Flash Proves CW Has a Major Heroine Problem

Iris West may be the most egregious example thus. In the second episode she’s literally silenced by Barry’s powers so he can have an existentially pathos-loaded monologue concerning his new talents. She stands inert--no longer a character but an object he emotes in the general direction of. Even Clark Kent, with his god-like powers, didn’t turn his love interest into a whine receptacle.