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Wally West (Arrowverse)

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Wally West
Arrowverse character
First appearance"Running to Stand Still"
Created byGreg Berlanti
Andrew Kreisberg
Geoff Johns
Based onWally West
Designed byColleen Atwood
Portrayed byKeiynan Lonsdale
Information
Full nameWallace West
AliasKid Flash
SpeciesHuman (formerly)
Meta-human (current)
AffiliationS.T.A.R. Labs
Significant otherJesse Wells
OriginEarth-1

Amazon.com Logo.png Search Wally West (Arrowverse) on Amazon.Wallace "Wally" West, also known by his superhero alter-ego Kid Flash, is a fictional character portrayed by Keiynan Lonsdale in the Arrowverse media franchise, primarily in seasons two through four of The Flash and season three of Legends of Tomorrow, based on the DC Comics character of the same name. In the series, Wally is Iris West' unknown brother and Joe West's son.[1][2] Eventually, Wally becomes the Kid Flash, in season three of The Flash due to Doctor Alchemy restoring his powers from the Flashpoint timeline, and leaves the series in the fourth season to rediscover himself. During that time, he temporarily joins the Legends in Legends of Tomorrow and helps defeat Mallus before leaving.[3]

Keiynan Lonsdale

Casting and characterization[edit]

Lonsdale was cast for the second season of The Flash in August 2015 in a main role capacity.[4] He returned for the third[5] and fourth seasons[6] before leaving the show and returning periodically in guest appearances in the fifth[7] and sixth seasons.[8] Discussing the casting of Lonsdale, Kreisberg stated, "Just like when we met Grant [Gustin] 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."[4] It was always intended for Wally to be the son of Joe and brother of Iris, which differs from the character's comic history, as the producers disliked second seasons of television series that would introduce cousins of characters that were never previously mentioned, feeling it was "weird".[2] The character was described as "a bit of a wayward kid who has some attitude problems and some authority issues and is quick with a sassy remark".[9] Lonsdale decided that he will not be returning full-time on season five, due to his desire to seek other acting opportunities.[10] Keiynan Lonsdale originally auditioned for Legends of Tomorrow to portray Jefferson "Jax" Jackson.[11] The season introduces Wally West as Kid Flash, and the costume was designed to look exactly as in the comics.[12] Photographs of Lonsdale as Wally filming The Flash season 3 was release in July 2016.[13]

The fifth season is the first not to feature Keiynan Lonsdale, who plays Wally West / Kid Flash, as a series regular since his introduction in the second season, following the character's move to Legends of Tomorrow during the previous season and Lonsdale's subsequent departure from that show as well.[7] He appears only in the season premiere.[14][15] Regarding the possibility of Wally West taking on the mantle of the Flash in Barry's absence, Keiynan Lonsdale said that "It's not something that's on my radar. I feel as though there is so much story to tell and Wally has so much growing to do... We need to see how these characters realistically get to where they are headed for."[16]

Fictional character biography[edit]

Wally was born after his mother's abandonment of her family, leading Joe and Iris to be unaware of his existence for eighteen years. Wally first meets his father and sister during a Christmas party shortly before his mother dies, and he struggles to bond with Joe and Iris. He also forms a brotherly bond with Barry Allen, although he is suspicious of Barry's weird behavior. Formerly a drag racer, Wally is enrolled at the same university Iris attended, majoring in mechanical engineering. After repeatedly being rescued by the Flash, Wally becomes fascinated with the superhero and discovers that his father has a connection with him, but is unaware that he is Barry. He is inspired by both his father and the Flash to help people, and as a result becomes closer to Joe. Later, when Wally and Jesse Wells are locked in the Time Vault at S.T.A.R. Labs, they work together to escape but are accidentally affected by the dark matter released from the attempt to restore Barry's powers; his father and Barry suspect that Wally is turning into a metahuman after the incident. Eventually Wally discovers Barry's secrets when Zoom abducts and kills Barry's father, and fully accepts Barry after he rescues Joe from Zoom.

In the Flashpoint timeline, Wally is the Flash,[17] until he is badly injured by the rogue speedster Rival and Barry and Eobard Thawne reset the timeline. In the post-Flashpoint timeline, Wally struggles to become a speedster after witnessing Jesse becoming one. After Alchemy seeks Wally out, Wally learns of his alternate life and uses the villain's device to gain his speed. Wally then becomes a speedster after Caitlin stabilizes his metamorphosis, and he is eager to join Barry as his partner, Kid Flash, to both his father and sister's concerns. Wally also assists Cisco due to his background in mechanical engineering. Barry gradually appreciates Wally's supports and asking Wally's help to save Iris from Savitar. Though H.R. saves Iris instead after he sacrifices himself, Wally and Jay Garrick join Barry in the final battle to defeat Savitar. After Barry chooses to take Savitar's place in the Speed Force to stabilize it, he appoints Wally to be his successor as the Flash. In the alternate 2024, Wally sought revenge against Savitar shortly after Iris' murder but was rendered paraplegic and catatonic after the fight.

In season four, Wally leaves Central City for Blue Valley on a mission of self-discovery after Jesse breaks up with him.[18] He later returned for his sister's wedding. He resumes his journey though, reaching China before being recruited by Rip Hunter to join the Legends in their fight against Mallus. Following the fight with the Thinker, Wally attends the party that follows the birth of his father's new daughter with Cecile Horton, and is delighted of having a younger sibling. He tells his father about his battle to save the universe from Mallus and how he is working not to be in Barry's shadow, showing Joe his confidence as a hero.

In season five, Wally briefly helps Team Flash with keeping Nora in the present and taking down Gridlock. After some encouragement from his father and the rest of the team. He leaves Central City to continue his mission of self-discovery.

In season six, Wally is revealed to have joined the peace corps, he also warns Barry about the Speed Force dying. This was initially assumed to be the result of Barry's confrontation with Ramsey Rosso, but is later revealed to be because of Oliver/the Spectre temporarily supercharging Barry's access to the Speed Force to get the other Paragons back into reality to stop the Anti-Monitor.

Critical reception[edit]

References[edit]

  1. Goldman, Eric (August 5, 2015). "The Flash: Wally West Cast for Season 2". IGN. Archived from the original on August 5, 2015. Retrieved August 5, 2015. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Mahadeo, Kevin (October 27, 2015). "Kreisberg & Panabaker on Latest "Flash" Developments and West Family Revelations". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on October 29, 2015. Retrieved October 28, 2015. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  3. Mahadeo, Kevin (October 27, 2015). "Kreisberg & Panabaker on latest "Flash" Developments and West family revelations". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on October 29, 2015. Retrieved October 28, 2015. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  4. 4.0 4.1 Goldman, Eric (August 5, 2015). "THE FLASH: WALLY WEST CAST FOR SEASON 2". IGN. Archived from the original on August 5, 2015. Retrieved August 5, 2015. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  5. Trumbore, Dave (September 20, 2016). "The Flash Season 3 Poster Has Got Red on It". Collider. Archived from the original on September 30, 2016. Retrieved September 29, 2016. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  6. Cave, Rob (May 18, 2017). "The CW Releases Fall Season Synopses for Arrow, Flash, Supergirl & More". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on May 28, 2017. Retrieved May 28, 2017. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  7. 7.0 7.1 Marston, George (June 6, 2018). "Keiynan Lonsdale Confirms He's Leaving Kid Flash Role". Newsarama. Archived from the original on June 23, 2018. Retrieved June 14, 2018. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  8. Atkinson, John (July 21, 2019). "Flash Season 6 Brings Back Wally West; Tom Cavanagh Plays Crisis' Pariah". Screen Rant. Archived from the original on July 23, 2019. Retrieved August 12, 2019. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  9. Abrams, Natalie (September 10, 2015). "The Flash boss breaks down new season 2 characters". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on September 12, 2015. Retrieved September 12, 2015. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  10. Marston, George. "Keiynan Lonsdale Confirms He's Leaving Kid Flash Role". Newsarama. Newsarama. Retrieved 14 June 2018.
  11. Abrams, Natalie (December 7, 2015). "The Flash stars talk Wally West introduction". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on December 9, 2015. Retrieved December 8, 2015. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  12. Schedeen, Jesse (October 3, 2017). "A Visual History of The Flash". IGN. slides 32 and 33. Archived from the original on October 19, 2018. Retrieved December 30, 2018. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  13. "Keiynan Lonsdale as Kid Flash Filming The Flash Season 3 in Vancouver (Photos)". What's Filming?. July 12, 2016. Archived from the original on April 14, 2018. Retrieved December 30, 2018. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  14. Jeffrey, Morgan (July 26, 2018). "The Flash: 12 spoilers for season 5, from Nora's secret to episode 100". Digital Spy. Archived from the original on July 27, 2018. Retrieved July 27, 2018. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  15. Ramos, Dino-Ray (June 5, 2018). "Keiynan Lonsdale Not Returning As Series Regular On 'The Flash' Or 'Legends of Tomorrow'". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on June 6, 2018. Retrieved June 6, 2018. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  16. Kelly, Autumn (June 24, 2017). "Keiynan Lonsdale Talks Spoilers, New Music And Being An Introverted Extrovert". Newsweek. Archived from the original on July 24, 2017. Retrieved August 13, 2017. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  17. Gelman, Vlada (July 12, 2016). "The Flash First Look: Meet Kid Flash!". TV Line. Archived from the original on July 13, 2016. Retrieved July 12, 2016. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  18. Damore, Meagan (October 24, 2017). "The Flash: [Spoiler] Leaves the Team – And Central City". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved October 25, 2017.


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