Did you know the most recent episode of The Flash was directed by H.R. Wells himself? Going in, actor Tom Cavanagh had directed episodes for his past TV show Ed, but apparently working The Flash is a completely different beast. Here's what Cavanagh had to say regarding his latest directorial romp for "The Once and Future Flash."
I read that entire thing imagining H.R. twirling a drumstick and chugging coffee between sentences, and I'm not mad about it. Tom Cavanagh is not exaggerating when he speaks to the limiting challenges of directing The Flash. His episode alone featured Iris coping with death, some time travel, a villain takedown, and two versions of Barry Allen on screen at once. He did a fantastic job with it, but it's certainly a lot of plot to juggle. Perhaps Cavanagh is being a bit hyperbolic to E! Online when he says the show is an 8-day shoot that requires 10, but he's not the first to talk about the breakneck speed at which these CW hero shows are made. Can you imagine if these shows were given the opportunity to film in a more relaxed and open-ended schedule?
I'm sure there would be a sacrifice in the consistency of episodes every couple of weeks, but perhaps having more time to shoot would provide a brilliant man like Tom Cavanagh the opportunity to craft a sequence that doesn't feature 15 seconds of fast-running via CGI? As Cavanagh states, the spectacle is a big part of the comic book ethos, and we're all certainly not tuning in for a 20-minute talk between Barry and Iris as she cries about her potential death -- we want action! I don't by any means hate all the CGI sequences The Flash team creates, but I wonder how my future children will perceive the moments that even I think are less than stellar. Perhaps given the extra days for filming would allow for more time for effects wizards to add a really solid polish to those digital-heavy scenes. Or perhaps directors would be allowed to conceive big scenes in a way that limits the prolonged CGI use.
After seeing Tom Cavanagh's first shot at directing The Flash, I'm ready to see him tackle some more episodes! As stressful as it seemed to be, he really reigned in all the important aspects of the show and delivered what I thought was the best episode of Season 3 to date. The next episode will have the Savitar-revealing opportunity to prove me wrong, as The Flash is all new on May 2nd at 8 p.m. on The CW. To see what else is coming Tuesday and beyond, be sure to reference our summer premiere schedule for all new and returning shows, and see what's being renewed and canceled on our renewal guide.
Mick likes good television, but also reality television. He grew up on Star Wars, DC, Marvel, and pro wrestling and loves to discuss and dissect most of it. He’s been writing online for over a decade and never dreamed he’d be in the position he is today.
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