Iris' Wedding Dress On 'The Flash' Had To Be "Indestructible," Says Star Candice Patton
The wedding that's been three years in the making on The Flash is finally happening ... on Supergirl. This year's CW/DC crossover surrounding Barry and Iris' wedding actually begins as an episode of Supergirl on Monday, Nov. 27 (8 p.m. on The CW), before continuing as an episode of Arrow (9 p.m. on The CW), and then continuing the next night as an episode of The Flash (Tuesday at 8 p.m. on The CW) and concluding immediately afterwards as an episode of Legends of Tomorrow (Tuesday at 9 p.m. on The CW). But just because the ceremony takes place on a different show (and night) than usual, that doesn't mean The Flash didn't do the iconic moment justice. And the attention to detail included Iris' wedding dress as well.
Candice Patton, sitting on the set of The Flash in Vancouver earlier this month, reveals to Bustle along with a small group of reporters that when it came to getting Iris her gown for the occasion, the actor didn't just take a stroll down to the costume department.
"They actually flew me to LA to go to Monique Lhuillier to find a dress for Iris," Patton says with a big smile. Iris, of course, has exquisite taste (just take a look at her everyday wear), but the reasoning behind the atelier choice is pretty significant.
"There's a line in the script about how Monique Lhuillier dresses are indestructible," Patton reveals, since all the characters from The Flash, Supergirl, Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow know to be prepared for anything. "[Iris] really goes through it in this episode in this wedding dress and it's still pristine."
While wedding dress shopping can be a long, ardurous ordeal for any bride, let alone the bride helping lead a team of superheroes, it turns out that Patton's experience was like a dream.
"We flew to LA and I tried on dresses at Monique and the first dress I tried on, we were like, 'Okay, this is it. This is great. Feels good. Comfortable,'" she says. "The most important thing was like, 'Am I comfortable? Am I going to be able to like run away from aliens or whatever?' It was pretty neat."
And it's a good thing that line of questioning came up, since Barry and Iris' happy day is quickly interrupted by Nazis (yes, Nazis) from Earth-X, an alternate universe where Germany won WWII. Chaos quickly ensues.
Because of the fast-paced, high-stakes world Iris lives in, Patton is adamant that it's too early to talk about any #WestAllen kids just yet. "Let's just get them married first, and get through aliens, and world domination, and all that good stuff," she says with a laugh.
Besides, Iris is just too busy being a capable leader of Team Flash this year to even think about slowing down to start a family. Patton loves how "cool" Iris' arc has been this season on The Flash, since she hasn't been relegated to playing the damsel in distress status.
"It's giving Iris a lot more agency this season," Patton says. "She's definitely at the front of the Star Labs team and she's going to be that way for the rest of the season and probably seasons to come. It's a really cool role to have and it gives her a purpose there. It means I'm working a lot more, but it's good for Iris."
With Iris leading the charge at Star Labs, what does that mean for her career as a journalist? She hasn't been seen at Central City Picture News for a long time now, and it's something that fans and critics alike have noticed.
"Great question. It's a great question that I don't think I even know how to answer," Patton says of whether Iris will get back to her journalism roots. "In my mind, I will always say yes. I love Iris as a reporter. I will always hold out hope that we'll see a future version of that on the show. That's innately who I think that character is."
While Patton knows that Iris is needed at the helm of Team Flash right now, she likes to think that "eventually she'll get back to reporting about all the stuff going on in Central City." And even though the CCPN set has been torn down, it could always be rebuilt in a flash. "We don't throw [sets] away," she says.
With a bus full of new metahumans running around the city and Nazis invading from an alternate earth, Iris certainly will have a lot to report on whenever she does return to her old career. But she'll have to survive her wedding first.