THE FLASH Showrunners Want To Eventually Add Wally West
Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg, executive producers of The CW's Flash were on stage for the show's PaleyFest panel, along with Jesse L. Martin (Det. West) and Candice Patton (Iris West). One of the topics discussed was the fact that the West's are African-American on the show and what that would mean if fan-favorite Flash, Wall West was ever introduced on the show.
At The Flash's PaleyFest panel last night, showrunners on The CW's freshman superhero drama revealed to the audience that they eventually hope to bring in another Flash, Wally West. And he'll be African-American, just like in the New 52.
Said Greg Berlanti, "We made [the] Wests African-American so that we could head in that direction." Kreisberg added, "When DC reintroduced Wally [in the New 52], he was African-American."
Kreisberg is correct. As most comic book fans know, prior to the reboot of the DC Comics universe in 2011 , Wally West was a much older, caucasian male. However, when West made his New 52 debut in The Flash #30 he was African-American, younger and had a new "street" backstory. Series writers Van Jensen and Robert Venditti made it clear that the new direction for Wally West came from DC Comics and was not something they pitched. In September's Future's End Flash tie-in , the series jumps ahead 5 years and features a very Impulse-inspired version of Wally West as Kid Flash. With time travel also in play on The CW's Flash, perhaps this is the direction the show will take to introduce Wally as well? We'll have to wait and see as season one of the new CW superhero drama kicks off Tuesday, October 7th at 8 PM EST.
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