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The Flash Season 2 won’t premiere until this fall, but new details are beginning to trickle in regarding what fans of the Scarlet Speedster can expect to see. Yesterday, we learned that Barry will be getting a new love interest in the form of the spunk, science whiz Wendy. Now a new report says that Barry Allen will be joined by another hero when the show returns in the fall, and that hero is expected to stick around during the entirety of the sophomore season.
This mysterious hero is listed on the casting call as “John Clark” a handsome, square-jawed man in his 30s to early 40s. TVLine describes him as being slightly cynical “with an edge.” The name is a pseudonym referring to DC Comics letterer John Clark, who worked on books like All-Star Squadron and Infinity Inc, so the folks at The Flash are keeping his true identity a mystery for the time being. Arrow did the same thing last year with Ray Palmer by referring to him as Daniel.
Read on for details on who this new hero could be.
With all the heroes in the DC Comics library, it’s hard to pinpoint where to even begin guessing his identity. One hero that came to my mind was Hawkman. He’s typically illustrated as being handsome, he has the square jaw and definitely has the edge. However, for the sake of narrowing down possibilities, let’s limit our search to characters directly connected to the Flash mythos. With that in mind, my guess is this might be fellow speedster Jay Garrick, the first Flash from the comics. Viewers got a tease about Jay in the Season 1 finale “Fast Enough” when his helmet came flying through the time portal. Despite Jay typically being depicted as several decades older than this John Clark, there have been younger versions of him, like in Smallville or the current Earth 2 comic book. Even if he’s in his 30s or 40s, that still gives him 10+ years experience over Barry. Jay also usually doesn’t have much of an edge to him, but maybe hunting criminals across various parallel worlds and timelines has hardened him.
Whoever this man ends up being, he won’t be the first hero operating alongside the Flash in Central City. Oliver Queen, a.k.a. The Arrow, visited several times during Season 1. As far as other metahumans go, there was Ronnie Raymond and Martin Stein’s combined form Firestorm, who fought with Barry against General Wade Eiling and the Reverse-Flash. Fans also got a look at Legends of Tomorrow star Hawkgirl in “Fast Enough,” though this may have been before she becomes the winged crimefighter.
The Flash Season 2 will premiere in its same timeslot on The CW starting in October.