Last night on episode two of The Flash season four “Mixed Signals”, we saw the debut of Barry’s new suit. Cisco really put all the bells and whistles into this, and we break them all down for you below.
The new suit is six months in the making, and Cisco has been hard at work ever since Barry entered the speed force at the end of last season. It definitely paid off, as the new suit rivals the Ironman Mark-VII.
The funniest part about the suit was the giant instruction manual that Cisco gave Barry to read. Barry looks at it and says “Yeaaay” in that sarcastic, kid tone of voice, and simply puts it on the table. It would have taken him literally 2 seconds to speed read the thing, but his “yeah, whatever” reaction really tied into the reborn Flash mentality that Barry is presenting after returning.
The most interesting thing that stands out is the Pulse Cannon. This is a Repulsor Blast type of weapon that lets Barry shoot the speed force right at enemies. Unfortunately, the first one to take the brunt of it was Wally thanks to Kilg%re – this week’s villain. In addition to the pulse cannon, Barry is able to target enemies with an all-new tracking system as well. I liked how they debuted a lot of the features, as it was done as result of the suit being hacked by Kilg%re.
In The Flash, Kilg%re is a meta-human that can control everything technological. Of course, Barry didn’t turn out too well at first with all that high-end tech in his new suit at first. Kilg%re is able to stop Barry from moving by controlling the suit. He disabled the communications system, but Barry got away before Kilg%re could turn the suit’s built-in defibrillator to kill him. This is where the fun stuff started.
Once Barry got away, he was free from Kilg%re’s control. Unfortunately, the tech in the suit started to malfunction. As a result, all of the suit’s abilities started to manifest themselves. It’s clear that Cisco was thinking outside the box when he created the suit, because there is now a flotation device installed in the suit. This causes Barry’s suit to expand in a balloon form. Cisco noted that it was in case Barry passed out while running on water. Of course, his humorous acknowledgement that an Oxygen tank would have been better only added to the moment.
Once the suit came back to normal, the Deathlock ability was activated. This ensured that nobody was unable to unmask Barry if he was knocked out and reveal his identity. This essentially locked Barry inside his suit, which was unfortunate due to what happened next- The Babel Protocol was activated. Now, unlike the comics, the Babel Protocol is a self-destruct mechanism. Being unable to get out of the suit because of the Deathlock, Barry was forced to hurl a lightning bolt at himself in order to short out the suit’s technology and reset it. In the comics, the Babel Protocol showed ways to kill every member of the Justice League that Batman kept in case of emergencies. Unfortunately, this didn’t turn out too well. The CW has made a habit of making nods to the DC comics, and this was a pretty obvious one.
As you can see from the image, there were a few other features installed in the suit as well. You can see listed that there is a navigation system, fire suppression system, temperature control and something called R-SK8S. Now, this looks like roller skates, and admittedly caught me off guard. Why The Flash would need roller skates is beyond me, but they weren’t shown so we’re unfortunately left to our own imagination on this one.
The best part of the entire suit, and perhaps the biggest nod to the Ironman suit, is its AI voice. You can hear Cisco’s voice as the voice of the suit, essentially making him Barry’s Jarvis. There will most likely be more that we haven’t seen listed yet, and hopefully they are on display in the show. The show’s producers have indicated that Barry will have a new power this year that is supposed to be really cool. Let us know what you think it is below.