That Jay Garrick helmet in the first season finale of “The Flash” wasn’t just an Easter egg — the original Flash is official for season two of the hit CW series, to be played by Teddy Sears. Additionally, Shantel VanSanten has been cast as Patty Spivot, a relatively newer addition to comic book lore. Both castings were made official Saturday night at Comic-Con International in San Diego, as part of the “Warner Bros. Television and DC Entertainment Screening Block” panel.
Here’s the official character description of Jay Garrick, created by Gardner Fox and Harry Lampert and first seen in 1940’s “Flash Comics” #1: “Jay is a mysterious figure who arrives in Central City to warn Barry Allen and his team at S.T.A.R. Labs of an impending danger that he alone cannot hope to stop.”
“Having Jay Garrick come onto the show was one of our earliest ideas,” “Flash” executive producer Andrew Kreisberg said in a statement. “It is so exciting, as we rush into season two, that we finally get to bring the Crimson Comet to life. We couldn’t imagine anyone more suited to play the original Flash than Teddy.”
Patty Spivot was created by Cary Bates and Irv Novick, and debuted in 1977’s “DC Special Series” #1. WBTV’s description: “Patty Spivot is a police officer and science enthusiast who catches the eye of Barry Allen. Patty is obsessed with metahumans and partners with Det. Joe West this season but has no idea that her new crush is The Flash.”
“We were huge fans of ‘The Messengers’ and are excited to have Shantel join us to help complicate Barry Allen’s love life in season two,” Kreisberg said. Sears was in the main cast of “Masters of Sex” for its first two seasons, as Dr. Austin Langham.
Along with “The Messengers,” which had a one-season run earlier this year on The CW, VanSanten was part of the main cast of “One Tree Hill.” Sears
“The Flash” season two debuts Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 8 p.m. on The CW.