The first season of The Flash ended on a jaw-dropping cliffhanger, with Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) racing into a black hole that threatened to swallow all of Central City. While the events will have a lasting impact on the series, the second season will open up six months after the events of the finale. The premiere episode will see Barry facing off against a new metahuman, but the impact of the black hole will be explored throughout the season.
As the second season approaches, The CW is revealing new plot details and casting updates to build anticipation for the premiere. The season will open up the DC multiverse, introducing alternate realities as well as new allies and villains for the team at S.T.A.R. Labs. While the roster is beginning to feel a little crowded, there's always room for more character's from the Flash's rich history.
TV Line reports that The CW has cast newcomer Violett Beane as Jesse Quick, another speedster in DC Comics' continuity. This will mark Beane's first television role, though she has worked on the two upcoming films Flay and Slash. She will be featured in multiple episodes in the second season, caught between the Flash and Zoom, the overarching villain of the season. Jesse Quick is described as "brilliant, but quirky" and is attending college in Central City.
In the comics, Jesse Quick is an alias for Jesse Chambers, the daughter of two Golden Age heroes named Johnny Quick and Liberty Belle. She inherited abilities from both parents, including speed from her father and super strength from her mother. While Jesse is connected to the Speed Force like Barry, she accesses it through the visualization of a mathematical formula.
Additionally, the series has cast a new villain for the upcoming season. ComicBook.com confirms that Demore Barnes (Hemlock Grove) has been cast as Henry Hewitt, who is better known as the Firestorm villain Tokamak. The character is described as follows:
"A charming, but cocky scientist who was affected by the same Particle Accelerator explosion that created the Flash. When Caitlin Snow (Danielle Panabaker) recruits him to join the team at S.T.A.R. Labs, Hewitt jumps at the opportunity to fulfill his destiny as a powerful metahuman."
Tokamak is a relatively minor character in DC Comics continuity, but has appeared sporadically in Firestorm comics since his introduction in 1983. Henry Hewitt is the CEO of Hewitt Corporation as well as a high ranking member of the 2000, a criminal organization dedicated to taking over the world by the year 2000. He gains his powers by trying to recreate the accident that made Firestorm, giving himself the power to manipulate energy.
While Tokamak isn't a name casual fans will recognize, hopefully his appearance in the series indicates that Ronnie Raymond and Martin Stein (Robbie Amell and Victor Garber respectively) will have a more active role in the season. Firestorm will play a role in the upcoming spinoff series DC's Legends of Tomorrow, so it's most likely that the character will get some attention in the weeks leading up to the new series (just like Hawkman and White Canary).
Jesse Quick's introduction into the Flash universe makes sense too, considering the character's background and relationship with Zoom. The character is the daughter of two heroes most closely associated with the alternate dimension of Earth-Two. Seeing as Barry will be exploring the multiverse in the second season, this will open up interesting possibilities for the character's origins and her existence in Central City. Additionally, Jesse Quick once sacrificed her speed powers to help the Flash finally defeat Zoom, so it's possible her role in the series will be larger than anticipated.
The Flash season two begins Tuesday, October 6, at 8PM on The CW; Arrow season four begins Wednesday, October 7, at 8PM on The CW; and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow is expected to debut in early 2016 on The CW.