Today, the CW took to Twitter to announce a few bombshells when it comes to their successful superhero show, The Flash. With the caption, “Keiynan Lonsdale suits up as Kid Flash this fall on The CW!” they posted this picture:
The announcement confirmed speculation that Wally West will become a super-powered speedster in the CW show. It also reveals that he will not yet be portraying the main, Justice League-tier Flash that Grant Gustin currently plays. Instead, Kid Flash is a unique character mantle, with a history dating back to his first comic book appearance in The Flash (vol. 1) #110 in 1959. Before Wally West became The Flash, he was the first in a long line of Kid Flashes…
Kid Flash is considered to be DC’s answer to their own famous sidekick, Robin. Like Robin is to Batman, Kid Flash possesses much the same skillset as the regular Flash.
The CW show has been no stranger to depicting many speedsters (Flash, Reverse Flash, Trajectory, Jay Garrick and Zoom,) so it is easy to imagine Keiynan Lonsdale’s Kid Flash zipping around Central City like all the others.
Maybe they’ll give him a different color lightning pattern as he runs—they did that with Zoom’s trail of blue sparks, after all.
As the Wally West of the comics eventually became The Flash, one can only wonder if Lonsdale’s character will do the same. That was the very question many had when he first joined the CW show: Why introduce what is, to many, the definitive version of the superhero (The Flash of the Justice League cartoons) and not have him replace Barry Allen?
A simple answer: he will, just not quite yet. Grant Gustin plays a wonderfully genuine Flash that would be hard to top at the moment. With the show’s unique set up to Wally, however, it could certainly be done.
Instead of CW’s Wally West being Iris West’s nephew, as he is in the comics, he is her estranged brother. Growing up with a drug-addicted mother and racing cars for cash, Lonsdale’s Wally was forced to grow up fast (pun intended.) In Season 2, Wally constantly talks about wanting to be a hero, so it’s great to see that Season 3 might give him a chance to do just that.
In Season 2, Wally constantly talks about wanting to be a hero, so it’s great to see that Season 3 might give him a chance to do just that.
For more Flash-related news, like Kiersey Clemons possibly playing Iris West in the DCCU’s upcoming Flash film or the upcoming Arrow/Supergirl/Flash TV crossover, keep it locked right here at The Nerd Stash.