One interesting moment of the first season finale of The CW’s “The Flash” saw a tip of that hat to the original golden age incarnation of the scarlet speedster – Jay Garrick. It was a literal one too as the character’s iconic helmet came through a time vortex and landed in our universe.
Speaking at a DC Entertainment panel earlier this week (via CS), executive producer Geoff Johns confirmed that the moment wasn’t just a cute reference: “That’s not an Easter egg, that’s a story point. We’re going to see Jay.”
Well it seems the promise has been made good with today’s Comic Con panel for the show announcing that Teddy Sears (“Masters of Sex”) has been cast as Garrick. In the show, Jay is a strange figure who arrives in Central City to warn Barry of an impending danger that he alone can’t hope to stop.
Executive producer Andrew Kreisberg says: “Having Jay Garrick come onto the show was one of our earliest ideas. It is so exciting, as we rush into season two, that we finally get to bring the Crimson Comet to life. We couldn’t imagine anyone more suited to play the original Flash than Teddy.”
That isn’t the only casting news related to the show today though as Shantel VanSanten (“The Messengers”) has been set for the role of Patty Spivot, a cop and science enthusiast who serves as Detective Joe West’s partner. She obsessed with metahumans, and has no idea that her new crush Barry is The Flash.
In interviews following the panel, star Grant Gustin revealed that Barry will show off a new power involving lightning in the second episode. Producers have already confirmed that we will be seeing more of the multiverse in the second season, and many have speculated that this is how we’ll likely get the return of Dr. Wells (Tom Cavanagh) to the show along with an appearance by other Flashes.
Gustin confirms that news, telling Cinema Blend: “Wells and Barry won’t be interacting at all, right out of the gate. Wells is on the show, but we’re introducing the multiverse concept so that’s why he still exists somewhere.”
On top of that it has been confirmed that the Wally West version of The Flash is coming to the new season, but the role has not been cast yet.
Also confirmed is that Zoom will serve as the primary villain in the new episodes. In the comics Zoom can alter and manipulate his personal timeline – making him seemingly impossible to stop. The new season kicks off on October 6th.