent Flash comics, and that’s what gave birth to the villainous Godspeed. Something tells me they’ll wait a while before exploring this further, though.
One other thing has been teased a couple of times for later seasons, and it’s the kind of storyline that only makes sense for the latter seasons of a show like this one. I wrote a little bit more about that here , but there are major potential spoilers involved, so go there at your own risk. I suspect this is more of a season five thing, though.