The Flash season 4 has begun, things picked up from where last season left i.e when the speed-force became extremely volatile and unstable, it led to massive earthquakes that wreaked havoc upon the common folk in the Central City. It required a powerful speedster to stabilize the effects and Flash volunteered as he held himself guilty of creating Flashpoint timeline.
The Flashpoint timeline had a major impact on the life of Wally West. In season 2, when Prof. Wells was trying to recreate conditions of a particle accelerator explosion to restore Flash’s powers, accidently Wally and Jesse got exposed to the dark matter radiation. But they did’nt immediately become a speedster, which puzzled all of us. It was only a matter of time before Jesse transformed into a speedster “Jesse Quick”, but Wally got hurt by radiation. But in the Flashpoint timeline, we saw Wally West as the speedster fighting “the Rival” or Edward Clariss (he is Kid Flash’s nemesis in comics) but in the end, he lost his speed for good. Consequently, Barry went back in time with the Reverse Flash/Eobard Thawne and allowed him to kill his mother to fix the timeline.
The natural corollary of Scarlett Speedster leaving the Central City vulnerable to meta-human attacks would b the promotion of Wally West from being “Kid Flash” to become “The Flash” of Central city. But when the actor was asked if he would inherit the mantle, he shot down the theory and said that the show will not follow the storyline of DC comics. He said:
“It’s not something that’s on my radar. I feel as though there is so much story to tell and Wally has so much growing to do. I’d like to see that journey continue. That’s what I think is important. We need to see how these characters realistically get to where they are headed for.”
Well, he was right, in the absence of Barry Allen, Team Kid Flash tackled threats from criminals and meta-humans for six months until Flash returned. When he came back after Cisco manipulated speed-force using speed bazooka, he was mumbling nonsense but then he came to his senses, this time more powerful than ever. In comics, when Flash returned to the land of the living after Speed force afterlife, he started killing fellow speedsters with a mere touch. In fact, Barry Allen placed his hand on Savitar’s shoulders and reduced him to ash. Hence, he became the beginning and also the end of the speed force itself. Fortunately, this did not happen and we have got back our beloved speedster in the best shape possible.
The actor Keiynan Lonsdale plays Wally West aka Kid Flash on the show. In comics, Wally West was born to Rudolf and Mary West. He was always looked down upon by his parents, bullied by his brother. He is the successor to Barry Allen. He was given Flash costume by Barry, who trained him and took him under his wing as “Kid Flash”. On TV show, he is borne out of Philosopher’s stone held by Alchemy.
Keiynan came out as gay in a powerful Instagram post. He wrote “I hope we can all learn to embrace who we are & not judge people who aren’t exactly the same as us. He opened up about his sexuality and said that he is done apologizing for falling in love with people no matter their gender.
“I like to change my hair, I like to take risks with how I dress, I like girls, & I like guys (yes). I like growing, I like learning, I like who I am and I really like who I’m becoming,” he added. “Spent way too many years hating myself, thinking I was less valuable because I was different..which is just untrue. A couple years ago I was able to accept myself, & it saved my life, but now I’ve gotten to a new road block & I feel kind of lost. I gotta take the next step & actually embrace who I am, which is pretty exciting.”
“Not faking s–t anymore, not apologizing for falling in love with people no matter their gender,” he continued. “I’ve become bored of being insecure, ashamed, scared… no one should feel like that about themselves, especially when there is so much good life to live. Ya know more & more I see so many young people being their best / truest selves, it’s f–king inspiring… so what have I been waiting for!? Who knows. Everyone in their own time. I hope we can all learn to embrace who we are & not judge people who aren’t exactly the same as us. The truth is we are all family, we’re all one. Just love. Keiy.”
Lastly, he said:
“I like to take risks with how I dress, I like girls, & I like guys (yes), I like growing, I like learning, I like who I am and I really like who I’m becoming.”
Here’re some of the twitter responses:
All of the love for you beautiful human proud is an understatement. [Alicia Banit]
BABY U DESERVE ALL THE GOD DAMN LOVE IN THE UNIVERSE [Kim]
Making me real proud to be an Aussie right now [Brett Davies]
Here’s how Keiynan replied to all these messages:
“Nothing better than happy tears. The love is beyond measurable, thank you. Don’t forget to give that same love back to yourselves x”.
The British actor Elliot Night who played Merlin on ABC’s Once Upon A Time tweeted a message to Keiynan Lonsdale “Could not be prouder of my best friend ♥.”
This news coincidently came right after Tessa Thompson who is playing Valkyrie confirming that her character is bi-sexual. She tweeted: “She’s bi. And yes, she cares very little about what men think of her. What a joy to play!” It is not a big surprise as Valkyrie is bi-sexual in comics as well. The movie is just embracing her true identity and is more explicit in its approach. CHEERS!
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