The Flash: Panabaker Needs "Speed Force" to Demo Killer Frost Process

Earlier this week, fans of The CW's The Flash were treated to the first official trailer for the long-running series' post-"Armageddon" return that finds Bart Allen aka Impulse (Jordan Fisher) and Nora West-Allen aka XS (Jessica Parker Kennedy) heading back to 2014 to fix some timey-wimey stuff. What that means is a visit to their dad Barry's (Grant Gustin) past as they see the "Journey" he took to become a hero. And along the way? Yup, as was ten-ton-hinted at in the midseason finale, they're going to be running into Eddie Thawne (Rick Cosnett). And let's not forget that metahuman villain Goldface (Damon Poitier) makes a return (and yet, no sign of Robbie Amell… yet). So with the buzz surrounding The Scarlet Speedster starting to build, Danielle Panabaker aka Caitlin/Killer Frost is offering fans a unique & eye-opening behind-the-scenes perspective on how the magic makes from the set to the screen.

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In the following Instagram post, Panabaker uses a little real-life "speed force" to share a time-lapsed video of what it takes to become Killer Frost for the small screen. And while we would like to think we knew it took a while, seeing it play out like this definitely gives us a better (and more personal) perspective on what Panabaker and others go through just to start the day.

With The CW's The Flash set to return for the aftermath of a post-"Armageddon" eighth season on March 9th, check out the official trailer "Journey"- where saving the day takes a moment. But being a hero? That takes a lifetime…

Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) lived a normal life as a perpetually tardy C.S.I. in the Central City Police Department. But his life changed forever when the S.T.A.R. Labs Particle Accelerator exploded, creating a dark-matter lightning storm that struck Barry… bestowing him with superspeed and making him the fastest man alive — The Flash. After stopping the Godspeed War last season, it's six months later and Barry and Iris West-Allen (Candice Patton) are now at the top of their game—both in their careers as superhero and reporter and as a devoted couple. But when the powerful alien Despero unleashes near annihilation on Central City, The Flash and his team—Caitlin Snow/Frost (Danielle Panabaker), Meta-Empath Cecile Horton (Danielle Nicolet), the light-powered meta Allegra Garcia (Kayla Compton), brilliant tech-nerd Chester P. Runk (Brandon McKnight) and retired detective Joe West (Jesse L. Martin)—must once again defy impossible odds to save the day. But their victory is short-lived as two new threats rise from the ashes of "Armageddon," one of which will unleash unforeseen horrors into the lives of Barry and his teammates… and change Team Flash forever.

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And speaking of the upcoming series return, we learned that Mika Abdalla (Project Mc², Sex Appeal) would be joining the cast this season in the role of Tinya Wazzo. The reluctant meta-teenager finds their life turned upside down after years of successfully hiding in plain sight when she becomes the subject of Iris West-Allen's (Candice Patton) latest investigation for CC Citizen Media. Soon, Wazzo is thrust into a dangerous world she never knew existed—one that will change her life forever. So why is this important? Because while Abdalla's Wazzo has no superhero designation at this time, the character has quite a history on the DC Comics side. Wazzo is known as Phantom Girl (and also Apparition, depending on where you are with DC's 183 timeline reboots and readjustments), a member of the Legion of Super-Heroes from the far-flung 30th & 31st centuries. Again, there's nothing on the Arrowverse side to signal the debut of the Legion any time soon, but it's definitely something worth staying tuned over.

The CW's The Flash stars Grant Gustin as Barry Allen/The Flash, Candice Patton as Iris West-Allen, Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow/Killer Frost, Danielle Nicolet as Cecile Horton, Kayla Compton as Allegra Garcia, and Brandon McKnight as Chester P. Runk, with Jesse L. Martin as Detective Joe West. Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, and Eric Wallace executive produce. Produced by Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television.

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Ray FlookAbout Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.
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