Another potential speedster is arriving on “The Flash” with the introduction of Wally West (Keiynan Lonsdale). Unlike Zoom, Reverse Flash or Jesse Quick though, this one has the potential to shake Barry’s (Grant Gustin) personal life to its very core.
Wally is the son Joe West (Jesse L. Martin) never knew he had and therefore the brother Iris (Candice Patton) has been without her entire life. Given that Barry’s spent most of his childhood and adult years in that role, things are going to be changing dramatically in Central City in the episodes to come.
Speaking to Zap2it, Lonsdale says Wally isn’t exactly sure what to make of the family he never knew existed. “He didn’t know [they were out there], so it’s a surprise to him as well. All this is big news, which is cool,” the actor explains. “You get to watch all these character deal with new situations at the same time and see who can accept it and in what ways.”
Of course, these situations can be quite awkward, especially when you consider Wally’s dad has always seen Barry as his only son.
“Joe is basically Barry’s other father and for Wally to come in and say, ‘Well, Joe is my father,’ it’s interesting for everyone,” Lonsdale teases. “It creates some tensions between Barry and Wally, at least on Wally’s side. He’s trying to find his place in the family, even though in his mind that place is already filled up.”
That attitude could lead to come seriously tense situations in the West family household, as Lonsdale continues, “Even once he may be able to let in Iris and Joe because they’re blood, there’s another person involved in that family who isn’t blood. Technically, according to him, he doesn’t have to let [Barry] in.”
What of Wally’s future as a possible speedster, though?
Lonsdale is quick to say his character doesn’t have powers yet — even if he does like going fast. “He’s a regular kid. He loves racing — drag racing. It’s kind of a dangerous thing he’s gotten himself into.”
Still, the actor admits that becoming Kid Flash is the most likely outcome for his character on the show.
“I believe that’s gotta be where we’re going for Wally and I’m really excited for that to come about. I have no idea how it’s going to come about,” he says. “It’s probably going to be quite a slow burn but I’m just excited to put on the suit. It’s going to be cool.”
“The Flash” airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW. You can find Lonsdale on Twitter at @KeiynanLonsdale.