The Flash this season has simply been full of speedsters. Teddy Sears’ Jay Garrick, Matt Letscher’s Reverse-Flash, Zoom, and last, but certainly not least Keiynan Lonsdale’s Wally West. Lonsdale’s Wally West is naturally the newest Flash that has the benefit of being the most fleshed out, as The Flash fans know Reverse-Flash, and Zoom is an enigma at this point. The Inquisitr reported on Lonsdale’s first interview regarding his role as The Flash’s future sidekick, Wally West. The Flash season 2 is halfway through, and Lonsdale once again sat down to discuss Wally West, from when he was young and reading The Flash comics, and about his experiences thus far on the CW show.
Comicbook reports that Lonsdale said he feels the connection with The Flash fans because of the connection they have with the Wally West character.
“Yeah. I think as you said, a generation grew up with Wally as The Flash. It’s been really cool to have that connection with fans and to get people really excited with the fact that he’s joining this world, and the fact that he’s not joining for an episode or two — he’s there, and people get to join him on this journey. I’m just lucky that I get to portray a character that means a lot to a lot of people.”
Keiynan Lonsdale, despite receiving and playing the part of Wally West, did not actually audition for this part or for any part in The Flash. Lonsdale auditioned for the role of Jax, aka Firestorm.
“Yeah, definitely. I auditioned for Legends of Tomorrow, and a couple of weeks later I got a call saying that the producers wanted to have me in to read for The Flash. So that’s how it all began.”
Wally West comes in CW’s The Flash having been separated from Joe and Iris West, and only knew his and Iris’ mother, Francine. Between the dynamic of meeting the unknown rest of his family, his mother dying, and eventually becoming Kid Flash, Keiynan Lonsdale has a lot on his plate for this role. One might wonder whether that would be a draw to take on such a role. For Lonsdale, it just so happens to be.
“Yeah, I think one of the things that I find amazing is his potential for change. At this point in time, he’s not in the right mind frame to become Kid Flash, even, because if he got his powers now, he’s not ready to be a hero and I don’t think he’d be in the right place. There’s also the idea that — how do we get from one point to the next point? How does he grow, make a better relationship for his family, make better decisions for his own life, how does he let people in, and hopefully soon, how does he gain these powers?”
The Flash season 2 is full of mystery, but Wally West isn’t the biggest mystery of this season of the CW show. Season 2’s big bad — Zoom — and his identity is probably the biggest mystery of all. Executive producer and The Flash showrunner Andrew Kreisberg gave a little more insight into how Zoom’s identity is being revealed to fans.
“As the season progresses, more will be revealed. We obviously don’t want to give too much away, because we’ve made his identity a mystery that’s part of the ongoing storyline. We’re really jazzed about the storytelling choices that we’ve made this season. So far, the audience has gone with them, and we hope they’ll continue to do so.”
Sadly, The Flash creators still do not know when they will known who Zoom is, or when Keiynan Lonsdale’s Wally West will become Kid Flash.
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