In an exciting piece of news for longtime DC fans, The Flash has announced the casting of Teddy Sears (Masters of Sex) as the original Flash, Jay Garrick, for season 2, reported here by EW. Needless to say, Garrick will not be appearing as part of dimension-shifted Keystone City as in the original, but looks to play a significant part of Barry’s development as a hero.
In the article, executive producer Andrew Kreisberg states, “Having Jay Garrick come onto the show was one of our earliest ideas. It is so exciting, as we rush into season 2, that we finally get to bring the Crimson Comet to life.”
EW calls Garrick “a mysterious figure who arrives in Central City to warn Barry Allen and his team at STAR Labs of an impending danger that he [alone] cannot hope to stop.”
In contrast to old-guard Jay Garrick, however, Shantel VanSanten (of One Tree Hill and, most recently, The Messengers) has been cast as Patty Spivot, a police officer who unknowingly develops a romantic entanglement with Barry Allen. Spivot, per the article, “is obsessed with metahumans and partners with Det. Joe West … but has no idea that her new crush is The Flash”, and as Kreisberg also stated, will “help complicate Barry Allen’s love life in Season 2”.
As a character, Spivot has been a potential romantic interest for Barry since 1977 (in a fanciful “what-if” daydream of Barry’s), but that relationship has only really been realized in the comics post-Flashpoint.
These are two characters with plenty of history in the Flash mythos, and we can’t wait to see Sears and VanSanten give them life on the small screen!
We’ll just be over here waiting for the inevitable Justice Society spin-off, Legends of Yesterday….