Mark Hamill’s Trickster is the Joker we always wanted on The Flash

9 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Enter Wally West: ‘The Flash’s Keiynan Lonsdale isn’t kidding around.

It’s safe to say that Wally West is one of the most beloved characters in the DC universe, where he’s been a mainstay since his comic book introduction as Kid Flash in 1959.Earlier this season, Iris (Candice Patton) uncovered the real reason why her mother Francine (Vanessa Williams) returned to town: She’s dying… oh, and she has a kid she never told Joe (Jesse L.With the winter break upon us, The Flash pulled Mark Hamill’s iconic baddie The Trickster out of retirement for a super-sized Freak of the Week episode to help spice up the holiday season. There just happens to also be some life-or-death drama surrounding it during “Running to Stand Still.” It’s the dichotomy between the two that demonstrates just how strong The Flash’s character work can be when it isn’t about the heightened stakes of a world full of metahumans.

Ever since the producers of “The Flash” announced that the speedster would be joining the show in Season 2, fans have been clamoring for a look at Barry Allen’s (Grant Gustin) comic book sidekick-turned-successor, who is portrayed in live-action by Nigerian-Australian actor Keiynan Lonsdale. Only when he shows up on The Flash Tuesday night, his Wally will be power-less, instead bringing in a powerful dose of family drama for Iris and Joe West. Normally, that’d be a bit of a disappointment for a midseason finale — but with Hamill in the game — it made for one heck of a fun romp through Central City. Barry is, knowingly in some cases and completely oblivious in others, wrapped up in all of them, but the emotional struggles of those around him make his actual battle with the returning Weather Wizard and the Trickster look like any average brawl. Variety spoke to Lonsdale ahead of Wally’s debut to learn more about his iteration of the character, who was Iris West’s (Candice Patton) nephew in the comics but will be her brother — and Joe West’s (Jesse L.

His mind goes directly to that: Will I be able to have a relationship with this kid, and if so what kind of relationship am I going to have if I haven’t been in his life since he grew up?” Joe is even able to forgive Francine rather quickly, which leads to their relationship being in an “awesome” place, says Martin. “He could be really upset that she didn’t tell him, but this news comes up, and for whatever reason, Joe feels like he needs to forgive as opposed to being angry about it.” But how will Wally feel about Joe trying to be his father? Wally is making his debut in the ninth episode of the second season, “Running to Stand Still,” in which he will interrupt some early holiday celebrations to reunite with his family. When Zoom catches Wells (seriously, was there ever any question… Zoom has already out-ran the Flashes of two worlds, what was Wells going to do?), Wells offers his own life if Zoom will spare Wells’ daughter, Jesse. Lonsdale spoke with USA TODAY about how he came to be Wally West and why he found himself drawn to the role — and it wasn’t just because he would get to wear a super suit. If this Flash episode is any indication, somebody seriously needs to give him a shot at the character in live action (Is it too late to reshoot Jared Leto’s scenes in Suicide Squad?).

The Flash did not end as big as some of its other major episodes, but it added enough layers for us to get really excited about the second half of the season. From his turn as a demented bomb-gifting Santa Claus, to his super villain banter with Captain Cold and the Weather Wizard, Hamill seemed to be having a blast with this character. James Jesse is in, of course, because if the multitude of Flash drawings on his cell are any indication, he hasn’t thought of much else since his last battle with Barry. One thing I can say is Wally’s really into drag racing, which is not the ideal thing when your father is a detective and your sister’s a reporter. [Laughs.] So that’s going to cause some tension, and Iris, especially … she’s a fierce character so she’s pretty concerned over that, which kind of shows that she’s accepting him as a brother, really.

When they told me at the audition that I was going for a really iconic character, and they said it was Kid Flash, I was like ‘That’s crazy.’ Because I’d looked it up and I’d kind of done my research. Then maybe about a week later, my team called me, “You’re not going forward for Legends, but they want you to come in and audition for this show called The Flash. It’s pretty obvious that Zoom expects Wells to betray Barry in return for sparing Jesse, but it’s not until the show’s end that we get Wells’ decision and learn exactly what it is that Zoom wants. Wally — who would eventually become the main Flash, and even join the Justice League — is known for his pasty skin, fiery red hair and a personality to match. Iris has revealed to him the secret of her previously unknown brother, sitting alongside Iris as she finally breaks the news to Joe. (Cue the first of many times Jesse L.

They’ve always made an effort to keep Captain Cold likable, and the former villain took another big step to the side of good this week by opting not to help out the Super Flash Kill Squad, and actually made a point to warn Barry about the threat (after breaking into his house and stealing hot cocoa, which was hilarious, but still). This transition has been telegraphed for about a year, ever since Captain Cold was revealed as a hero on the spinoff series Legends of Tomorrow, but they’ve actually managed to pull it off without it being too heavy-handed.

That man knows how to do a “fighting back the tears” face like few others.) The name is what really gets Joe — Wally is short for Wallace, which is what they would have named Iris had she been a boy. It won’t be too much of a shock when he decides to suit up and follow Rip Hunter to 1975 (and wherever else they need to go) to hunt down Vandal Savage. Knowing that Mardon killed her father, Barry tries to be there for her, not wanting her to be reckless, but she believes zeroing in on Mardon isn’t being reckless. Well, Barry’s a good guy, and they’re all good people, but I think that that can sometimes be frustrating for Wally, because he’s trying to find his place in this family, but his place is almost already filled by this other son that Joe has.

Barry is going to try to do his job, too, even if Patty thinks he’s so far behind on the Central City gossip that he doesn’t even know about Harrison Wells. Lonsdale got to step into a well-established franchise with his character of Uriah Insurgent, but his research going into The Flash was on a whole other level. Whereas he could read two books to prepare as Uriah, Wally West has a rich, 50-year comic history (the character debuted in Flash #110 in 1959) that would make it difficult for Lonsdale to even scratch the surface. Yes, we get that not everyone needs to know Barry is The Flash, but find more creative ways to tell that story if you’re this keen to keep going to the well. It’s a lot more to think about with ‘The Flash’ because it’s a part of the comic book world and there are so many different versions to research, and so many different versions of Wally West, then there’s the show, then there’s the original show.

Even if I don’t get the job, I still like this show, and I really like The Flash, so I’ll keep the comics anyway.” Luckily it worked out, because I have a few now. Oh dear lord the thirst is real,” as Cisco puts it, sums up that flirtmance perfectly), so it seems feasible that another wand can be built as an early Christmas present for Barry. I’m sure like a lot of other kids, I spent a lot of hours creating superhero powers for myself in the laundry room, and running and jumping all over the place. Unfortunately, it also sends Patty into the line of fire. (ASIDE: It’s tough not to have the iconic Batman: The Animated Series episode “Christmas With the Joker” in mind throughout the episode, from the Trickster mentioning “Harley” to him singing “Flashy the Red-Nosed Speedster”: “Flashy the red-nosed speedster had a very shiny suit. And if you ever saw him, you might even want to puke.” It may not go down in history as iconic as “Jingle Bells, Batman Smells,” but it’s nice to see Hamill delighting in the chance to once again bring a devilish character to life.

Even more recently, I’m still learning more and more about Wally because the guys at DC just sent me a bunch of the old comics, which is really cool. It’s cool, it’ll definitely be interesting to watch their relationship, and Wally’s relationship with everyone kind of grows, because he’s being introduced and he doesn’t know these people, so that’s always kind of a tough thing. END ASIDE) The two separately follow a reflection in the video to an abandoned factory — here’s your weekly reminder that half of both Central and Star cities is just neglected real estate that a realtor could clean up with the right buyers — only to fall into the Trickster’s first trap.

Lonsdale said that growing up with half of his siblings (of which he can boast 11 total), and meeting the other half later in life has helped him achieve an appreciation for family. He has the two surrounded by spinning dreidels ready to explode. (James Jesse doesn’t let something like religion get in the way of a good, deadly trick.) But Barry uses his windmill arms to propel him and Patty out of the facility, missing the ensuing explosion but leaving Patty only more enraged. Because deep down, especially when you’re growing up, you have your personality, and you are who you are, but usually it’s covered up by something else. I grew up with my mom and my mom had 6 kids and I was the youngest, but I had a different father than my brothers and sisters, and I only met him when I was 10 years old, then he introduced me to his other children.

Cavanagh has managed to make the character weirdly familiar, yet wholly new, but it seems some things never change — Harrison Wells will always wind up working against The Flash. And on top of meeting these new family members, which would be overwhelming enough after all these years, his mom is sick too, which must be its own unique kind of burden. Though the episode is largely focused on the other rogues, Zoom is still lurking in the margins, and has forced Harry into working with him (since Zoom is still holding his daughter hostage). Zoom’s plan also sounds a bit familiar: He wants Barry to get stronger and faster — but instead of using him to open a time portal like Reverse-Flash — Zoom just wants him chock full of Speed Force so he can eat him like Thanksgiving dinner.

It makes enough sense that Zoom would want to get as much as he can out of Barry, but really, this just seems like a contrivance to keep Zoom from killing Barry right now. If your mom is ill and you don’t know the rest of your family and now, all of a sudden, you are in a position where you have to get to know them… But he’s also old enough to make that choice himself: if he doesn’t want to , he doesn’t have to.

The magnetic pull causes all of the other bombs to fly into the portal as well (I missed the science class on interdimensional magnetism, so I can’t speak to the veracity of this plan), just as Barry has taken quite the beating. I mean, he is serious and he is reserved and defensive and he has an attitude, but at the same time, he can switch things up with his humor, which is sometimes kind of dry. [Laughs.] I think that’s a big part of Wally, his humor, and obviously, more so in other versions where it’s more of a lighthearted kind of thing.

After freeing himself and Patty from a swarm of wind-up exploding dreidels by using his newfound power of flight, and after listening to Patty’s “I blame myself” story, Barry is no closer to catching Mardon and Trickster. The environment on set is super positive and happy and everyone chatting together, everyone joking, or rapping, or a couple of people dancing, you know what I mean? How about posing as the world’s third-worst Santa (don’t ask me about the other two, my therapist tells me to let it go already) and passing out 100 neatly wrapped bombs to the good little girls and boys of Central City. Barry takes his beating while Wells and Jay give Cisco a lesson on what happens when a pair of Earth-2 physicists put their differences aside and work together. Barry tells Earth-2 Wells –well, his back, at least– “I forgive you.” At the party, Jay and Cait finally kiss beneath the mistletoe, to everyone’s relief.

I love how they’ve done it with these shows, and with “The Flash,” they do it so organically with adding different cultures to the show, and people of color. Wally is being introduced as a regular guy, but we all know that he has a heroic future to fulfill — have you been doing any training so that you’re prepared, just in case they decide to power you up? I feel like with my luck, they’ll be like, “hey, so tomorrow you’re going be in the suit.” You never know. [Laughs.] You mentioned that you were a fan of the show before you even auditioned to be part of it. I think all the actors are amazing — I think Grant, as Barry, you’re really rooting for him, and that’s such an important thing for a superhero, for your lead guy.

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