This weekend at San Diego Comic-Con, fans of TV’s The Flash are in for a treat, as appearances by Patty Spivot, Jay Garrick, and Wally West are all scheduled for Season 2.
Remember that epic fight scene Barry had with Reverse-Flash at the end of Season 1? Well, the helmet that flew out of the time machine was that of Jay Garrick, the first Flash. Garrick’s part will be played by Masters of Sex star Teddy Sears. Given that Sears isn’t even 40 years old, it’s safe to assume that he will be time displaced from whatever or whenever Multiverse he came from.
Garrick won’t be the only member of the speedster family to join the show. Executive Producer Andrew Kreisberg also confirmed that Wally West – those who grew up watching the animated Justice League may now scream – will be making his debut. Current canon has Wally West as a troubled teenager, related to Iris, that Barry takes under his wing. It’s unknown whether or not this Wally has speedster skills, too.
Professor Zoom is also set to make his debut as the big bad. This is a bit confusing, as Eobard Thawne’s alter ego in the comic books is Professor Zoom; however, comic book canon says that there are several Reverse-Flashes/Zooms, so who knows who the TV version will be?
The final announcement came in the form of Barry’s new love interest and Joe West’s new partner (RIP Eddie), Patty Spivot. She’ll be played by The Messengers’ Shantel VanSanten. It’s said she’ll be more obsessive over metahumans, but won’t know Barry’s identity (right away, at least). Hopefully, she’s more of a contributing character than just another way to get Iris jealous, but who knows.
The Flash returns to the CW October 6, 2015.