The Flash Season 2 Casts Two New DC Comics Characters
The Flash's second season is fast approaching, and between Zoom, Wally West, Jay Garrick, Patty Spivot, and more, there will be no shortage of new DC Comics characters this time around. Now, The CW has added two more familiar faces to the mix: fellow speedster Jesse Quick, who will be played by newcomer Violett Beane, and Firestorm villain Tokamak, played by The Unit's Demore Barnes.
In the comics, Jesse Chambers, aka Jesse Quick, is a superheroine who teamed up with an alternate iteration of the Flash, Wally West. At one point, she helps him defeat the supervillain Zoom, who has been confirmed to be the primary antagonist of the second season. According to TV Line, the show's version of Jesse is described as "a brilliant but quirky college student who gets caught up in the battle between The Flash and Season 2 Big Bad Zoom."
Tokamak has been altered from his comics origins a little more, as in the comics, he was a CEO who recreated the accident that created Firestorm. In the show, according to Comicbook.com, he is characterized as "a charming, but cocky scientist who was affected by the same Particle Accelerator explosion that created the Flash. When Caitlin Snow (Danielle Panabaker) recruits him to join the team at S.T.A.R. Labs, Hewitt jumps at the opportunity to fulfill his destiny as a powerful meta-human."
The CW also released a new promo and the first official image from the second season:
The picture is actually more revealing than the promo, showing a possible break-in at S.T.A.R. labs, not to mention the old gang back together again. It's especially a relief to see Iris in the lab, as her ignorance of Barry's secret was probably the most tiresome part of an otherwise excellent first season.
Speaking to TV Insider, Grant Gustin also previewed the change in status quo for next season. The last we saw Barry, he was jumping into a singularity, trying to stop a huge black hole that threatened to destroy Central City. But the next season won't pick up where we left off, as there will be a significant time jump.
The finale shook everything up, rewriting the timeline and potentially changing the entire world. We already know that Thawn's Reverse-Flash has been wiped from existence, and Tom Cavanaugh is set to return as a Harrison Wells from another timeline. But, according to Gustin, the first few episodes will reveal more changes to this brave new world.
The Flash returns for season two on October 6 at 8pm ET on The CW.