The Flash has become a huge success for CW, and its second season is shaping up to be even bigger than ever. With a new villain that's said to be faster than even the Reverse Flash, Arrow's season 4, and of course the series premiere of their new spinoff Legends of Tomorrow, it looks like CW has big plans ahead for their comic book shows.
Variety reports that CW's The Flash has cast Australian actor Keiynan Lonsdale as Wally West for the show's second season. Although it's still unknown if he will be suiting up as the iconic Kid Flash, he is apparently going to be a big part of the series since he is set to appear as a series regular for season 2. The CW's DC Universe has been big on crossovers, with Flash and Arrow set to have an annual crossover and the Legends of Tomorrow premiering not long after, but whether he will appear in the other shows is yet to be announced. But considering they all have the same filming location, it's not a hard to imagine that he could possibly make an appearance to the other series easily.
In the comics, Wally is the nephew of Iris West (played by Candice Patton). After getting hit by lightning just as The Flash did, Wally initially served as Barry Allen's (Grant Gustin) sidekick, taking the name Kid Flash. He eventually became a member of Teen Titans and later on took on the mantle of Barry's The Flash.
From what we've seen in the first season, since Iris doesn't have a sibling in the show, it looks like Wally's origin will be slightly changed for his live-action appearance. The Flash will be exploring the world of alternate universes, so there's a possibility that it might play a role in Wally West's introduction in the series.
Wally's appearance in season two was recently announced at Comic-Con, together with another speedster Jay Garrick (Teddy Sears), the original Flash, and Patty Spivot (Shantel VanSanten), Detective Joe West's (Jesse Martin) newest partner.
When asked about Lonsdale's casting as Wally West, executive producer Andrew Kreisberg said that, "Just like when we met Grant 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.”
Lonsdale - who plays Uriah in Insurgent - will also return for the upcoming two part finale of the Divergent series, Allegiant. It looks like shooting for the film is yet to start, so there won't be a problem with scheduling conflicts or traveling to different filming locations every time. Being new to the cast of The Flash, his character will add another dynamic in the world of The Flash that is yet to be seen. It's also something to await when he suits up together with speedsters Jay Garrick and Barry Allen to stop the meta-humans running rampant in Central City.
Catch The Flash when he returns for Season 2 on the CW this October 6th, at 8pm.