It was announced at San Diego Comic-Con in July that Masters of Sex star Teddy Sears will recur in The Flash Season 2 as Jay Garrick, a.k.a. the Golden Age Flash. Now we have our first image of Sears as the Flash from Earth 2 (sort of) in a throwback image to when Barry Allen and Jay first teamed up together in the comics.
The CW has released this poster on social media of Grant Gustin’s Barry and Sears’ Jay together for the first time, and comic book fans will recognize it as an homage to the cover of 1961’s The Flash #123, also known as “Flash of Two Worlds!” Not only was this the first time that Barry and Jay met, but it also introduced the concept of the multiverse in DC Comics. During that period, Barry lived on Earth One, and after vibrating his molecules, he inadvertently transported himself on Earth Two, the world where Jay and other prominent superheroes from the 1940s resided.
Surprisingly, Jay’s TV costume is a close match to what he wore in the pre-New 52 years. The lightning bolt on his shirt is only outlined in yellow rather than fully colored, and he’s wearing dark red gloves rather than going barehanded; but otherwise, the outfit looks faithful to his comic book costume. He’s also wearing his trademark winged helmet, which was seen in The Flash Season 1 finale flying through the temporal portal that Barry opened. According to the SDCC announcement, Jay will come to Central City to warn Barry and the S.T.A.R. Labs team “of an impending danger that he alone cannot hope to stop.”
As for the rest of the poster, both heroes are still racing next to a brick column with a city looming in the background. Instead of a man, though, both Flashes are rushing to save a woman who is in danger of being burned, rather than crushed by a falling beam. It’s hard to tell who that is going just off the blonde hair, but candidates might include Felicity Smoak (even though she’s on Arrow), Barry’s new love interest Patty Spivot (played by Shantel VanSanten) or even a blonde Caitlin Snow. (Her hubby knows a thing or two about burning things, after all.)
It’s been hinted that the singularity that Barry was trying to neutralize in “Fast Enough” may end up taking him to Earth 2 in the Season 2 premiere, but even if that is the case, it’s still unclear whether Barry will meet Jay there or if their first interaction will be on Earth 1, a.k.a. The Flash’s main world.
The Flash Season 2 will debut on Tuesday, October 6, in its normal timeslot on The CW.