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Is Flash Casting An African-American Iris?

Casting breakdowns have surfaced for two characters for the Flash pilot.

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irisallenWhile there’s been no confirmation from the studio or the network on this, it appears that Iris West will look a bit different than who we’ve seen before in the Flash pilot that will be filmed in early 2014.

A site called Bludhaven Banter managed to get a hold of the casting breakdowns for Iris West and Detective West, her father. Iris is described as African-American, between 22 and 28, and “as smart as she is beautiful.” Flash’s Iris is in grad school studying psychology. The breakdown also refers to her as “Barry’s mile a minute, fast-talking, quick-witted best friend” – the one “not-tough” thing in a tough childhood for Barry. Her father, Detective West, took Barry in when his mother was murdered, and she has no idea Barry has feelings beyond friendship for her.

BaqObbfCYAAojhaIris’ father, Detective West, is an “honest blue collar cop who’s seen it all.” Like Barry, he went through the foster system himself, and he believes in Barry and supports his efforts to prove his father’s innocence.

You can read the actual breakdowns on that site.

Now, it is quite possible plans could change in the casting process, but considering this site was accurate in the past with Ant-Man casting information, it seems this one is most likely legit. These are the same two roles that had been Tweeted by casting director David Rapaport yesterday.

We posted some of our own Flash casting choices the other day; with this new information, who might our pick be? How about Aeriél Miranda, who played “Piper” on The Tomorrow People a few weeks ago?

Either way, stay tuned as the next few months should have a number of casting announcements — including official ones.

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  1. moviefan

    December 6, 2013 at 12:27 am

    Personally I don’t like when they gender/race change characters. Minor characters ok, but iris also ties to other legacy flash character wally/bart and other future speedsters. So I don’t want to see characters changed for no real need. But the other hand we don’t know officially if those breakdowns are real yet. So let’s see where things go first. And also even if they where to be looking for african americans to fill roles. They could change plans if other actors come in and they decide to change a different character.

    • Alice A

      December 7, 2013 at 2:21 pm

      I don’t mind race/gender bending but you said it would also be consequential to Wally and Bart and then I realised how big the impact of changing Iris’s race would be – and honestly, I couldn’t deal if they took away Wally’s red hair and freckles!

  2. Miguel

    December 6, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Please don’t change the source material!!! That’s all I have to say.

  3. Steph

    December 9, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    I think it’s perfectly fine as long as they don’t change the role itself, and I’m sometimes even fine with that. Still, I don’t don’t see how the race will change the actual legacy of the character. Events from the comic can still play out just fine. I’m more concered with the writing being good. Not a big deal to me. It’s nice to see some diversity anyway. Time will tell how accurate it is.

  4. Steve

    December 12, 2013 at 2:27 am

    What a black iris not gonna support the show! Just like how I didn’t support the new man of steel movie! Because the couldn’t cast a real alien to play superman! Really DC a human played superman! Boo!!!!!

  5. John

    December 12, 2013 at 2:31 am

    Amber Stevens would make a great Iris! And Blair Underwood could play the father of Iris….

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Flash Spoilers: Abra Kadabra Returns in “Central City Strong”

Official description with spoilers for the Flash Season 7 episode “Central City Strong”

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The CW has released an official description for the fourth episode of The Flash Season 7 which is called “Central City Strong” and it features the return of Abra Kadabra! Here’s the description with some spoilers; hopefully we’ll have some photos soon.

ABRA KADABRA RETURNS – The Flash (Grant Gustin) must deal with Abra Kadabra’s (guest star David Dastmalchian) sudden return to Central City. The villain is back with a vengeance and a score to settle. Meanwhile, Allegra (Kayla Compton) deals with a tricky situation and Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) suspects something is off with Frost. Iris (Candice Patton) is forced to look at a dark moment in her past. Jeff Byrd directed the episode with story by Kristen Kim and teleplay by Joshua V. Gilbert & Jeff Hersh (#704). Original airdate 3/23/2021.

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Flash #7.2 Photos: “The Speed of Thought”

Preview images with spoilers for the Flash TV series episode “The Speed of Thought” airing March 9 on The CW

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The CW has released a series of stills from the second episode of The Flash Season 7 which is called “The Speed of Thought” and of course FlashTVNews is bringing them to you at super speed!

The episode airs on Tuesday, March 9 and here is how it is described; the photo gallery follows below.

BARRY GAINS A NEW SKILL — When Barry (Grant Gustin) suddenly gains the power of speed thinking, he attempts to use his new gift to save Iris (Candice Patton). While Barry is thrilled with his new power, Cisco (Carlos Valdes) is hesitant to trust it. Meanwhile, Eva (guest star Efrat Dor) must face a shattering truth. Stefan Pleszczynski directed the episode written by Jonathan Butler & Gabriel Garza (#702). Original airdate 3/9/2021.

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The Flash -- "The Speed of Thought" -- Image Number: FLA702fg_0001r.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon and Grant Gustin as Barry Allen -- Photo: The CW -- © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved

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Flash Season Premiere Clip: Barry & Iris Have A Dinner Date

The CW has released a preview clip from The Flash season premiere “All’s Wells That Ends Wells.”

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In a preview clip for tonight’s Flash season premiere, Barry (Grant Gustin) and Iris (Candice Patton) have a dinner date! But wait — wasn’t Iris still in the mirror world? It’s been so long since the last episode, you’re forgiven if you don’t remember.

“All’s Wells That Ends Wells” airs tonight (March 2) on The CW after a long wait, but hey… we now have this preview clip, and official photo stills and a description with spoilers for the season premiere can also be found below. Don’t forget that after The Flash we get a new episode of new Tuesday night companion series Superman & Lois!

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The Flash -- "All's Wells That Ends Wells" -- Image Number: FLA701a_0052r.jpg -- Pictured: Brandon McKnight as Chester P. Runk -- Photo: Katie Yu/The CW -- © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved

SEASON PREMIERE – When an experiment to save Barry’s (Grant Gustin) speed backfires, Nash Wells (Tom Cavanagh) searches for a way to save The Flash and comes up with a dangerous plan. Meanwhile, Iris (Candice Patton) makes a startling realization inside the Mirrorverse and Cecile (Danielle Nicolet) faces off with Rosa Dillon (guest star Ashley Rickards). Alexandra La Roche directed the episode written by Sam Chalsen & Lauren Certo (#701). Original airdate 3/2/2021.

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