The Flash will tackle current political climate in season 7 storyline

The Flash is drawing on current events with a new storyline for Joe West (Jesse L. Martin) in its upcoming seventh season.

The Flash is taking a different approach with its upcoming seventh season, and personally, I think that is a commendable move on the network’s part. Taking inspiration from the global Black Lives Matter movement that emerged this summer, the series is writing a new arc for Joe West (Jesse L. Martin).

The CW has never shied away from getting into political and societal issues, as we’ve seen on shows like Black Lightning. That series tackles police brutality, racism and civil unrest. So to me, it makes perfect sense that some of that is now trickling into The Flash.

Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, showrunner Eric Wallace touches on the plans for Joe’s story in season 7, and why they felt it was important for it to reflect current events:

Joe’s story line this season is inspired by the societal changes happening in today’s world. Because with everything we’re all waking up to each day in 2020, I felt there was a great opportunity here — even within our fantastical, family-oriented show — to comment indirectly on truths folks could easily recognize. And do so in an entertaining way.

We don’t know exactly what the new plotline will entail, and Wallace wasn’t willing to share much. However, he does promise that it will have a superhero twist to it. “Joe gets challenged by the events of the world that are going on nowadays. Of course, in a sci-fi superhero way, because we’re on a superhero show. And he really rises up.”

Given that Joe is a cop, we can imagine that his storyline will deal with the issues of police violence that have been widely discussed in the news these past few months. I’m honestly very excited about this: bravo, The Flash!

And while we’re talking about politics (sort of), The CW recently released a non-partisan voting campaign urging people to get out there and cast their votes on Election Day. Grant Gustin (the Flash), Brec Bassinger (Stargirl), Candice Patton (Iris West), and Bitsie Tulloch (Lois Lane) are just some of The CW stars reminding viewers that, “Voting is YOUR super power.”

The short 30-second video is not directed towards any specific candidate. The goal is simply to encourage voters to do their part and let their voices be heard for this year’s Presidential election.

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