Fans will soon be treated to a first look at the new Firestorm in the second season of The Flash. According to Zap2it, the character will be played by Franz Drameh and will be a lot closer to the comic book version of the character than the previous version, Ronnie (Robbie Amell).
The character, named Jefferson “Jax” Jackson, is set to be featured in the upcoming episode of the hit show. Jax is being created in order to prevent Dr. Stein (Victor Garber) from losing the battle against his flammable cells.
While the first version of Firestorm was a lot different than the comic book character, Andrew Kreisberg recently stated that the new rendition will be truer to what fans read in the comics.
“In the comic books Ronnie was like a dumb jock. Obviously, Robbie and the character that we created for our Ronnie was obviously an engineer and was more mature and has a girlfriend. He was more of an adult,” he told the outlet. “The idea of a second firestorm being somebody who was just in his early 20s and somebody who was radically different from [Robbie’s] Firestorm.”
Although Jax will be a lot younger than Ronnie and is set to be more like a jock, that doesn’t mean the character will be one dimensional. In fact, Kreisberg went on to reveal that Jax kept a 4.0 GPA throughout his high school days and that there will be an added element of humor to the character that will reflect the chemistry between him and the scientist that was seen in the comic books.
“There’s a lot more room for comedy with the Firestorm character than we’ve seen before,” Kreisberg added.
Additionally, another element that sets the new Firestorm apart is that he will be played by an African-American actor.
“As always, we are so proud to have another African-American with super powers,” he explained. “For a whole generation of kids who are growing up and this show is their entry into the super hero world, for them Firestorm will always be African-American.”
In celebration of the new Firestorm, Amell got in on the action in a recent post to Instagram. The image features a smiling Amell posing alongside Drameh with the caption: “Firestorm is in great hands. But I’ll be back.”
Speaking of a possible return of the old Firestorm, Kreisberg left the door open for another appearance by Amell.
“As we’ve seen the entire time that The Flash has been on the air, just because you’re dead doesn’t mean you’re gone,” he told Access Hollywood. “Especially with time travel and introducing a world of doppelgangers as you’ll start to see next week, so I wouldn’t be surprised if Robbie Amell was on the show again one day.”
Meanwhile, along with the introduction of the new Firestorm, fans will see the emergence of Caitlin Snow (Danielle Panabaker) as Killer Frost. With that in mind, Panabaker recently sat down with Entertainment Weekly and discussed getting into character as Killer Frost.
“I’m such a girl, and I loved getting dressed up in that look,” she stated in the interview. “We started working on the look a couple of months before it actually shot. Our first suit was a one-piece, kind of like Catwoman, but it didn’t feel quite right. So we changed it to be a top and these really cool leather pants. And the hair was awesome; it started as this short, little pixie wig, and we just kept adding more and more hair, as you do. It’s great, I’m really excited.”
The second season of The Flash continues October 27 on The CW.
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