What exactly is happening with the hero Firestorm on The CW’s “The Flash” and its connected TV universe is unclear.
In the first season of the series, the show established Firestorm as a two part character – an amalgamation of Ronnie Raymond (Robbie Amell) and Dr. Martin Stein (Victor Garber). Whilst Garber and Firestorm are a part of the upcoming spin-off series “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow,” Amell’s name has been strangely absent which has lead to speculation that the character may undergo a serious change next year.
Amell however seems certain at least that the character will keep on ticking. The actor tells Screen Rant that Firestorm’s powers would be greatly expanded in the second season with the ability to manipulate matter, and in fact that was originally going to be a part of the first season finale:
“The sad thing is there was a moment in the finale that had to be cut out – just because it was such a massive episode and it didn’t actually have anything to do with plot – where they introduced matter manipulation. There’s a scene where Danielle [Panabaker]’s character is checking my temperature and giving me the once-over. I call Victor in the room and we merge, and I turn her thermometer into a daffodil. It was just like a really nice, sweet way of showing… because she’s asking if we’re going to be OK, and I’m like, “Actually, we’re getting pretty good at this whole Firestorm thing.” And we merge without even missing a beat and turn that into a flower. It was a nice moment, but ultimately it just didn’t hold any bearing on the plot.
So, matter manipulation I’m sure will be reintroduced, or maybe it will be available on the DVD director’s cut of the episode. But there’s so much they can do with this character. My biggest fear with the character was that he was too powerful. I think that sometimes that can be an issue. I feel like that’s the only problem I ever have with the Superman comic book, is other than kryptonite, how do you stop this guy? But they’ve done an unbelievable job.”
How Amell fits into the future of Firestorm, and how the character will jump between the linked CW DC shows remains to be seen, but we’ll find out more this Fall.