As Fall draws closer and closer, we’re seeing more and more exciting news about who’ll be showing up in the new seasons of The Flash and Arrow. Let’s take a look at who’s just been cast for new characters (fan favorites and otherwise) on both shows, starting with The Flash.
Rumors have been making their way around the fan community for a while, especially for who will play Jay Garrick and Wally West. Now we know for sure!
This article on MStarz gives us the juicy details on casting Keiynan Lonsdale:
The Insurgent actor will play the nephew of Iris West (played by Candice Patton), just like in the DC Comics mythology. Will Wally West end up in a relationship with Linda Park (Malese Jow), who becomes his future wife? In the New 52 comics, Wally is a punk who gets in trouble with the law; a far different interpretation from the other clean cut iterations.
Executive producer Andrew Kreisberg states, “Just like when we met [star] Grant [Gustin] for the first time, we instantly knew Keiynan embodied all the heart and courage of a hero. We are so excited to be bringing this much-beloved character onto the show.”
Bringing Wally West into the show is a big deal, and I for one am really excited to see the interactions not only between him and Iris, but between Wally and Barry. And of course we knew Jay Garrick was coming, but now we know he’ll be played by Teddy Sears!
This article on MStarz gives the details on Jay’s casting and another new character, Patty Spivot! Here are the details:
Patty Spivot will be played by Shantel VanSanten (Gang Related). Patty is a cop and a science enthusiast, which is why Barry has his eyes on her. Unfortunately, Patty is unaware that Barry Allen is falling for her. Because of her obsession with metahumans, she is excited to be partnering up with Detective Joe West (Jesse L. Martin) this season. No word yet if she will become her superhero-alter ego, Hot Pursuit aka Ms. Flash.
Teddy Sears (Masters of Sex) actor will play an incarnation of Jay Garrick, the Silver Age Flash. In the DC Comics Universe, Garrick is the first character to hold the mantle of The Flash during his debut in the 1940s. In the New 52, Jay is now a semi-retired crime-fighter, with his hair gone totally white.
With so many versions of The Flash–not to mention multiple timelines–on one show, how will the writers juggle them all? If Season 1 is any indication, they’ll handle the introduction of these new characters with finesse, heart, and hopefully a bit of humor!
Now onto Arrow. We’ve seen some news about casting already, like in this article about Double Down, Jessica Danforth, and Baron Blitzkrieg. But now we have even more characters to speculate over! First, there’s the announcement that Rutina Wesley (Tara from True Blood) will be appearing in Season 4 for a mystery role. Will she be donning a vigilante mask, a H.I.V.E. uniform, or maybe a politician’s suit? Time to make your guesses!
This article from Comicbook.com has the details:
The as-yet-unspecified role will bring the former Tara Thornton into the fourth season of the CW drama, which is loading up with guest stars as shooting gets underway.
While there’s certainly no guarantee, multi-episode arcs and unspecified names often mean she’s of significance to the season-long storyline (in this case, a battle with Damien Darhk and H.I.V.E.), and possibly could even get a costume of her own.
And on top of that, we’ve learned that Oliver is getting a new love interest! Before you start freaking out about the doom of Olicity, the love interested is apparently going to be in flashbacks with pre-Arrow Oliver.
This article on Comicbook.com presents what we know so far about Elysia Rotaru’s casting:
“Oliver is gonna have a love interest in the past that will serve as a parallel or potentially a contrast to his love affair with Felicity in the present,” executive producer Marc Guggenheim said.
Of course, we can probably expect her to appear in the current day, either as a romantic complication or as someone driving the plot, since historically the flashbacks have tied into the main plotline.
I’m excited to see how the show compares and contrasts Oliver’s past and present love affairs. I know they’ve done that in previous seasons, but I have high hopes that Season 4’s handling of things will be original and compelling.
What do you think of these new cast members? Share your thoughts in the comments!
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