EXCLUSIVE The Flash Clip: Are Barry and Patty Tracking King Shark?

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The CW has provided ComicBook.com with an exclusive clip from tonight's episode of The Flash -- and it's a potential game-changer in a couple of ways.

Not only are Barry and Patty taking their whole adorkable thing to the next level, and building up their professional relationship in the course of it...but they seem to be teasing a major DC villain who would be really hard to do on television.

That's right: Barry and Patty are working together...and did they just drop a King Shark reference? We know The Flash pulled off Grodd (and he's coming back!), but could we really be seeing a man-shark on the show anytime soon? That's a whole 'nother level of creepy anthropomorphized animal-villains.

King Shark, for those not in the know, is a humanoid shark-man. In the pre-Flashpoint continuity he resembled a Great White, but more recently he's been depicted as a mutated hammerhead shark. Originally a Superboy villain, he was implied to have been descended from the Wild Men of Kamandi fame (his creator, Karl Kesel, was a big Jack Kirby fan). He would later go on to trouble everyone from Jimmy Olsen to Aquaman, and has served stints in the Suicide Squad and Secret Six. King Shark was rumored to be one of the characters in the Suicide Squad movie for a time.

At any rate, check out the clip below, along with the official description for tonight's episode, titled "The Fury of Firestorm."

INTRODUCING FIRESTORM — Barry (Grant Gustin) and the team look for another Firestorm match for Dr. Stein (Victor Garber). When the team meets Jefferson “Jax” Jackson (guest star Franz Drameh), Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) has her reservations about whether Jax is the right match for Dr. Stein. Iris (Candice Patton) surprises Joe (Jesse L. Martin) while Barry and Patty (guest star Shantel VanSanten) grow closer. Stefan Pleszczynski directed the episode written by Kai Yu Wu & Joe Peracchio (#204).

The episode airs tonight at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.