A major part of the characters on The Flash has suited up as superheroes (or even better supervillains) at some time, but Iris West is one exception. She has been a key member of Team Flash without a super-suit or superpowers. But that is soon to change as she will don a new super-suit which is friction-proof in a future Flash episode.
Iris West is finally getting a Super-Suit, but how will this happen?
No, it’s not a joke. Iris West will suit in an episode that is set to air later this year. She’ll be hitting the streets of Central City as its newest speedster protector, but fans shouldn’t get too attached to the prospect of another superpowered member of the team. Her role as a superpowered hero will be temporary. Even though there aren’t a lot of details about it, from set photos we can see that the suit is mostly made of black leather with one large patch on the front along with a domino mask to conceal her identity. EW reports that the episode with Iris as a speedster will air sometime in March.
So, for now, all we have guaranteed is that Iris will have temporary superspeed abilities for at least one episode in the second half of Season 4 of The Flash. But the big question the fans have been asking is how will she get the power to run at super speed all of the sudden. As we know she wasn’t affected by the particle accelerator or given powers after the Flashpoint timeline.
The most straightforward, and most likely way that she will gain temporary superspeed powers through some kind of serum or technology. Eliza Harmon set a precedent for artificial superspeed back in Season 2 when she used Velocity 9 to become Trajectory. Hunter Zolomon used the Velocity drug as well. While we hope Iris won’t go down the same villainous footsteps of Zolomon or Trajectory with the use of Velocity, perhaps Caitlin will manage to concoct a version of the serum that increases the speed, but has none of the side-effects, as long as its used for a brief span of time.
If Iris does deliberately gain her powers through the means of a serum or technology, we need to ask why. It is highly unlikely that The Flash will leave Barry locked up in Iron Heights for the next month, so the team won’t be in a dire need of a speedster. Then again, Barry is getting in trouble all on his own in prison and may not feel inclined to leave unless he is fully exonerated of the killing of the Thinker. Wally will presumably away with the Legends, and the other members of the team already have their own set of superpowers. If somebody needs to be transformed into a speedster, Iris would be the logical choice. But who knows. Maybe the Iris we see suit up is an Iris from another Earth.
We’ll have to wait and see. New episodes of The Flash air on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on The CW. The show is already dealing with the plots of Barry in prison, the Thinker on the loose, and a mysterious woman who may or may not be Barry and Iris’ kid from the future. We’re probably in for a wild ride for the rest of Season 4. If you’re still in the market for other shows in primetime, be sure to take a peek at our midseason TV premiere guide.