Grant Gustin teases Barry Allen’s new bulked-up look in The Flash season 7 with a post on social media. Stephen Amell’s Oliver Queen might have been the first hero in the Arrowverse, but it was arguably Gustin’s Barry who turned things into a proper connected franchise. Gustin first appeared on Arrow to set up The Flash, which then became the first spin-off show when it premiered in 2014. Now, with Arrow having wrapped up its run last year, The Flash is the longest-running Arrowverse show that is currently on the air. It was recently renewed for season 8, meaning it could eventually surpass Arrow in length.
The Flash season 6 set up some major storylines, but due to the coronavirus pandemic, was unable to finish them before production shut down. As a result, the first few episodes of season 7 will bring some resolution to plots like Iris’ (Candice Patton) time in the Mirrorverse and Barry’s determination to create a new Speed Force. Beyond that, The Flash season 7 will see the returns of some fan favorite villains, though who those will be remains to be seen. All told, there’s a lot to look forward to in this new bunch of episodes.
Recently, Gustin took to social media to share a personal post about his physical transformation. Gustin delved into how his time in the spotlight has made his anxiety and occasional depression more difficult, and therefore complicated his efforts to take care of himself. However, with the lengthier hiatus caused by the pandemic, Gustin felt motivated to make a change. “About 7 months ago I finally decided to break my cycle of not taking care of myself as well as I should,” Gustin wrote. This translated to, among other things, Barry getting “a little bit of beef on his lanky frame,” which fans will notice a few episodes into The Flash season 7. Best of all, though, Gustin says he feels “much happier and more present than I have in a long time.” You can see Gustin’s full post down below.
It’s rather inspiring to see that while Gustin’s new physique will impact The Flash, he actually chose to do this on his own, not because the series required it. Gustin’s post is a sweet tribute to how far he’s come, and he deserves to celebrate his hard work. It will certainly be interesting to see Barry’s new beefy look; now at least fans will know the true story behind this change.
The Flash season 7 was initially slated to premiere this month, but the supersized premiere of Superman & Lois bumped it to March. Nevertheless, it’s finally getting closer, and the CW has begun releasing various promotional materials. For example, it’s been revealed The Flash season 7 premiere will feature the return of Nash Wells (Tom Cavanagh), while trailers have hinted at a resolution to the Mirrorverse storyline. Between Barry’s new bod and all of these plots culminating, The Flash‘s latest batch of episodes should be quite thrilling.
The Flash season 7 premieres March 2 on the CW.
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