When it comes to TV shows or movies based on comic book characters, something that fans want, and to a degree demand, is a certain level of accuracy in regards to the histories and powers of the characters. For example, Thomas and Martha Wayne, Uncle Ben, etc. all need to die in order for Bruce, Peter, and others to become who they are. Krypton needs to be destroyed, Reed Richards and crew needed to have an accident in space (or dimensions) to get their powers, etc.
Then there’s the powerset themselves. If Superman isn’t the strongest being alive, how is he Superman? So when a show doesn’t go fully accurate (or as accurate as they can), fans tend to notice and call it out.
For The Flash and Arrow, two recently added characters had this problem. The Atom was scene as nothing more than a DC Iron Man (thankfully, we’re getting the true Atom soon as proven by the Legends of Tomorrow trailer) and Firestorm was seen as the DC Human Torch. Even being called the “Burning Man” for a few episodes.
For those who don’t know, Firestorm’s true abilities are transmutation, the ability to change one object into another on a molecular level. But the show has never gotten to reveal this…until last night…almost…
“In the finale, you were going to see a scene where Caitlin and I are talking. I tell her, we do have a better handle on our powers, [and] I show her a new trick,” Robbie Amell explained to Comic Book Resources. “They introduced matter manipulation in the finale — but the finale was also thirty minutes too long, because it’s such a huge, incredible episode, [the scene] was one of the things that could go. You won’t see it, but originally I turn a thermometer into a flower for her. It was a very sweet scene that showed some matter manipulation. Maybe they will release it on the DVD/Blu-ray set… In the finale, there was going to be a scene when we turn into Firestorm. We literally step towards each other and turn into him. There isn’t any difficulty. And, now, we get to do matter manipulation — but nobody gets to see it yet.”
This is a pity, as Ronnie Raymond and Dr. Stein were heavily involved in last nights finale, and it wouldn’t have been a stretch to show this off. Hopefully, between Flash and Legends of Tomorrow, we’ll get the true Firestorm in action soon.