During a roundtable interview with reporters yesterday, The Flash executive producer Andrew Kreisberg revealed that Kevin Smith's forthcoming episode of the series will have more in common with his films than just an appearance by Jay Mewes.
"There is one scene in there that is literally a scene out of a Kevin Smith movie," Kreisberg said yesterday following a screening of tonight's episode.
He didn't elaborate which one, but the most likely scenario seems to be either one of the "sitting around talking about pop culture" moments, or maybe a character crashing his head through a wall and scaring people on the other side, a la Mallrats.
Kreisberg added that Smith's affection for The Flash was evident, and it helped shape a great episode. "Kevin is such a fan of this show, in a way that humbles me beyond my wildest expectations. To think about how often I quote his movies, and how he was who I wanted to be when I was in college, and to sit in a room with him and have him speak about this show so lovingly, intelligently and deeply, he didn’t approach this in the way of, 'Well, here’s my chance to put my stamp on it,' or 'Here’s my chance to Clerks-ify it.' His biggest drive was just to not mess it up because he’s such a fan. There was a reverence and an awe in how he approached everything. Usually, there’s a lot that goes on in editing, but this was an episode that we watched and gave very few notes and just said, 'Go with God,' because it came out so great.”
“He’s achieved so much, and for many of us whose comedy goes in that direction, we love him,” added series star Tom Cavanagh of the filmmaker, who has expressed a desire to return for more episodes in Season Three. “We love the fact that he is such a fan of this and is so knowledgeable about it. As a person, to watch somebody who has accomplished so much, come onto the set with such humility, it’s rare. Some people see accomplishments as power. For Kevin, it didn’t seem that any of that mattered. What mattered was the day and the fact that we were doing what we loved. The first time Grant [Gustin] showed up in that suit, it was incredible to watch Kevin. He was like, 'I just can’t believe this is in front of me! Guys, isn’t this amazing?!' After lunch, he said, 'I know it’s lame that I’m saying this in front of 45 grown men and women, but I think it’s amazing that we get to do what we love.' Our script supervisor is incredibly knowledgeable and is very good about stuff that needs to be done or that might be missing, and Kevin gave her credit for directing the episode. It didn’t seem false. It seemed like he felt someone needed to get credit. He would single different individuals out. His demeanor on set was unlike most. You rarely get that experience. Jesse Martin said, 'I always feel like I’m energized about The Flash, but I feel like I’m completely reinvigorated just being around that man for eight shooting days,' and I think all of us felt that way. It’s rare that you see that kind of enthusiasm and gratitude. Kevin Smith proceeds from gratitude. A set is the kind of place that outs you as a person. You can be a certain way, but after 17-hour days for four months, your true personality will come out. Kevin Smith is a good human being. He’s incredible, and he’s incredible to work with.”
The Flash airs on Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.