Wally West, Jay Garrick and Zoom Confirmed for The Flash Season 2 at San Diego Comic Con
DC's Superhero Night in SDCC's Hall H was filled with a lot of exciting news and information about all of DC's TV shows, but undoubtedly one of the most exciting announcements was made during the panel for the Flash. Three new characters were confirmed, but these aren't just any three characters, these are arguably the biggest characters connected to the Flash's mythology save Barry Allen himself. Let's take a look.
Though Barry Allen may be the most popular iteration of the Flash, Jay Garrick was the first - debuting back in The Flash #1 in January of 1940. Today, he's the Flash of Earth Two, which is where the panel said Barry is headed at the start of the next season. Fans were wondering if he would make an appearance, as his classic winged helmet shot out of the time stream in the season finale. The teaser that aired at Comic Con's Hall H featured a short bit dialogue between he and Barry Allen, which means it looks like we can be expecting a speedster team up in the very near future!
Perhaps the character who fans will be most excited about, Wally West is also confirmed to be a part of season 2. Wally is Iris' nephew, who, in the comics, recreated the conditions that first made Barry Allen the Flash, and was also the version of the Flash who was a part of the Justice League and Justice League Unlimited animated series. His appearance raises a lot of questions. Will he be another Flash in yet another universe? Will he take on being the Flash first, or will he be Kid Flash? With Barry disappearing into a black hole at the end of series 1, it could potentially offer the perfect opportunity for a young Wally West to try to recreate the accident with the particle accelerator in order to be the hero Central City needs in the Flash's absence.
Zoom, yet another villain to be called The Reverse Flash in the comics, will also be appearing in the next season of the Flash. Zoom was originally a Wally West villain named Hunter Zolomon who gained his powers when Wally refused to use the cosmic treadmill to go back in time and prevent Gorilla Grod from crippling him. Zolomon then decided to do it himself, but in his attempts he had an accident with the Cosmic Treadmill, effectively derailing him from the timeline. This allowed Zoom to alter the speed that he could move in time, making it seem as though he was moving at super speed. Again, there's a lot of questions raised by this character's appearance. It will be interesting to see how he's introduced in the coming season.
Flash fans will also be excited to hear that some of their favorite villains from season 1 will be making a return. Gorilla Grod was confirmed to be a part of season 2, as were Captain Cold and the Golden Glider. Patty Spivot, who is one of the love interests of Barry Allen in certain comics will also be introduced.
The Flash was arguably the greatest comic book TV show of the 2014-2015 season, and part of that was because of the risks it took how the creators of the show handled their characters. There's no doubt that they're going big again in season 2, and it'll be exciting to see how they plan to pull of these big events. You can catch the Flash (not literally) on October 2016 when the next season of the hit CW show begins.