While we wait patiently to see the rest of The Flash's origin develop after his first appearances on Arrow, a few new cast members have been announced for the CW pilot.
Grant Gustin won over more than a few fans with his portrayal of Barry Allen in the CW hit Arrow, and he certainly impressed the network, who moved straight to a standalone pilot episode before the Arrow ’backdoor’ pilot even aired. We saw the beginnings of the Flash on-air already, including the accident that will give him his powers as well as some interesting plot points that can translate to the overall story of the Flash series, should it make it that far.
With Barry left comatose at the end of his stint on Arrow and the freedom a standalone pilot offers, it gives Andrew Kriesberg and Greg Berlanti some time (and money) to do the pilot properly, which bodes well for the success of the Flash series. Recent casting announcements add to the growing excitement by teasing some interesting names from the comics.
The first name attached to the pilot besides Gustin is Jesse L. Martin, who is no stranger to the police procedural, having played Det. Ed Green on Law & Order for nine years. His character has so far only been revealed as Det. West, who acts as a surrogate father to Barry. THR reveals a bit more on the character:
A soulful, funny and caring father to Iris — Barry’s potential love interest — West came up through the foster care system and took Barry in after his mother’s slaying and father’s imprisonment. He believes in Barry and supports his efforts to prove his father’s innocence.
Obviously the West name is important to the Flash mythology, with both Iris and her nephew Wally playing BIG roles in Barry’s story. More recently in the New 52 Iris’ brother Daniel featured heavily as the new Reverse Flash, and the return of Wally West has been the recent buzz of the New 52. Jesse L. Martin’s character is yet another West set to influence the life of Barry, so it will be interesting to see how the West family develops in the series.
Two other names have been announced for the pilot, and both come straight from the comics. Rick Costnett (The Vampire Diaries) and Danielle Panabaker (Friday the 13th) will be joining the cast as two potential villains for the Flash to deal with. Deadline reports on the Flash casting announcements:
Cosnett plays star Detective Eddie Thawne, a recent transfer to the Central City Police Department, whose past is a mystery and who harbors a dark secret. Panabaker plays Caitlin Snow, a highly intelligent bioengineering expert who lost her fiancé during an explosion at S.T.A.R. Labs.
Fans of the comics will recognise Det. Thawne’s name immediately, though he is usually better known as Eobard Thawne AKA Professor Zoom AKA Reverse Flash. Without giving too much of the character’s mysterious past and dark secret away, we’ll just say that Det. Eddie Thawne will no doubt have a large role to play on the show.
Caitlin Snow is a lesser known name in the comics, but given her backstory on the show it looks like this ‘intelligent bioengineering expert’ might turn into the villainous Killer Frost, who can manipulate cold and ice. In the New 52, she also needs to feed off the heat energy of humans to survive, so it remains to be seen which powers she will exhibit in the series, if any.
The pilot, directed by David Nutter, is certainly shaping up well, with interesting leads and possible villains, but we still have a wait before we see the episode. Of course, there is always the possibility we won’t get to see the pilot, but given the success of Arrow and the already established presence of Gustin’s Barry Allen, chances are good that the Flash won’t go the way of other unaired comic book inspired TV pilots.
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