‘The Flash’ Finds its Wally West in ‘Insurgent’ Star Keiynan Lonsdale

Keiynan Lonsdale Wally West
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The Flash” has cast Australian actor Keiynan Lonsdale as Wally West, the iconic speedster from the DC Comics universe who made his debut as Kid Flash. He’ll appear as a series regular in season two.

In comics canon, Wally is the nephew of Iris West (played in The CW series by Candice Patton) — the love interest and eventual wife of Barry Allen (Grant Gustin). While Wally initially served as his uncle’s sidekick and a founding member of the Teen Titans, he later inherited Barry’s mantle as The Flash.

Since Iris doesn’t seem to have any siblings on the show (that we know of), it’s possible that Wally’s origin story will be tweaked for his live-action “Flash” debut. His connection to the West family has yet to be confirmed.

Executive producer Andrew Kreisberg said of Lonsdale’s casting, “Just like when we met Grant for the first time, we instantly knew Keiynan embodied all the heart and courage of a hero. We are so excited to be bringing this much-beloved character onto the show.”

Wally’s involvement in season two of the superhero series was announced at Comic-Con, along with the casting of two more DC Comics characters: another iteration of The Flash, Jay Garrick (Teddy Sears), and Patty Spivot (Shantel VanSanten), who will partner with Det. Joe West (Jesse L. Martin) when the show returns this fall. “The Flash’s” Comic-Con panel also revealed that season two’s major antagonist would be Zoom.

Lonsdale’s role follows two recent additions to cast of “The Flash” and “Arrow” spinoff series “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.” Casper Crump has been confirmed as immortal villain Vandal Savage, while Falk Hentschel will play Carter Hall/Hawkman. Both actors will make their debut in crossover episodes of “The Flash” and “Arrow” to serve as a set-up for the spinoff before “Legends” debuts at midseason.

Lonsdale is represented by Silver Lining Entertainment, ICM, Schreck Rose Dapello & Adams, and Persona PR.

“The Flash” season two premieres at 8 p.m. Oct. 6 on the CW.

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  1. Matt says:

    To everyone trying to justify the New 52 universe, it collapsed. The ultimate universe in marvel was popular, the new 52 universe in dc wasn’t, so they are stopping and restoring most of the old dc universe. Also it wasn’t because a few unhappy loud fans, it was because the majority of fans, buyers and watchers just didn’t like it. And as a redhead, i would be appeased with a mixed race Wally West as long as he was still a redhead, we are so underused:)

    • therealeverton says:

      First of all nobody is trying to justify anything, they don’t have to. They are pointing out the fact that there is more than one Wally West and that the current one matches this casting; that’s just a fact.

      Secondly even if what you’re saying were true, it wouldn’t negate the fact that there is more than one Wally West and that, again, the current one is mixed race.

      Finally what you say isn’t 100% accurate at all. They aren’t reversing the New 52, they are removing the branding and making further changes , ironically given your stance, o further relect the real world diversity of “gasp” non whites and non males. Stories will continue, they may be made to make more sense and there is nothing to suggest Wally West is going to become anything other than what he is right now; although, again, that doesn’t matter. We currently have Jay ?Garrick on the show, so they can have ANY Flash they wan, including the mixed race Wally and / or a totally new creation.

  2. Ty Narducci says:

    Wally West, an iconic character from The Flash Universe who became the speedster known as Kid Flash,” says The CW’s official description, suggesting that he’ll be a side-kick to Barry, at least to start with.

  3. Alex says:

    So if they made a White version of the Black Panther that is appropriating Black culture.

    If they make other well-established White characters Black, however, it’s cool and trendy. What the heck. Make new characters – don’t change old and well-established ones.

    • therealeverton says:

      You can’t see the wood for the trees. Taking a charater whose major defining traits are that he is the BLACK king of a BLACK African nation and making him ANY other race simply does not work. Changing the rrace of a character whose defining attributes and characteristics,and even their minor ones, have lnothing to do with thir race and changing their race is not a problem at all. (don’t even get into the socio-political differences 50 odd years ago where you risked your advertisers pullling out and vendors refusing to carry your goods if yo had “N-word” prominently on display.

      If you want to make this argument ou need to find a non-white character whose race is not an important factor.At least that would be a start. But when you do, you may want to look at ther number of non white characters played by white actors, either as white or “tanned”. Ra’s Al Ghul in both Nolan’s Batman films and the TV world of Arrow/Flash is played by white guys and appears to be 100% white.

      Captain Nemmo is white in almoost every film he’s ever appeared in. Bane doesn’t appear to be mixed race in either of the films he’s been in. There are plenty more, noth inside and outside the world of comic book adaptations.

    • David Benjamin says:

      Again..this version of Wally West corresponds to the New 52 version in DC. In that continuity, Wally is of mixed race. No big deal. Get over it. Moving on…

  4. trish says:

    Bless this wonderful news. I am over the moon and I cant wait to see him in action. I am even more excited about seeing the West family dynamic unfold. Now if someone would release the casting for momma West I would be eternally grateful.

  5. therealeverton says:

    Shocker another racist!

    There’ss far mre non-white charactsers they have made white, even hough there’s no “jistorical imbalance”” to “adjust” there. Stick to reading the adventures of KKK Keith if you’re so offended racist.

  6. Shakil says:

    While I’m usually ok with white characters being played by dark-skinned actors, this one makes me feel a little bit more uneasy. I really wanted Wally West to actually look like Wally West. A major part that defines his character is his pale white skin with freckles, and red hair. The character can still have similar traits, but this is a case where appearance DO matter for who and what the character is and stands for. In the Justice League cartoon you can see Flash being unmasked and Wonder Women stating to Wally “Red hair, suits you.” IDK, I still really believe in the show, and like Grant, they must’ve seen something in him…

    • Dom says:

      I agree with you. I will get over it with time but will always wish to see a white live action Kid Flash.

    • therealeverton says:

      You’re out of touch. The oficial Wally West of the current DC continuity, AKA The New 52, is mixed race; so this casting is spot on.

      • therealeverton says:

        That dopesn’t change the fact that this is how it works. A lot of people hate change, maybe they never liked any of the DC Crisis Events and Superman should look 55 and not be able to fly If they only ever concerned themselves with what some people liked then Wally West probably wouldn’t exist at all; there may never have been a Robin and so on.

        Thee New 52 is the current Universe so this character is exactly right. People don’t have to like it, nothing is ever universally accepted, but that doesn’t change the fact that it is so.

      • Jimmy says:

        Yeah, but a lot of the old fans don’t care for the new 52.

  7. Amy says:

    Yay! This is such exciting news! Can’t wait to see Wally West on my tv screen. PS: To all the haters whining about Wally being black. The show runners were clear about this from day one so I don’t know why you’re acting surprised. I know the concept of representation might be too hard for your minds to grasp so my advice to you is stay pressed :)

  8. M says:

    If you’re going to call out “race-washing,” then be sure to mention the white washing of characters in the Flarrowverse like White Canary, Ra’s Al Ghul, Sin, the Huntress, and Connor (Oliver’s son) & his mother. Back to what is important–this casting! I love what the show has done so far so I trust the creators when they say he is a perfect Wally. Can’t wait for what they have planned for him!

    • therealeverton says:

      Well said all around.

    • Amy says:

      Sir I think its time you took a nap. You seem to be losing your mind right now. Also if you read carefully M didn’t say Black Canary but WHITE canary. White Canary who in the comics was originally Lady Shiva (a character of asian descent). On the comicvine website Ras Al Ghul point of origin is in the ARABIAN deserts which is in Western Asia.

      • David Benjamin says:

        Way to go, Amy!! Heaven forbid these ignorant morons should go against canon/lore, just to appease their ignorance and stupidity.

  9. lex says:

    Hey, he’s ‘Keiynan’ just like our president.

  10. CaptainFabulous says:

    Yay! More blackwashing of established white characters! Cause that always goes over well.

    • therealeverton says:

      Works for the majority – the audience – and not for SOME of the minority, comic book fans past and present.

      As with Nick Fury, when the “new” character is a totally new incarntion (Ultimate MArvel & The New 52) then it really tends to go down very well indeed.

      In the New 52 Wally is mixed race, maybe this one is too. You’re really looking at a loud, but small numm,ber of people, usualy ignorant of what is actualy happening and WHY characters that aren’t white, oand often ment, weren’t so easy to dreate back in the day (or rather publish) and how creators are often happy to to make their characters more representitive of the real world, as opossed to the “whitewashed” (to use your lexicon) world you were forced to work in in the not too distant past.

      But what matters here is the castinng is dead on for the current “cannon” of that character.

      • therealeverton says:

        Erik Wright
        Because you know this version and/or a combination isn’t/aren’t beloved by many right?

      • Erik Wright says:

        Of course the casting is “Dead on”. They created this shitty version of “Wally West” in shitty New 52 so they could do this on this show and say “We are so excited to be bringing this much-beloved character onto the show.”-You enjoy.
        “Much beloved” my ass

      • David Benjamin says:

        Funny thing, too…I don’t hear anyone complaining about Samuel L. Jackson playing Nick Fury. C’mon..it’s SAMUEL L. FRIGGIN’ JACKSON!!

  11. Brandy says:

    Wally West being a series regular means the West family drama is going to take center stage and I can’t wait!! Bring on Mama West!!

  12. Tatiana says:

    So excited and happy about this casting! Can’t wait to see him in scenes with Candice and Jesse.

  13. Lisa says:

    SO MANY BLACK GUYS NAMED WALLY SHORT FOR WALLACE MAYBE??????!!!

  14. adam says:

    no no no no no no no .. stop casting black actors to play WHITE characters

    • David Benjamin says:

      This Wally West is from DC’S The New 52 storyline..and as it’s been said before, this Wally West is mixed race. Why are some people so myopic and ignorant? There is no whitewashing/backwash ingredients here. The producers are sticking to DC canon. Guys like Movie Watch News need to grow up. don’t like it, WATCH SOMETHING ELSE!!

    • Kenneth Bowden says:

      It’s the shows family of West are black and show is doing well! Calm down!

      • Amy says:

        I second this! The show is doing incredibly well. I’d ignore ‘moviewatch news’ who doesn’t seem to understand being the highest rated show on the CW means they are doing poorly. Nor has there been any indication of The Flash losing money (I think someone might be a bit delusional)

      • MovieWatch News says:

        The show is doing so poorly they lose money with every broadcast and bad casting decision, What universe are you living in, nignog??!!??

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