The cast for The CW’s The Flash continues to swell for the eagerly-anticipated second season, and now we have yet another speedster — and villain — added to the mix.
TV Line reports newcomer Violett Beane has signed on to play DC Comics speedster Jesse Quick, aka Jesse Chambers, a speedster first introduced to the comic canon in 1992. Beane is signed on for a multiple episode arc, and her character is described as a “brilliant but quirky college student who gets caught up in the battle between The Flash and Season 2 Big Bad (the not-yet-cast) Zoom.” Along with Jay Garrick and Wally West, the second season is looking a whole lot faster than year one.
In addition to Beane’s Jesse, the series has also cast Demore Barnes as the comic villain Tokamak, aka Henry Hewitt, who is best known as a recurring villain for Firestorm. The casting news comes from ComicBook.com. The character is described as "a charming, but cocky scientist who was affected by the same Particle Accelerator explosion that created the Flash. When Caitlin Snow (Danielle Panabaker) recruits him to join the team at S.T.A.R. Labs, Hewitt jumps at the opportunity to fulfill his destiny as a powerful meta-human."
His story is a bit different in the comics, as the character has typically been portrayed as the head of a corrupt energy conglomerate. As Tokamak, he also has powers similar to Firestorm and has used an armored suit. Again, since this is the TV adaptation, who knows how much (or little) they’ll use from the comic lore.
What do you think of the new casting additions? Are you looking forward to another speedster joining the mix?