Saturday during a panel at PaleyFest in Los Angeles, The Flash showrunner Greg Berlanti made an exciting announcement. He commented that the extended characters that are part of DC Comics’ “Flash Family” could be introduced into the series as soon as next season.
Berlanti was asked if fans will see Wally West and Bart Allen on the show. The showrunner responded by saying — that was the plan.
“That’s our hope,” Berlanti said. “And we’ve already been picked up for a second season so I think if we were going to do something like that, we would do it next season.”
During the panel, Berlanti promised that a specific story from the comics would be adapted for the series.. It is unclear, at this time, which storyline the show will pursue.
Berlanti did mention back in September that the eventual goal of the show was to introduce an African-American Flash. Most DC comic book readers know that would mean the introduction of young speedster Wally West, who is no longer white since the New 52 launch.
“We made the Wests African-American so that we could ultimately head in that direction, absolutely,” Berlanti told the fan. “That’s our hope.”
Producer-writer Andrew Kreisberg confirmed that the Wally West character will be African-American to integrate the television series.
“What’s very cool is in the New 52 they hadn’t reintroduced Wally [yet],” Kreisberg said, adding that because they were working with DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns on the show, “when they reintroduced Wally, they made him African-American. So now and forever, Kid Flash will be African-American.”
The Flash airs on Tuesdays, at 8 p.m. EST on the CW. The series stars Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Jesse L. Martin, Tom Cavanagh, Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes, Rick Cosnett and Patrick Sabongui.