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The CW Keeps It In House With Iris West Casting For The Flash

Faster than a speeding bullet!

We first heard casting bits about Iris West last December. It was said The CW was looking for a woman of color to play their female lead in the Arrow spinoff, The Flash, and they’ve finally decided who gets the coveted role. Your Iris West turns out to be another CW alum, Candice Patton

Patton has credits from ABC’s Castle and Grey’s Anatomy, NBC’s Heroes, and The CW’s One Tree Hill and The Game. On The Flash spinoff she’ll play opposite Grant Gustin, also a CW favorite as Barry Allen.

Ok, so here’s our roundup for The Flash so far: Gustin as Flash, Jesse L. Martin as Detective West (Iris’ father), Rick Cosnett and Danielle Panabaker as Eddie Thawne and Caitlin Snow (potentially the Reverse-Flash and Killer Frost) and rumored, an as-yet-to-be cast Cisco Ramon (aka Vibe).

I am really liking how this is shaping up. The Hollywood Reporter describes Patton’s Iris as “a grad student who is also Barry’s quick-witted best friend.” Here’s hoping she’s studying journalism!

What do you think?

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Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” ( She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."