There are big, exciting things coming to The Flash next season, like the introduction of the DC Multiverse and appearance of more speedsters in Central City. One such speedster, original Golden Age Flash Jay Garrick, was confirmed to appear just last week, and now the actor who’ll play him has been announced.
As revealed at San Diego Comic-Con this past weekend, the role of Garrick will be played by Masters of Sex alum Teddy Sears. Many assumed that Garrick would be middle aged in the series, as he often is in the comics, so Sear’s casting is a bit unexpected. Still, he’s a solid actor with the chiseled features of a superhero, so it certainly makes sense.
In the comics, Garrick is currently the Flash of an alternate universe dubbed Earth 2. On The Flash, he’ll be a “mysterious figure” who arrives in Central City to “warn Barry Allen and his team at S.T.A.R. Labs of an impending danger that he alone cannot hope to stop.”
Sears isn’t the only new casting addition, either. A few weeks ago we learned that DC Comics character Patty Spivot would join the show in its second season as well, as Detective Joe West’s new partner and a potential love interest for Barry Allen. That has now been confirmed, and it’s been revealed that the role will be taken on by One Tree Hill and The Messengers actress Shantel VanSanten.
Spivot, a fairly new addition to the comic book source material, is described as “a police officer and science enthusiast who catches the eye of Barry Allen.” Patty is reportedly “obsessed” with metahumans (she definitely joined the right police force, then) and partners with Det. West with no knowledge that Barry is in fact the Scarlet Speedster.
Tell us, what do you make of this casting? Are you happy to hear that Jay Garrick and Patty Spivot are officially coming to The Flash when the series returns on October 6th, 2015? Leave us your thoughts in the comments below!