Jesse L. Martin Joins The Cast Of THE FLASH As 'Detective West'

Law & Order star Jesse L. Martin is the latest addition to the cast of The CW's The Flash, and we have new details on his role as 'Detective West' in the series. Hit the jump for further details!

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By Josh Wilding - 1/21/2014

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Law & Order's Jesse L. Martin has signed up to play Detective West alongside Grant Gustin's Barry Allen/The Flash. According to a description posted by the site, Martin will portray, "an honest, blue-collar cop who is a surrogate father to Barry. A soulful, funny and caring father to Iris -- Barry's potential love interest -- West came up through the foster care system and took Barry in after his mother's slaying and father's imprisonment. He believes in Barry and supports his efforts to prove his father's innocence." Originally set to use an upcoming episode of Arrow as a backdoor pilot, the plan is to now give The Flash his own pilot episode this Fall. How do you guys feel about this news?
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TheSonOfKrypton - 1/21/2014, 1:11 PM
He seems like a likeable enough guy
themidnightking - 1/21/2014, 1:13 PM
Make the damn movie already! I hate reading the script while knowing that WB/DC are beating around the bush with it.
batz11 - 1/21/2014, 1:15 PM
So no Ghostbuster guy?
Odin - 1/21/2014, 1:17 PM

Kurne - 1/21/2014, 1:21 PM
You guys should check out Gustin's instagram... He is RIPPED...
Kurne - 1/21/2014, 1:21 PM
Still don't like him as Barry though :P
jacobcherry1993 - 1/21/2014, 1:25 PM
He was a main character in RENT (The Original Broadway Cast AND Film) he's a phenomenal actor. (And singer, not that it matters in this case) I'm okay with this choice.
themidnightking - 1/21/2014, 1:26 PM
@kurne it's too late now :P
superotherside - 1/21/2014, 1:30 PM
That's fine. I'll judge the show when I see it. I really liked Grant as Flash.
JJJameson - 1/21/2014, 1:30 PM
The fact that [frick]ing Quicksilver will show up in not just one, but two movie franchises before Flash gets some real big screen treatment shows how much Warner is completely clueless when it comes to the DC Comics Universe?
Jer3miah - 1/21/2014, 1:30 PM
Shit. What happened to Ernie Hudson???
paperboy48 - 1/21/2014, 1:31 PM
I'm guessing his son will be named Wally?
santoanderson - 1/21/2014, 1:34 PM
I still think this standalone Flash TV series is a bad idea, considering how eager WB is to get a Justice League movie off the ground. Pick lesser-known, ancillary characters and make series' about them.
beto - 1/21/2014, 1:35 PM
Not bad

beto - 1/21/2014, 1:35 PM
Minghagz - 1/21/2014, 1:37 PM
Maybe one of the many reasons they pushed back on the Superman/Batman movie date was to help establish this Flash first so they can incorporate him as a cameo along with Arrow's GA.
Jhuntdaprodigy - 1/21/2014, 1:39 PM
@Zauri Not saying I don't agree with how ridiculous it is that (in the 2000s) DC so far has only been successful with a Batman Trilogy and one Superman movie so far, I will say that Quicksilver will probably play a pretty small role in DOFP and he'll be part of an ensemble in AOU. Marvel definitely would make a Quicksilver solo film right out the gate, that'd be 10x more riskier than a Flash film.
CrimsonFlash - 1/21/2014, 1:43 PM
Sounds good to me. Should be an interesting show. I thought the take of Barry was pretty interesting on Arrow.
MediaMan - 1/21/2014, 1:49 PM
I always liked him on L&O. He should be good in this...
Zordan - 1/21/2014, 1:49 PM
detective lance, detectve west, fathers of hero's girlfriend, hm?
soforizo - 1/21/2014, 1:52 PM
Don't know this dude at all. I hope Ernie is still involved.
SuperCat - 1/21/2014, 1:58 PM
Loved him on "Law & Order!"
JoshuaDBr - 1/21/2014, 2:03 PM
Sounds good to me.
GliderMan - 1/21/2014, 2:04 PM
But I wanted the Ghostbuster guyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

*cries*
Eugene - 1/21/2014, 2:11 PM
Tom Collins?
InfiniteMonkey - 1/21/2014, 2:16 PM
Wow, Flash is an original founding member of the Justice League.
He's relegated to playing this on the tube?
He should be on the big screen MAAAN!
QuestiontheAnswer - 1/21/2014, 2:20 PM
Flash in a solo film would be ridiculous.
Arrowhead77 - 1/21/2014, 2:22 PM
Great actor and should be great in the role!! Very exciting!! But I love Ernie Hudson too.
Battabing - 1/21/2014, 2:26 PM
@Zauri

Notice how nobody in the media is even talking about Quicksilver?
The only speedster people are excited for is The Flash.
maninfinesuit - 1/21/2014, 2:30 PM
Really dug this Gustin kid's appearances on Arrow. Looking forward to seeing what he's capable of when he gets the full spotlight. If this show winds up half as good as Arrow, then it should be a treat.
mrHJK - 1/21/2014, 2:36 PM
Haven't followed Arrow after the first couple of episodes but I'm super excited for this show
Irisharmyguy79 - 1/21/2014, 2:40 PM
I'm so sick of DC/WB changing the race of major characters just because they can or because of fear of protest the NAACP! This casting only makes sense if they go with the story of how Iris and her brothers dad was abusive and he adopts them and Barry. He is a great actor and it's a good choice but I just don't want to see Iris changed which will definitely have an effect on wally west! Just not fair to screw with the mythology so drastically!
captainmarvel99 - 1/21/2014, 2:49 PM
I get where your going irisharmguy79 kinda like making johnny storm micheal b joshson but its the way it going now. I know since its the new 52 they will change wally race to connect with the tv shows. they changed nick fury in the 616 to nick fury jr after the movies.
YoDawg - 1/21/2014, 2:54 PM
@bravado

Dat Ass tho...is the World's Finest ass.
GUNSMITH - 1/21/2014, 2:57 PM
I WANNA SEE THE FLASH SUIT
Klone - 1/21/2014, 3:01 PM
So they hire a guy that plays a black detective to play another black detective? Lol.
gambgel - 1/21/2014, 3:05 PM
Im sure this show will be 10 times better than Agents of Shield and Arrow

Cant wait to see a modern Flash tv show. will be sooo fun
Tevii - 1/21/2014, 3:11 PM
Such racist bullshit. Instead of replacing every damn white character with a black replacement, just CREATE new black characters.

DIGGLE is a freakin awesome character and he is completely original.

Future generations will look back at this period of cinema, television and comics as an equally racist period as the 20's, 30's and 40's. Too bad we never learn
NoPhucksGiven - 1/21/2014, 3:11 PM
Who the [frick] is this asshole?
BruceWayneNewton - 1/21/2014, 3:16 PM
I did love this guy on Law and Order. I think he will be great. Bring on the show!
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