Most of DC Comics' superheroes have often been associated with only one character, but there are a few of the publisher's superhero identities that will occasionally change ownership. Robin, for example, is a title that's been held by several characters over the years, and the same can be said of Green Lantern (though in this case there's actually an entire corps of Green Lanterns spread across the universe).
The Flash, too, is a legacy title, with different characters bearing that name across history. On The CW's The Flash, Grant Gustin plays Barry Allen, the Silver Age Flash and the second hero to bear that name. Other prominent Flashes are Jay Garrick, the first Flash, and Barry's successor, Wally West. Both of these characters are set to appear during season 2 of The Flash, but, as it turns out, they won't be the only legacy characters to do so. Doctor Light, an identity which first belonged to a villain but whose second incarnation made the character a hero, is also coming to The Flash this year.
The scoop comes via TV Line's Michael Aussiello, who learned from Flash showrunner Gabrielle Stanton that the Doctor Light appearing this season is a woman.
"Arrow addicts may recall Cisco and Caitlin making mention of ex-S.T.A.R. Labs employee Doctor Light when they first appeared in Season 2’s “The Man Under the Hood.” Turns out, that was some stealthy foreshadowing. Stanton tells us that the metahuman will turn up this season on The Flash — but “it’s going to be the female version” of the character."
The female and second version of Doctor Light from the comics is Kimiyo Hoshi, a Japanese astronomer who was given photonic powers by The Monitor during DC's universe-ending event series, Crisis on Infinite Earths. Kimiyo had a prominent role to play during that crisis and appeared again during Infinite Crisis and its follow-up series, but she remains only an occasional superhero (sometimes even depowered) and has yet to appear in the DC Comics' line post-Flashpoint.
Whether The Flash's Doctor Light - who may in fact be named Dr. Light, given Arrow's earlier allusion to the character - will be a hero or villain remains to be seen. And in fact, it wouldn't be out of the ordinary for the show to combine aspects from each version - the villainous Arthur Light as well as the scientist, Kimiyo - into one character, creating their own spin on Doctor Light, much like they've done with several DC characters already.
And speaking of toying with our expectations of already established DC characters, The Flash's version of Wally West will also be a little different, as Ausiello also learned.
"It sounds like the spinoff will be putting its own twist on Keiynan Lonsdale’s junior speedster when it returns on Oct. 6. “We are a doing our special Flash magic where we take a comic book character and give it just a little bit of a ‘Hmmm,’ so that you’re like, “Oh!” showrunner Gabrielle Stanton says. And while she’s mum on specifics, Stanton did tease that Wally will be incorporated “in a really, really cool way… that I don’t think the audience will see coming. He will definitely have a very interesting and close relationship with Team Flash."
Screen Rant has previously speculated that The CW's version of Wally West would pull most heavily from the more recent, New 52 version of the character, but even then there would need to be liberties taken with his character. For instance, Wally obviously shares a surname with Joe and Iris West, but we have yet to hear any mention of another West sibling or cousin on The Flash. And given how much time travel has already factored into the series (something we'll likely see more of in season 2), their Wally West could come from an entirely different time or reality, opening up infinite possibilities for how he'll connect to Barry.
What do you of all the new characters The Flash is expected to introduce next season? Will their Doctor Light be a hero, villain, or a little of both? And how do you think The Flash will put their own spin on fan favorite, Wally West? Drop us a line in the comments below!
The Flash returns for season 2 Tuesday, October 6th, at 8PM on The CW.
Source: TV Line