It's been a week since New York Comic Con, and while we're all already starting to focus on the next big event (Star Wars tickets go on sale Monday!), fans of The Flash were pretty excited to get a couple of minutes of an action-packed sizzle reel at the show last weekend.
And it wasn't without its reveals: like the Arrow reel, yes, a lot of it was footage that's already been on TV or at least seen...but there was still plenty to learn.
So...what were our big takeaways? Read on...!
The Flash airs Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.
We got a quick look at actor Victor Garber, enveloped in a blue flame and looking like he was in pain, or terrified, or both.
This week on The Flash, we saw him having some trouble that seemed likely related to the loss of his partner Ronnie Raymond and the "death" of Firestorm.
There was some blue flame which, considering the prevalence of blue energy in Zoom's speed force and in the breaches into the multiverse, could be construed as some kind of corrosive energy...
...or it could be something worse.
During 2010's Blackest Night event, the then-dead Ronnie Raymond came "back to life" as a member of the Black Lantern Corps and waged war on humankind alongside his fellow Black Lanterns.
Interestingly for this conversation, Firestorm's flames presented themselves as being blue/black as Deathstorm.
Upon encountering the new Firestorm, Jason Rusch, Black Lantern Ronnie attacked his girlfriend. Jason tried to pull Black Lantern Firestorm away from her, only to end up fusing with him. Ronnie, who didn't have the scientific knowledge required to use Firestorm's transmutation powers without help, used Jason's captive mind to turn the Deathstorm form into a deadly, evil version of Firestorm's worst self.
Later, Deathstorm would separate himself from both Ronnie and Jason and come back as the first Black Lantern to rise on his own, without his former "self." He would recur as a threat for a long while. He explains later that he's kind of death personified, filtered through the Firestorm matrix.
In the post-Flashpoint universe, Professor Stein was Deathstorm. Born on Earth-3, he was contracted to battle the Crime Syndicate, a brutal, alternate-Earth version of the Justice League, but instead experimented on himself, transforming himself into the being.
How could they twist the story for the TV show? Could he be haunted by "echoes" of Ronnie Raymond, or could he have been experimenting on himself to try and restore the Firestorm matrix since Ronnie's disappearance?
We'll see soon, as it seems we'll be picking up from Stein's feinting spell next week.
There are a few new, unrecognizable metas in the trailer -- or at least Earth-2 residents. One is the man pictured above, Tokomak, played by actor Demore Barnes.
There's another who we see NOT demonstrating his powers and being confronted by Zoom.
We assume there's a few more that we missed in background of shots and things, too...!
We got our first peek of the previously-announced Doctor Light, presumably the Kimiyo Hoshi version of the character, who appears in the sizzle reel. We still don't know who's playing the character, and apparently The CW wants to keep it as a surprise since her identity wasn't revealed in a recent episode synopsis that includes the character.
First referenced in the Arrow episode “The Man Under the Hood,” Dr. Light in this instance will be the female version of the legacy hero/villain.
The "classic" Doctor Light is a villain named Arthur Light who troubled The Flash, the Teen Titans and other DC heroes. Eventually a female version was introduced named Kimiyo Hoshi, who was a hero and served on the Justice League International.
In the New 52, the pair were revealed to be married -- although Kimiyo hasn't yet appeared as Dr. Light in the new continuity.
Prior to the relaunch, Arthur Light had become one of DC's most controversial characters, loathed by fans for his role as a rapist in the best-selling miniseries Identity Crisis.
We get to see not only our first look at Vandal Savage in this teaser, but also a look at what appears to be Hawkgirl working at Jitters (or at least borrowing a shirt from there) and introducing herself to somebody on the cast. Based on the jacket, it seems likely it's either Barry or Professor Stein.
In any event, our first look at Kendra Saunders features a grand total of zero wings...!
We get a clear look at Zoom which seems to show him looking more than ever like the Black Flash. He's got a kind of funky, stringy thing going on around his mouth and no clear facial features, plus a Flash logo on his chest that resembles Barry's.
In fact, his whole costume kind of looks like Barry's, other than being black, which has led some fans to question whether the Earth-2 Barry Allen might actually BE Zoom.
In any event, we also get a look at Legends of Tomorrow big bad Vandal Savage, the immortal who will be causing trouble for time-travelers next year on the spinoff.