Not only is The CW expanding their DC comic based shows with The Flash and iZombie this year, but theyre 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 Panabakers 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 hes capable of transforming matter into other elements in addition to superhuman strength and flight. Its unclear if hell 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 Iriss father, Detective West, Michelle Harrison as Barrys mother Nora Allen and many others, including John Wesley Shipp, from the original The Flash TV series as Barrys father.
The Flash will premiere on October 7.
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