The Flash will be getting a lot faster next season, adding three more speedsters to the line-up. Jay Garrick (i.e “The Golden Age” Flash), Wally West (Kid Flash) and Zoom (Eobard Thawn /Professor Zoom) have been confirmed to appear in the hit CW show’s star-studded sophomore year.
During the show’s Comic-Con panel it was revealed the first character in the DC Universe to go by the name The Flash is coming to the show to be played by Teddy Sears (Masters of Sex, Raising the Bar).
“Jay Garrick has never been portrayed in live action. Now that we established our Flash, we thought it would be great to bring in the original Flash to create a brand new relationship with Barry.” Flash EP Andrew Kreisberg told fans in Hall H. Garrick’s iconic helmet made a not-so-subtle cameo in the season one finale, which brought a moment of pause to Eobard Thawne before he zoomed back to the future.
According to Deadline “Garrick is an enigmatic individual who arrives in Central City to warn Barry Allen and his team at S.T.A.R. Labs of a looming danger that he alone can’t stop.”
Season two picks up a few months after the cliffhanger season finale. “We deal with the fallout of the cataclysm that happened at the end of the year. As we used the particle accelerator to introduce the metahuman, we’ll be introducing characters from Earth 2 on the show,” EP Greg Berlanti said during the panel.
Wally West, i.e. Kid Flash (and the third incarnation of Flash) will also be arriving in Central City. In the comics, Wally is the nephew of Iris West. It remains to be seen if season two will follow this story path, which considering the age of Iris in the show, could potentially make Wally quite young.
However with time travel and alternate Earths set play a major part moving forward, Wally could be from the future having assumed the mantle of the Flash. West as Kid Flash eventually took over for Barry Allen as the Earth-1’s Scarlet Speedster after he was killed off in DC’s 1980’s groundbreaking series Crisis On Infinite Earths.
Jay Garrick could originate from Earth-2, if The Flash goes the alternate dimension route, and not the direct past Grant Gustin’s Barry Allen exists in. The writers have their hands full once they go down this time travel and parallel worlds rabbit hole. Virtually anything is possible from this point on, even so far to easily explain away that down the line cross-over with CBS’s Supergirl. Alternate timelines would even allow a team-up with ANY of the live action DC universes. Though meetings of far fetched DC worlds is fairly unlikely, it’s now narratively possible Grant Gustin’s Barry Allen could find himself on a “Earth-S” and team up with Tom Welling (Clark Kent) or Justin Hartley (Green Arrow). I say Earth-S, as in “Earth-Smallville.” How would that be for a CW sweeps stunt? The Alternate Earths theory also allows the DC TV Universe to co-exist with the DC Cinematic Universe. But I would sooner assume see Tom Welling side by side with Grant Gustin than Henry Cavill.
Also announced was the coming of the next big bad: Zoom, i.e. Professor Zoom, i.e. Eobard Thawne. Tom Cavanagh is returning next season, and this is a great thing because he brought some amazing drama to the show as Thawne/Harrison Wells. Zoom will be faster than Barry, which will make Garrick’s help as a mentor a likely necessity.
“We’re really excited about Zoom,” said Kreisberg.