HVFF 2017: ‘The Flash’ / ‘Legends Of Tomorrow’ Panel At Heroes and Villains FanFest, New Jersey
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Heroes and Villains FanFest (HVFF 2017) took New Jersey by storm this weekend with stars from our favorite superhero shows mixing it up with fans. This wildly popular convention, dedicated to the fan experience saw stars from The Flash, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Arrow, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and Gotham giving autographs, taking selfies, and of course, speaking at panels.

Sunday afternoon fans got a super treat from The Flash / Legends of Tomorrow panel with Candice Patton (Iris West), Robbie Amell (Ronnie Raymond / Deathstorm), Caity Lotz (White Canary / Sara Lance), Brandon Routh (The Atom / Ray Palmer), Carlos Valdes (Vibe / Cisco Ramon).

Moderator Ben Beck kicked off the panel by asking what their most exciting moment was so far at the event. Routh loved the people he’s met, including a couple on their 1st date. Amell was happily surprised that people complimented him on his version of the character. Candice Patton really loved seeing the kids because they are always super excited, plus someone gave her Cowboys gear for her dog. Lotz was touched by a man who said he watched Legends of Tomorrow with his whole family because he loves that his daughters have strong female characters to look up to. She also met a brave kid who’s cancer is in remission. Carlos Valdes was so funny, and said he loves seeing the folks on the stage who he doesn’t always get to see, including Italia Ricci’s husband (Amell).

Then… because this is about the fans, they went right into the Q&A with the audience.

Q: My boy and I are huge Cisco fans. What do you think makes him so relatable?

Carlos Valdes: Cisco is a total geek. I’m really into systems. That’s always appealed to me about this character. I think we are all geeks about something. I’m able to bring that unabashed passion to that character. I know noting about tech, but love music. I bring that to Cisco.

Q: What’s your favorite episode that you appeared in and why?

Robbie Amell: Season 1 superhero team up. It was in a stadium in Vancouver. Everything about it was really great.

Brandon Routh: The Camelot episode. That’s what I’m a geek about.

Candice Patton: The pilot. Something about the time period around booking and shooting The Flash. I have fond memories of that time.

Caity Lotz: I really liked the Shogun episode in Japan. cause I liked the sword fights.

Carlos Valdes: The Gypsy stuff and Danny Trejo stuff. I’m really excited for you to see it.

Q: Will we see Earth 2 Detective West? We want to see if Iris meets her doppelgänger.

Candice Patton: I would love too, but when you are shooting, it’s a lot of work.

Q: (For Valdes and Patton) What is your response for losing Tom and Grant?

Carlos Valdes: It really sucks.They were close.

Candice Patton: That’s really hard for her and we’ll pick that up her struggling with. Barry and I have to go to couples therapy. Iris felt bad about it. I felt great because I still have a job. Also, there are so many HRs, Tom’s not gone.

Q: (For Routh) Any major improvement to the atom suit soon?

Brandon Routh: A smaller more portable version will be used quite a bit.

Q: Are we gonna see any of other Cisco’s other doppelgängers?

Carlos Valdes: I hope so. I find it to be a very versatile canvas. Cisco has his hands full in general. The Cisco focus is main Cisco.

Q: What was the best part of filming the crossover episodes?

Brandon Routh: Crossovers are fun because we get to see people we don’t normally get to see.

Caity Lotz: I have a lot of fun going on Arrow and working with Stephen {Amell], and Willa [Holland] and alien pods.

Carlos Valdes: My favorite part is when I get to go home, take my shoes off, put on Netflix, and fall asleep (to The Great British Baking Show). .

Q: Does Iris stay a leader? How is the interaction with her and Cisco and then her and Barry when he gets back?

Carlos Valdes: Iris and Cisco butt heads a little bit in episode 1. There’s never been any antagonistic energy with these characters before.

Candice Patton: Iris and Cisco have very different ideas on if they should bring Barry back. It gets really tenuous.

Q: What have you guys learned?

Candice Patton: Don’t time travel.

Brandon Routh: Accept your fate.

Q: If you could save one person in the show, who would it be?

Robbie Amell: Me. Cause no one else will.

Caity Lotz: Iris. Because Candice and I live together.

Candice Patton: Barry, obviously.

Brandon Routh: The captain, because she’s extremely important to the show. But if not her, then I say Nate. What would Ray be without Nate? He’d be sad.

Carlos Valdes: Felicity. Because she’s way too important in the franchise. Because Cisco and Felicity can do anything.

Beck: Can I say Snart? (audience cheers)

Q: Who in the cast do you have a close friendship with?

Brandon Routh: Nick Zano

Robbie Amell: Victor Garber and Danielle Panabaker. I try to have lunch with them when I am in town.

Candice Patton: Keiynan [Lonsdale] definitely. He’s like my brother in real life.

Caity Lotz: Maisie [Richardson-Sellers] – she’s my girl

Carlos Valdes: My relationship with Tom Cavanagh. He’s old and he’s taught me so much about making this work for me. It’s also with like life stuff. He’s a wise old, old, old man.

Q: Besides reunions, what’s the best part about shooting the crossovers?

Brandon Routh: The scope.

Candice Patton: It’s also cool to see the characters. Iris’s childhood crush on Oliver is fun.

Carlos Valdes: I like working with a new crew. It’s keeps it fresh. great learning experience.

Caity Lotz: Scoping out who has the best craft services.

And that’s where it ended. It was a thoroughly enjoyable panel, and these lovely people were just bits of delight to listen to.

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  1. Thank you for covering this panel. It was a pleasure being on stage with all of these great guests!

    Comment by Ben Beck — September 18, 2017 @ 3:57 pm

  2. Your welcome! It was wonderful to watch.

    Comment by Olympus Athens — September 18, 2017 @ 9:20 pm

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