Kid Flash fans rejoice! Keiynan Lonsdale is making a speedy return to The Flash during the second half of the current season post-Crisis.
Wally West first appeared on The Flash during the show’s second season in a recurring capacity as the long-lost son of Detective Joe West and brother of Iris West.
Since then he has gained Speed Force-related powers as a result of coming into contact with Savitar’s Philosopher’s Stone and became the super speedy vigilante known as Kid Flash, protege to Barry Allen aka The Flash.
However, after the show’s third season and the breakdown of his relationship with Jesse Quick, Wally made the jump from The Flash to become a member of the Legends of Tomorrow for their third season. While this only lasted one season, and the character has since returned to his desired lifestyle discovering himself in Tibet.
Just over a year later and, despite a variety of special guest appearances in the Arrowverse’s currently airing crossover Crisis on Infinite Earth from DC TV and Films throughout the decades, a lot of the in-canon Multiverse’s already established characters have not been accounted for, most prominently Wally West.
However, without any details being given as to how Kid Flash will return to The Flash given that we don’t know how the Multiverse will be by the end of the crossover, details of why the young speedster will return have been disclosed by recurring series writer and current series showrunner Eric Wallace.
“After working on his inner life in Tibet, Wally West, aka Kid Flash, is back to help Team Flash against a familiar threat… but one with a very new face!” the writer divulged, as well as stating that what’s different this time is that Wally has grown, along with his speedster abilities.
Keiynan Lonsdale originally auditioned for the role of Jefferson “Jax” Jackson, before the role was given to Franz Drameh and Lonsdale was given the part of Wally West that same season.
Since taking a break from the Arrowverse, the actor co-starred in the critically-acclaimed LGBT coming-of-age Brian Greenfield movie Love, Simon in early 2018.
Season 6 of The Flash returns in February 2020 after the concluding two-parter of Crisis on Infinite Earths on January 14, 2020.