Despite being a super fan of DC Comics characters, Kevin Smith has not really had the opportunity to work with their iconic heroes outside of the comic book realm itself. Sure, there was the Tim Burton directed Superman Lives, which Smith penned the script for and came this close to entering principal photography back in the 1990’s, but it is baffling to think that nothing else has materialized since.
That all changes next week when an episode of The Flash, directed by Smith himself, hits the airwaves. Titled “The Runaway Dinosaur,” this outing looks like it picks up where last night’s episode left off as the team utilizes Cisco’s “vibing” abilities to locate Barry Allen in whatever reality he may be trapped in. With the enlistment of the highest profile director to work on the series to date, something tells me this may be a superhero/science fiction tour-de-force.
Keen-eyed fans no doubt noticed the speed force passing through Wally West and Jesse Quick after the particle accelerator fiasco near the end of last night’s episode. One has to wonder if they will start to exhibit powers comparable to Barry’s before the season is finished. We all know both will eventually become speedsters in their own right, but I would not be surprised if Wally doesn’t don his Kid Flash costume until next season.
For more information, check out the official synopsis below:
With Barry (Grant Gustin) gone, the team must figure out a way to handle the return of an old enemy – Girder (guest star Greg Finley). Realizing Girder is retracing his steps from his last attack, Iris (Candice Patton) volunteers to act as bait to trap him in S.T.A.R. Labs. Meanwhile, Barry fights to return to his old life. Kevin Smith directed the episode written by Zack Stentz (#221). Original airdate 5/10/2016.
The Flash airs Tuesday nights at 8:00 pm EST on The CW.