The casting announcements from the CW camp continue to zoom out faster than Barry Allen, with another handful of roles being filled on their flagship superhero DC shows, “Arrow” and “The Flash“. One we missed last week was the addition of Wally West to the latter show, with Keiynan Lonsdale taking on the role. West eventually became The Flash himself in the comics and was showcased in the role on the popular “Justice League” and “Justice League Unlimited” animated shows years ago.
Parker Young has been cast on “Arrow” as Alex Davis, a seemingly-original character for the series. Alex will be Thea “Speedy” Queen’s (Willa Holland) latest love interest on the show, following on from Roy “Arsenal” Harper (Colton Haynes). Haynes might return for an episode or two in the fourth season, but is no longer a recurring cast member on the series. As for Alex, there’s always the chance that he could prove to be a tweak on an existing character from the source material, but for now, it appears he’s a new invention.
Elysia Rotaru has signed to play the love interest of Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) during the flashback sections of the upcoming fourth season, which will supposedly primarily be set in Coast City. No name for the character has been given at this time, which is leading some fans to speculate that she might be portraying a popular comic book character. Carol Ferris seems to be the most popular rumor, but that seems unlikely, given the usage of the character in the current DC films and Berlanti & Guggenheim’s assertion that Hal Jordan (and likely any other Green Lantern) will not be showing up on the CW shows.
Lastly, Rutina Wesley (“True Blood“, “Hannibal“) will be joining the Green Arrow series this fall for a multi-episode arc. Once again, the character in question has not yet been disclosed, so it’s probably a safe bet that she will be playing a recognizable role from the source material. Here’s hoping we find out more in the coming weeks.
“Arrow” and “The Flash” return on The CW this October.