Warning: Current spoilers for Legends of Tomorrow and The Flash.
Keiynan Lonsdale’s character on The Flash, Wally West, a.k.a. Kid Flash, is about to go from forgotten sidekick to literal legend. That’s because the yellow-suited speedster will soon join the time-traveling superteam of Legends of Tomorrow.
Indeed, after The Flash saw the hero’s young brother-in-law and Flash-in-training essentially complete his character arc, transformed and trained into the hero he always aspired to become, he was left with little to do but twiddle his thumbs at super-speed once Barry returned from his hiatus in the Speed Force. Thus, after an appearance in December’s “Crisis on Earth X” crossover, Wally was abruptly pulled from the series, with the excuse of him going on a sojourn to Cambodia.
Check out the first official image of Lonsdale on the Legends set…
While Legends of Tomorrow will make its midseason return in February with Season 3, Episode 10 (replacing Supergirl, which will go on hiatus), the Legends debut of Wally West/Kid Flash will occur on the following week in Episode 11, which airs on February 19. He will reportedly join the team in an official capacity in Episode 13, which airs on March 5. As executive producer Phil Klemmer explains of the addition in a statement:
“We loved working with Keiynan in our series premiere — the episode in which we learned that in between Seasons 2 and 3 he had been fighting crime in Central City with Nick Zano’s Nate Heywood. So, when his character stepped away from Flash to go on walkabout, after being dumped and feeling somewhat estranged from his family and team, we knew that Wally West would fit in perfectly on Legends.”
While Legends of Tomorrow has showcased numerous iterations in its three-season existence, The CW series – currently in a mid-season hiatus – left off with its largest vacancy yet, with the exit of dual-person hero Firestorm, with Victor Garber’s Professor Martin Stein killed off and Franz Drameh’s Jefferson “Jax” Jackson leaving the team. However, besides the teased addition of Matt Ryan’s John Constantine, the addition of Kid Flash is an exciting prospect for the evolution of the ever-evolving team. Moreover, it’s the perfect place for Kid Flash to do his thing, since the first half of The Flash Season 4 has proven that there’s no room for two speedsters on a single show.
As Klemmer further elaborates:
“Our show is about a collection of unlikely heroes who all began their journeys questioning who they are and where they belong — only to find those answers while traveling through time and having wacky adventures. So now, Wally West is not only back in the company of old friends from the Arrowverse, he’s fighting alongside a former enemy and career arsonist Mick Rory/Dom Purcell. By the end of this season, Wally will learn that the Legends have a different definition of what it means to be a hero.”
Legends of Tomorrow will return from its midseason hiatus on The CW Monday, February 12 at 8 p.m.