Not only is The CW expanding their DC comic based shows with “The Flash” and “iZombie” this year, but they’re doubling down on the Amell family as TVLine reports that Robbie Amell (cousin to Oliver Queen himself, Stephen Amell) has been cast as Ronnie Raymond for “The Flash.” Raymond will serve as a S.T.A.R. Labs maintenance worker who is engaged to Danielle Panabaker’s Caitlin Snow and reportedly plays an integral part in the accident that gives Barry Allen his powers.
In the source material, Ronnie Raymond is one half of the superhero Firestorm, who he becomes upon fusing together with his partner. The character has some of the most complex and unique powers in the DCU as he’s capable of transforming matter into other elements in addition to superhuman strength and flight. It’s unclear if he’ll take on the role of Firestorm in the series, though the irony of him being engaged to Caitlin Snow (the future Killer Frost) is a nice touch.
“The Flash” arrives from co-creators Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg, who, along with Geoff Johns, wrote the pilot episode, which was helmed by “Arrow” pilot director David Nutter. Grant Gustin stars as the titular hero along with Candice Patton as Iris West, Jesse L. Martin as Iris’s father, Detective West, Michelle Harrison as Barry’s mother Nora Allen and many others, including John Wesley Shipp, from the original “The Flash” TV series as Barry’s father.