When Silver Age Flash Barry Allen returned from death in the comics in 2008 after being dead for 23 years, not everyone celebrated. This was largely the case because Barry’s successor in the mantle of the Flash, former Kid Flash Wally West, had become the Scarlet Speedster for an entire generation of fans. Wally was the primary Flash in the DC Comics universe from 1985 up until Barry’s return in 2008, serving as one of the heavy hitters on the Justice League, along with even appearing in animation outside the comics as the Flash in “Superman: The Animated Series,” “Justice League,” and “Justice League Unlimited.” Then, insult was seemingly added to injury when, in 2011, Barry was the only Flash to make it into DC Comics’ “New 52” relaunch.
Thankfully, Wally made his return to DC Comics after the New 52 and — though his story was altered a bit — arrived as a new, heroic presence in the DC Universe. Now, it looks like that revised version of the character is making the jump to television.
According to Deadline, actor Keiynan Lonsdale (The Divergent Series: Insurgent) has been cast as Wally West for the CW’s upcoming second season of “The Flash,” starring Grant Gustin as Barry Allen. While in most versions of the comics Wally has been depicted as the nephew of Barry’s girlfriend/wife Iris West, Lonsdale’s close age to Iris actress Candice Patton (Patton is 27, Lonsdale is 23) may suggest a different relation between the two. Still, fans of the character will likely be happy that Wally is finally cast and solidly confirmed to appear in the acclaimed series, as he will likely add an interesting dynamic to the overall environment of an already well-liked series.
Although Wally was already the primary Flash when the character first made the solo jump to television in 1990, the main character in that show was still named Barry Allen. As an adapted character, though, actor John Wesley Shipp’s Barry seemed to incorporate elements of both the comic book version of Barry as well as Wally, particularly when it came to the lightning fast metabolism that often saw Barry scarf down a box of cereal in a matter of seconds. After Barry’s return to the comics prior to the New 52, Wally served as a secondary Flash and equal partner with the senior speedster.
In the New 52, Wally is portrayed as a teenage delinquent meeting the Flash for the very first time, but its unknown exactly how much from any incarnation the show will draw from. For more on this as it develops further, keep it locked on GeekNation!
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