Shedding “Light” on “The Flash’s” TV Universe

by JC Alvarez
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The October premieres of The CW hit shows The Flash and Arrow couldn’t come sooner as announcements continue to come in expanding on the DC Comics television universe! The most recent development has one of the most infamous characters in Justice League mythos getting ready to brighten our flat-screens when Doctor Light gets introduced in the upcoming Season Two of The Flash.

Series show runner Gabriel Stanton has confirmed to TVLine that the doctor that will be realized on the show is “the female” version that made a very dramatic first appearance in the DC Comics classic Crisis On Infinite Earths in 1985, and will not be the more nefarious villain that has always been a villain and foil of both the JL and the Teen Titans.

Mention of Doctor Light has already been “easter egged” in the TV universe. Kimiyo Hoshi was mentioned as an employee of S.T.A.R. Labs in a previous episode of Arrow that featured appearances from The Flash’s S.T.A.R. Labs operatives Dr. Caitlin Snow (Danielle Panabaker) and Cisco Ramon (Carlos Valdes). This gives rise to the theory that the good doctor is perhaps a metahuman.

"The Flash" TV world gets bigger in Season 2 pushing the boundaries of the DCU!

“The Flash” TV world gets bigger in Season 2 pushing the boundaries of the DCU!

In the comics, the female Doctor Light receives her powers of light energy control and conversion after the Anti-Monitor blasts her with a beam of interstellar light with the intention of turning her into one of his minions. Although Doctor Light never turned to the dark side and even served as a member of the Justice League, she’s possessed of a challenging attitude that’s never made her very popular.

No word yet on the actress who will be cast in the light of the role, but nonetheless the anticipation for the introduction of yet another DC Comics character to enter into the fray on The Flash is very exciting news. The series this year will also introduce Wally West who fans already know eventually becomes the heroes faithful sidekick Kid Flash, and news that Jay Garrick, the Earth-2 Flash, has also been released.

The first look of actor Teddy Sears in the familiar “original” Flash costume was revealed with an homage to the very first crossover appearance of the heroes from the cover of The Flash #123. The casting of relative newcomer Kenynan Lonsdale (who has appeared in Divergent) as Wally West confirms the theory that when introduced on the show his Wally will be more closely related to The New 52 incarnation.

The Flash Season 2 is set to premiere on The CW on October 6.

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