Better watch out, Central City – Wally West is coming to The Flash TV show!
During the show’s panel at PaleyFest 2015, showrunner Greg Berlanti was asked if West (nephew to Iris, formerly Kid Flash in the comics, then The Flash) or Bart Allen (Barry’s grandson from the future, and also a speedster) might make an appearance:
“That’s our hope. And we’ve already been picked up for a second season so I think if we were going to do something like that, we would do it next season.”
Older fans of the comics might be a tad disappointed though, as the show would likely go with the New 52 incarnation of Wally West:
“We made the Wests African-American so that we could ultimately head in that direction, absolutely. That’s our hope.”
Which makes sense, since TV Iris is now played by Candice Patton, a black actress.
What’s more, TV Barry (Grant Gustin) is now dating Linda Park (Malese Jow), who is um Wally’s wife. #FeelingKindaDirtyEvenThoughIKnowItAintReal
Executive producer Andrew Kreisberg also offered this intriguing bit of info – that it was The Flash TV show that led to Wally West becoming an African-American in the comics:
“What’s very cool is in the New 52 they hadn’t reintroduced Wally [yet]. But [because DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns was working on the show], when they reintroduced Wally, they made him African-American. So now and forever, Kid Flash will be African-American.”
It’s kind of reminiscent of Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993-97), when Superman started sporting long hair in the comics to match Dean Cain’s hairdo.
Personally, I’m hoping that this means other speedsters like Max Mercury and Jay Garrick will come to the small screen too. And I reaaallllllyy wanna see this happen:
In context – that’s an old issue of The Flash when Barry was still dead, and the Reverse-Flash turned up pretending to be him, and Wally and co were all taken in and…okay, enough nerding out.
You can see the entire PaleyFest2015 panel below:
Source: Comic Book Resources
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