The Flash Casts Kid Flash for Season 2

After first teasing his appearance back in March, Wally West is finally—officially—heading to The Flash. The CW series has tapped Australian actor Keiynan Lonsdale (Insurgent) to play the iconic character from the comic books, who becomes Kid Flash. Lonsdale will make his debut on the show this winter.

"Just like when we met [Flash star Grant Gustin] for the first time, we instantly knew Keiynan embodied all the heart and courage of a hero," executive producer Andrew Kreisberg said in a statement. "We are so excited to be bringing this much-beloved character onto the show."

There's no word yet on whether Kid Flash will make an appearance on DC's Legends of Tomorrow, the spin-off from the Arrow/Flash universe that will premiere midseason.

The Flash returns Tuesday, October 6 at 8pm on The CW. Are you looking forward to the introduction of Kid Flash?

This article originally appears on TV Guide.com.

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Jan 05, 2016
If they wanted to go for someone black, they should have picked someone funny. I can already tell they are going to make him too serious.
Trevor Noah would have been PERFECT!! + he's hot AF & OMG his accent!
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Oct 27, 2015
I really miss the old red-headed wally west in young justice and it would be awesome to see him again after he died. But seriously I don't care if iris and joe are black but they have seriously have messed it up this time and the red head needs to come back it has almost ruined the show for me :(
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Jan 03, 2016
noob. black is so much better. They tried white in the 90s... they were just horrible... The black wally in the white costume makes so much more sense. White wally in reverse flash costume is kind of annoying.
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Aug 27, 2015
Aaargh Kid Flash seriously? Uugh please do not mess up this series with crappy kid story lines.
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Aug 14, 2015
I am most looking forward to see how this is played out in terms of relation to the Wests and Time Travel, the age of the actor makes me think he will be Iris's brother, but then I really dont want Joe to have had son that he knew nothing about. But then with the use of the multiverse maybe we might only be getting glimpses into the character. IDK, i just really hope it is done well and not too much uncessary drama is created in the Wests household due to his arrival.
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Aug 21, 2015
I would think that Wally would be Joe's nephew / Iris' cousin. Or maybe, Joe got a little something, something from the blonde in Barry's old house and the baby grew up at super speed...
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Aug 07, 2015
any1who thought they were getting ginger wally should be steralised immediately just a little common sense goes along

the only problem with this show is iris 's writing gorgeous and actually can act her story arc suck
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Aug 07, 2015
I'm annoyed they made Wally West black, I wanted my red-headed science nerd! And if anyone tries to spin this as raciest, screw you!

In the comics, they made him a delinquent, who goes to jail & a bit of a screw up in general. NOPE! #NotMyWallyWest
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Sep 12, 2015
&I; wanted my red-headed science nerd!

Cassandra, The Librarians
or...
Claudia, reruns of Warehouse 13
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Aug 17, 2015
Gingers don't belong on tv they are the devil's creation!
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Sep 12, 2015
Just because they don't have souls doesn't make them the Devil's creation!
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Aug 12, 2015
See people like this get on my nerves I mean I get what you mean I miss old red head Wally too and they could have made this guy a whole different character but that doesn't ruin everything I'm gonna at least give this kid a chance and screw us screw you
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Aug 18, 2015
ummm, I never said I wasn't going to watch, I just don't like the casting.
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Aug 09, 2015
"And if anyone tries to spin this as raciest, screw you!"

Well that protects you from such nefarious allegations, doesn't it!
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Aug 10, 2015
Welcome to the internet! Where everyone's overly sensitive & enjoys being mean for the sake of being mean.
I would never have to defend myself if my DP was of someone black.
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Aug 18, 2015
its got nothing to do with black or not
you have presumably watched the 1st season you know the wests are black so asking for the ginger wally is a little unlikely
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Aug 12, 2015
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Aug 12, 2015
...Boyofwonder, I feel like you're America.
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Aug 06, 2015
So, not a ginger. Fits the modern theme of revamps and reboots, also character-wise. And it makes sense if he is to be related to the West family as pictured on the show.

I only saw Keiynan Lonsdale briefly on Insurgent (and he didn't look like such a kid in the movie), but thought he made a decent turn. Enough to make me remember his character. Admittedly it wasn't a role that required one to show any great acting range.

If I have any issue with this development, it's that it might be too early to add any (potential) sidekicks. It was a stretch when Arrow did it with Roy, way before Oliver solidified his vigilante persona in any way - but given his accumulated experience on the island, it made some sense. Barry, on the other hand, is still quite a fledgling, very young and immature (at least when in the presence of Iris).

But perhaps Wally West is meant to be Barry's equal from the get go... and then we might run into a problem of two Flashes competing for attention.
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Aug 06, 2015
I read a lot of people complaining about that he is black...but Iris West is black too and she gets to marry Barry...and Wally is their grandson...so it is possible that the children of Barry and Iris are not completely white??? I look forward for the new season...love this show..
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Aug 12, 2015
Thank yiu
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Aug 06, 2015
You're getting your Flashes confused. Wally West is Iris West's nephew, hence the surname of West. Since Iris is Black on the series, this makes sense, and it's fairly consistent with the new version of Wally in the comics. Who you're thinking about is Bart Allen, who was formerly known as Impulse, and is the current Kid Flash. He was also the 4th Flash in the comics replacing both Barry Allen and Wally West. Bart is the futuristic grandson of both Barry and Iris who traveled back in time to meet his grandparents.
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Aug 17, 2015
You are right...sorry about the mix up...i was just trying to make a point! :):)
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Aug 06, 2015
Question?
Is the Flash actually going to be in an episode this season? There is only 22 episodes and I've heard of 26 guest and 2 cross- overs!!
Just like these idiots to ruin the show with all this extra CRAP!!!! just because of an O.K. first season
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Aug 07, 2015
its not the ok 1st season that ruins its all the prep for a mid season spin-off that is going to ruin it
the barry arc was 2 eps in season2 arrow perfect
the whole season opening for flash S2 n arrow S4 will be setting up for legends
but truth be told im still going to watch flash, arrow and legends
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Aug 06, 2015
Okay...the Arrow sucked (preening, over-acting...) but The Flash was worth watching. (I was a bit upset that Grant Gustin was being left out of the movie)

Now, we're making Wally West BLACK? ...really?

The Flash was the last CW I would watch (the rest is just general crap) -

Goodbye Flash...you had a good first season, too bad you suck now
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Aug 06, 2015
1. DC made the change themselves a year ago in their New 52 reboot.

2. His last name is "West", so he's obviously related to Joe and Iris who are clearly black. Why does this surprise you?

3. You feel The Flash was worth watching, had a good first season and Grant deserved to be in the movie and yet all of that goes out the window because of another black character? The entirety of the show you claim was worth watching is now destroyed and is demoted to "it sucks" not because of poor writing or poor acting or poor quality in general but simply because another popular character is black? Another black character is all that's needed to make you walk away and never watch it again?

WOW. Close-minded much? I can only imagine how you initially responded to the news that Joe and Iris would be black before the show aired.
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Aug 06, 2015
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Aug 06, 2015
In all fairness, they're following the comics, which made Wally West black in the latest reboot. I don't agree with the changes, but DC is the one at fault, not CW.
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Aug 06, 2015
Wasn't the big controversy over Wally being made black in the first place on rather if DC made him a racist stereotype or not? I remember a few message boarders were people hated how Wally came from a broken family , appeared to be a thug, and how white Barry appeared to be setting him on the right path aka the white man's burden formula.
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Aug 07, 2015
I don't know. I'm just generally against taking a magic wand to existing characters in order to diversify a system. I'm all for a diverse cast, but create a new characters that happen to be nonwhite, female, and/or not straight.
"Hey, Wally West is now black. Isn't that interesting?" No. It's not.
"Hey, Bobby Drake and Alan Scott are now gay!" Please stop.
"Thor's now a woman! How awesome is that?" Very much not.

Thor isn't quite as bad because it's a new character who happened to gain Thor's powers, but you know what? When other characters gained Thor's powers, they went by Thunderstrike and Beta Ray Bill.

I was equally upset about Falcon becoming the new Captain America. I would've been fine with it if they had pulled Isaiah Bradley from the past, or had Eli step up, or even gotten Justice (Josiah Bradley) to take up the mantle. But all they did was take Falcon, and give him a shield. :-/

Nick Fury was initially okay because they had created this entire alternate universe, but then they decided that 616 Nick needed to be black too, so they decided to replace him, with his fully grown son, who also happened to be named Nick, and has to wear an eye patch over the same eye as his dad, and has enough experience to become the direct SHIELD despite no one having known about him until the change.

Ugh.
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Aug 07, 2015
I have mixed opinion on diversifying existing characters in general myself. I had no problem with black Nick Fury in other media like Avengers Earth's Mightiest Heroes or Wolverine and the X-Men because those versions were incorporating elements from the old school Marvel and Ultimate universe versions. I did think it was lame for them to write out white Nick Fury in the main books just to get his unknown black son to replace him to match the movies.

On one hand if you are going to diversify a cast it should be done right. I remember Spectacular Spider-Man did that with Peter's classmates, but the characters were treated like actual characters instead of walking stereotypes that I didn't mind at all. For one of DC's universe reboots where they start everything over I can see why they might want to think of diversifying some existing characters like Wally, but at the same time it might not add anything knew or it is handled wrong. I guess for me it can be annoying, but I'm not fully opposed to it only wish it is done in a way where the writers aren't focusing on race rather than the character.

I agree it is better to create newer characters to diversify the comic universe or give more focus to your already existing non-white characters.
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Aug 06, 2015
There were debates about that and yea, it is pretty stereotypical.
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Aug 06, 2015
I could care less about skin color but c'mon you had to have known he'd be black when they cast Iris and Joe West. Shouldn't be a shock.
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Aug 06, 2015
Can't wait to hear the various accents when Arrow and Flash return.
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Aug 06, 2015
Seriously, not trying to come up with puns here, but it sure feels like The Flash series is going way too fast with all of those introductions...

'Could have waited until season 3 on that one.

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Aug 06, 2015
My personal theory is that they are bringing Wally in as Iris' cousin who is simply visiting family and not having him become a speedster until next season. Introducing too many speedsters all at once could be disastrous for the show and I would like to think Berlanti and Co know that (then again, they did give us the "gem" known as Arrow season 3.)

For me personally, even as a fan of The Flash comics, don't like the idea of too many powered heros being introduced to The Flash so early on. Barry is still developing as a hero himself and learning how to control his speed and abilities. I feel as though it would take away from Barry's journey to introduce all these speedsters who potentially catch on way quicker than Barry. (One of my annoyances with smallville, how Clark barely understood his abilities while the meteor freaks all flipped on a switch and fully controlled them.)
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Aug 06, 2015
I can get Jay. An older speedster who actually good serves as foil Thawn/Wells. I don't mind him teaching or showing Barry a think or two as the new mentor. I like your theory that they want to establish and flesh Wally out as a character before they make him Kid Flash. I think that idea will work. It is easier to make him a character without people hurling accusations that Wally is a Mary Sue if he appears as Kid Flash early on and has better handle on his powers than Barry did when he first got them. If they do that he is going to need to learn Barry's secret and help so we can avoid another Iris issue where they didn't give her a meaningful story until near the end and people lost patience with the character.
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Aug 06, 2015
My favorite was when Brainiac appeared (but we thought he was just a Kryptonian).

Brainiac flies away, and Clark tells Chloe. Chloe's response was (approximately) "He FLEW, Clark you have to get on that ability"

Seriously, every Kryptonian we see flies within hours or days of getting their powers on Earth. But Clark was stuck on the ground for however many years. They explain it as him accepting his destiny or whatever, but it's still lame.
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Aug 06, 2015
My favorite Smallville one was when Bizzaro became a exact genetic copy of Clark and flew immediately while Clark was grounded.
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Aug 07, 2015
clark flew season 4 ep1 as cal el so there all of you
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Aug 06, 2015
Honestly, yeh.

So what, next year they'll have a time travelling Bart Allen?
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Aug 06, 2015
True. Why would they introduce both Jay and Wally at the same time? Drag them out and spend the proper amount of time on each.
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Aug 06, 2015
My thought was they may introduce Wally West and save Kid Flash for the finale or Season 3.
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Aug 07, 2015
still seems like overdoing it
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Aug 06, 2015
Is he gonna be related to anyone we know, perhaps? Mmmmaybe
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Aug 06, 2015
Are they gonna have to make him Iris' brother instead of her nephew? Or use time travel to explain his age?
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Aug 06, 2015
A cousin would work.
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Aug 07, 2015
Yes. Yes it could.
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Aug 06, 2015
The CW must be stopped!
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Aug 06, 2015
From what?
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Aug 06, 2015
from making mind destroying television.
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Aug 06, 2015
Aw, come on. The CW has some good shows. I watch almost their entire lineup.
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Aug 09, 2015
I feel for you.
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Aug 05, 2015
Wally West is my favorite Flash and probably the one most people are familiar with since Barry Allan dies during "Crisis on Infinite Earths". I just hope he can embody what I like about his Wally West where's he's a fast talking joker.
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Aug 05, 2015
I just can't see Wally without red hair, especially when so many of the Kid Flash costumes has the open-top mask. This kid looks like he'd be fantastic to introduce as Bart Allen/Impulse.
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Aug 06, 2015
See, and I can't picture Impulse without that huge wild mop of hair.
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