‘The Flash’ Pilot Adds ‘Law & Order’ Alum Jesse L. Martin

Published 1 year ago by , Updated June 26th, 2014 at 6:10 pm,

Jesse L Martin in Law and Order The Flash Pilot Adds Law & Order Alum Jesse L. Martin

The CW’s Arrow is back after ending the first half of its season with the reveal of Barry Allen’s origins as superhero The Flash. Now fans of the show will have to follow that particular subplot out of Arrow and into The Flash, Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg’s spinoff series that has been in development since last summer.

Character descriptions for the TV versions of Detective West and Iris West were uncovered last year, to the usual assortment of grumblings about character race changes, and as Berlanti, Kreisberg and co. gear up to produce the pilot episode of The Flash with Grant Gustin playing the lead, another name has been added to the cast.

That name is Jesse L. Martin, according to a report by Deadline. Martin, best known for playing homicide detective Ed Green on police procedural and legal drama Law and Order, is sticking with familiar ground by taking on the role of Detective West. He was apparently approached for several pilots before settling on The Flash, which has not yet been given a full series order and therefore has a lot riding on the standalone pilot episode.

Arrow Stephen Amell with Grant Gustin The Flash Pilot Adds Law & Order Alum Jesse L. Martin

According to the character description, Detective West has acted as a surrogate father to Barry Allen ever since his mother’s murder and his father’s imprisonment. West believes Barry’s account of the night of the murder and supports Barry in his mission to find his mother true killer, so it’s possible that West helped to cover for Barry during his sojourn to Starling City. He’s described as an “honest, blue-collar cop” who is also a “soulful, funny and caring” father to Iris West, who in The Flash will be a grad school psychology student and Barry’s best friend since childhood.

Giving Barry close ties to the Central City Police Department (where he also works as a forensic scientist) provides a convenient way for him to obtain details local crime activity and fight against it as The Flash, and the fact that his surrogate father and mentor is a cop reinforces his motivation to clean up the streets of Central City. The search for his mother’s killer also provides a strong backbone for a series story arc, so all in all there’s plenty for the showrunners to work with.

Now that casting announcements have begun, expect news on who will be playing Iris West very soon.


The Flash will most likely premiere on The CW in late 2014.

Source: Deadline

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  1. I do hope The Flash pilot episode is a success, I believe it’ll be better than Arrow’s pilot episode. I’m interested who’ll be playing Iris West. As of now, Felicity and Barry have a thing and I’m alright with that. I want to see a development between Barry and Iris in later episodes nor seasons, instead the Oliver and Laurel situation where they have dated before etc.

    And I doubt that we’ll see Wally West any time in the series, references of him is a good way. I mean we’ve got a young Barry Allen and Wally is probably like 6 or 7 years old.

  2. Great casting choice I’m just anxious on who are they going to cast as Professor Zoom. I really hope they pick this up for a full season. We need more shows like Arrow even if it’s on a small network like the CW.

    • Oh yes! I love Professor Zoom, he’s an interesting villain. Hearing Barry talk about his mother’s death and he thought he saw a “blur”, I literally screamed, “Professor ZOOM!”.
      I wanted Zoom to be featured in later season, keep in the shadows for this season (If it get’s picked up). I want to see The Rouges in this series, have each members appear one episode through the season and develop them slowly that’ll lead them become The Rouges.

      • Professor Zoom is my all-time favorite villain from The Flash comics, as far as a Flash nemesis goes. In fact, if I were king, I would do the Green Lantern #2 movie, with Hal Jordan/Green Lantern teaming up with Barry Allen/Flash to fight Sinestro and Professor Zoom. What a slobber-knocker between evenly-matched opponents that would be, hmmmm? Plus it would give DC/Warner an even bigger tent-pole, and save them the expense of having to make two individual movies (GL; Flash). Still not big enough to levitate you right out of your popcorn-butter-encrusted theater-seats? Well, then, good…throw in Time Commander as an extra cosmic villain, and now GL and Flash have troubles and their work cut out for them! (Now outta the way…I gotta get to the phone for when DC/Warner calls and asks me to be their next writer!).

    • You said it, Ratso! Arrow has impressed me, and that is coming from someone who actually did not care all that much for Green Arrow in the comics!

  3. Nice choice CW! He was great in Law and Order

    • Two solid casting choices so far! I hope they cast some Doctor Who, Torchwood, Spartacus, Firefly etc like they did in Arrow. Imagine David Tenant playing Captain Boomerang or Mirror Master make it happen!

      • David Tenant in this show is something that needs to happen yesterday.

  4. Oh man. Is he going to be the diggle of the flash. I wouldn’t mind. Cw stepping it up. Cant wait.

  5. Great casting.

  6. Excited to see how the pilot goes. I hope it does great!

  7. How about john wesley shipp for professor zoom or he could play his real dad

  8. This is good news! Great actor for a good role.

    I am getting slightly concerned though. It sounds like they are using pretty much every part of the Arrow series story in here….

    Young hero with a dead parent and a long time female friend with a cop as a father who he can use to get intel from? I hope they dont mimic it directly.

    • Yes it seems they are using a similar formula. But it is working well for Arrow and hopefully it work well for The Flash tv series.

  9. I’m going to check out the pilot and several episodes, but to be honest… I’m still not liking Grant Gustin as Barry, and usually that’s not a good sign for me :(

  10. They have already cast a few people from Spartacus so why not go after Liam Mcyntire. I would love to see him in either Arrow or The Flash series. Maybe have him play Captain Boomerang. That would be great.

    • @Rabbit93 nah…I see Liam Mcyntire more of a civilian (non-powered) Hal Jordan if he ever makes an upcoming appearance in Season 3 of Arrow. If not I would settle for a Green Lantern and Flash team up!

      • Yeah think it would be more likely be a Green Lantern and Flash team up, if it happened. But I think that Captain Boomerang is close to being revealed. With the Suicide Squad starting to form, he can’t be too far away.

  11. Ok now imgetting excited for this. Jessie is anamazing actor and performer. I see no issues with this casting and I can see this show being bigger than arrow.

  12. hes a solid actor,although i was holding out hope that my boy ernie hudson would get the part,not a bad consolation prize tho