In The Flash Season 1, Barry Allen wasn’t in good company when it came to people with super speed. The only other speedster was Eobard Thawne, a.k.a. Reverse-Flash, his deadliest enemy from the future who masqueraded as Barry’s friend for most of the season in order to try to return to his own time period. Fortunately when Season 2 rolls around later this fall, Barry will have more benevolent speedsters on his side, but not to worry, they won’t be taking all the attention away from our lead hero.
Executive producer Gabrielle Stanton informed TV Line that the new heroes being introduced on The Flash won’t take the focus away from Barry, but will rather showcase to the audience different interpretations of DC’s most famous speedsters alongside the main Scarlet Speedster. In Stanton’s words:
We didn’t want Barry to get lonely so we thought we’d bring in some more speedsters. It’s always Barry’s journey. The Flash is always about Barry, but these people who come in will show us different ways that the Flash can be.
One of the new speedsters being brought aboard in Season 2 is Jay Garrick, played by Teddy Sears. Hailing from Earth 2, Jay is a more experienced Flash that will serve as Barry’s new mentor. Then there’s also Wally West, played by Keiynan Lonsdale. It hasn’t been revealed whether he’ll start out as a speedster (specifically Kid Flash) or just be a civilian when he debuts. All Stanton was willing to reveal is that he will have an “a very interesting and close relationship” with Barry and the S.T.A.R. Labs team. Executive producer Greg Berlanti also hinted earlier in the year that we may eventually see Bart Allen, though fans may not get to see that in Season 2 given all the speedsters being introduced.
Unfortunately for all the good speedsters, there will also be a bad one running around in in the fall. At San Diego Comic-Con, it was announced that Zoom will be the “scary as hell” main antagonist for The Flash Season 2, and while we don’t know yet who is playing him or what his background on the show will be, he is said to be faster than both Flash and Reverse-Flash. What might make Zoom different from all the other fast people on the show is that his perceived speed doesn’t come from running. In the comics, Zoom, a.k.a. Hunter Zolomon, instead is able to manipulate time around him, thus giving the appearance of moving quickly. This also means he can’t harness the Speed Force, which may be the key to defeating him in the TV show.
These new speedsters will run across our screens when The Flash Season 2 premieres on Tuesday, October 6 at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.