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The CW’s Flash TV Show Makes Its First Casting With Law & Order Alum

We weren’t too thrilled about The CW producing a spinoff of their hit series Arrow at first. After all, we were still patiently waiting on their Wonder Woman series, Amazon (insert sad trombone) and they announced The Flash instead. But then Grant Gustin made his debut as Barry Allen and had his origin story on Arrow and he was so freaking adorable we actually found ourselves looking forward to the new series a great deal. The excitement grew when we learned The CW was looking for a woman of color to play his love interest and comic character Iris West in the spinoff and heard about the possible inclusion of Hispanic-American superhero Vibe as well. Now, the fantastic Jesse L. Martin has been added to the cast. 

Deadline reported, “The project, from Warner Bros TV and Berlanti Productions, is an origin story about Barry Allen aka The Flash (Gustin), a Central City assistant police forensics investigator who arrives in Starling to look into a series of unexplained robberies that may have a connection to a tragedy in his past. Martin will play Detective West, an honest, blue-collar cop who is a surrogate father to Allen. This is a familiar territory for Martin, who is probably best known for his nine-year stint as Detective Ed Green on NBC’s Law & Order.”

Detective West? Sounds like Iris’ dad if you ask me. Ernie Hudson was previously rumored to be taking on that role and I have to say I’d have been happy either way. Both are great actors.

What are your thoughts on the casting?

(via Newsarama)

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  • Adrian

    Detective West is Iris’s father. Yup.
    This is great casting, I believe.

  • The Lewd Ood

    Fantastic news! Jesse Martin is just amazing. Loved him on L&O, and he was phenomenal in Rent. CW is just KILLING it right now with their DC shows!

  • Skol Troll

    Agreed. Martin made his character on L&O difficult to figure out at times, which was great, IMO. I look forward to the gravitas & depth he’s bringing to Flash.

  • Anonymous

    Very good news. Martin always brings his A-game.

  • Anonymous

    I’m really looking forward to this series. Though I hope they’re not trying to pull the same thing as Arrow with the detective father looking for the superhero that he doesn’t approve of and is secretly in love with his daughter.

  • Jason Atkins

    Even if they pulled the same thing, it’d play out very differently in Flash, I think.

    Detective Lance disapproves of both Oliver and Arrow, but over the course of the story he’s begun to soften to both of them because they’ve both demonstrated a desire and commitment to change. Their actions are objectively still unforgivable, but the progression is – at this point at least – about necessary evils. Lance doesn’t like Oliver… but Oliver is the best friend that Laurel has right now; and Arrow is the best friend that Starling City has.

    Flash is very different. For starters, Barry Allen isn’t a bad person trying to make good: he was already good to start with. His activities as the Flash are born out of a desire to do good, and there’s no tone of redemption. In the New 52, the Flash is adamant that he isn’t a vigilante: being someone who works inside the legal system, he also tries to work inside the law, because he understands what the boundary is. Throughout his comics history, the Flash has always been on exceptional terms with law enforcement: he’s not a necessary evil, he’s a welcome good.

    Barry Allen is also very different. Oliver has always distanced himself from the Arrow, but Barry is a superhero enthusiast. A disapproving law enforcement figure is more likely to wind up being a J Jonah Jameson character: someone who speaks out against the Flash, despite Barry’s desperate insistence that he doesn’t deserve it. Also, Ollie’s distancing himself from Arrow is because him being the Arrow is actually plausible… whereas Barry Allen is more of a Clark Kent alter ego, who no one would ever suspect. If anything, that disapproving figure is kind of important, and since it needs to be someone whose opinion the protagonist respects and whose approval he wants, having it be Iris’ father makes a pretty solid amount of sense.

  • Laura Truxillo

    Still a lot of meeeeh, but it suddenly occurred to me that there’s no good reason not to have Singh in this, and if they can find an actor who looks half as hot in a waistcoat as Singh does in the comics… Well, I still probably won’t watch, but it might be enough to push me into looking at Tumblr clips…

  • Melynda

    I’ve loved Jesse L Martin since I came across him back on Ally McBeal. But I don’t know if I’ll watch this. I only watch Arrow because… Hell, I don’t even know why I watch Arrow anymore.

  • The Gaf

    VIBE??? VIBE?? VIBE?? IS NO ONE HERE OLD ENOUGH TO REMEMBER THE FUCKING AWFUL JUSTICE LEAGUE WITH VIBE?? Vibe, Steel, Vixen, Gypsy, and Martian Manhunter. Hands down the stupidest, worst, lamest team of heroes ever- The Great Lakes Avengers are A league compared to this. Can DC not create diversity heroes that are good? The only thing good about that run of JLA, was the end of their run, where we got to watch Vibe get murdered. Vibe. uch. I just wish Gypsy, Steel had been killed too. Terrible characters, terrible series. Although, we’ll probably get a Gypsy series before a WW series.

  • Nuuni Nuunani

    Huh…I had not realized until you said it, but Flash did have a pretty exemplar relationship with the law. Probably rivaling that of Supermans or silver age Batman

  • The Gaf

    Wow, really? 2 downvotes? You go read (bc I know you didn’t) JLA 233-254 and tell me how much you like Vibe and/or Gypsy, Steel, Vixen, MM.

  • The Gaf

    My only mistake here is forgetting that this horror went on to JLA 261, not 255. My bad.