So long Ronnie Raymond (Robbie Amell), hello jefferson “Jax” Jackson (Franz Drameh). “The Flash” has found Martin Stein’s (Victor Garber) new other half to create Firestorm and it’s going to make for a very different combined hero.
One of the biggest changes? Well, it seems Jax isn’t the kind of guy who wants the power of superhero responsibilities. Speaking to Zap2it on the set of “Legends of Tomorrow” — the upcoming “Arrow”/”The Flash”: spinoff — Drameh says, “Jax does not want to be a hero. He does not want his powers but at the end of the day, when it comes down to it he has to step up and embrace it and do his job.”
Of course, he’s also not the scientist Ronnie was, leading to some interesting interactions with Stein.
“It’s gonna be fun to see this whole new Firestorm and just how Jax reacts with Stein because there’s a lot of back and forth,” Drameh teases. “It’s that whole sort of love/hate relationship between the two.”
Interestingly enough, as “The Flash” executive producer Andrew Kreisberg told Zap2it previously, Jax — a former high school athlete currently working as a mechanic — is a bit closer to the version of Ronnie fans may remember from the comics.
“In the comic books Ronnie was like a dumb jock,” he explained. While Jax is a jock though, he certainly isn’t dumb. Instead, the character had a 4.0 GPA in high school. Still, having a mechanic suit up as Firestorm — as opposed to another scientist — adds a whole new dimension to the character and it’s one which Garber is having a blast being a part of.
“The dynamic is very different. I miss Robbie because I love Robbie, but I’m very happy with the casting in this department. He’s a tremendous actor and a wonderful person,” he says. “Because it’s a very different dynamic, it’s completely challenging and fun to play, so I’m happy.”