The second and current season of “The Flash” introduced the character of Wally West, known in the comic books as Kid Flash, and The Flash for some part of a generation that grew up not having Barry Allen as the Scarlet Speedster. The actor who plays the role, Keiynan Lonsdale, made his debut in the midseason finale last winter, and since then appeared briefly in various episodes.
In a recent interview with ComicBook.com, Lonsdale talked about the changes and development that are waiting for his character, and how his development to a possible superhero will come to be.
With the minimal amount of screen time and character interaction that Wally is getting as of the moment, Lonsdale said that he will soon be interacting with a lot more characters, while also saying that Wally won’t know for the meantime anything about Barry being The Flash or Team Flash itself.
“At this point, the most important thing has been for him to be able to form a strong relationship with the West family and hopefully break down some of his barriers,” he said. “I think once he breaks down some of his barriers that will give him a chance to interact with more and more characters. And for me, that’ll be great because I’ll be able to work with more actors.”
The actor also talked about the possibility of him getting his speedster powers anytime soonbut not until Wally is ready to do so.
“I think one of the things that I find amazing is his potential for change,” he shared. “At this point in time, he’s not in the right mind frame to become Kid Flash, even, because if he got his powers now, he’s not ready to be a hero and I don’t think he’d be in the right place.”
With more screen time waiting for him, Wally’s character is open for big and major changes that may gear him up to becoming a hero just like what Barry is right now.
“There’s also the idea that — how do we get form one point to the next point? How does he grow, make a better relationship for his family, make better decisions for his own life, how does he let people in, and hopefully soon, how does he gain these powers?”
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