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"Flash" EP Addresses Season 2's Multiple Speedster "Problem"

When "The Flash" returns for its second season, Barry Allen's titular hero will find himself joined by at least three new speedsters. Despite the sudden increase in fleet-footed characters, however, the CW show's Executive Producer assures fans that Barry will remain unique among them.

"It's always Barry's journey," Gabrielle Stanton explains to TV Line. "'The Flash' is always about Barry, but these people who come in will show us different ways that The Flash can be."

Jay Garrick (Teddy Sears) was DC Comics' original Flash, and will adopt a mentor-like role on the show, similar to the one he and Barry had in the comics.

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In the source comics, Wally West famously becomes the Flash's protege/sidekick, adopting the codename Kid Flash. When Keiynan Lonsdale brings him to life for television, Stanton says he will have a "very interesting and close relationship" with Barry, but remained tight-lipped on details.

As for Professor Zoom, while the new villain appears at a glance to be derivative of Eobard thawne, Flash's nemesis in Season 1, Stanton promises there's much, much more to the evil speedster, calling him "scary as all hell."

"Zoom is going to be very different in terms of motivation, in terms of what he wants from The Flash, in terms of why he's doing what he's doing. I know a lot of people are thinking, '[Professor Zoom and Reverse Flash] were so similar in the comics. What's going to make them different?' I guarantee no one will confuse him for one second with what we did last year. It's actually much more different than people would think."

Starring Grant Gustin, Carlos Valdes and Jesse L. Martin, "The Flash" returns to The CW on Oct. 6 on at 8 p.m. EST.

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