Despite pulling the plug on the surprisingly solid Tomorrow People last season, The CW is staying in the Robbie Amell business — and now he’s opened up about his upcoming turn on The Flash.
Amell has joined the series in a major recurring role as Ronnie Raymond, aka fellow DC hero Firestorm (a two-part role also played by Victor Garber), the long-missing fiancee of Caitlin Snow (Danielle Panabaker). Ronnie will be introduced in tonight’s episode, having gone missing (and presumed dead) in the wake of the STAR Labs explosion.
Tonight’s episode is apparently flashback-heavy, introducing Ronnie before his disappearance and showing a bit of his relationship with Caitlin. Though Ronnie will join the show this week, Amell teased that we’ll have to wait until December to see him suit up as Firestorm. Though the character is a hero in the comics, it sounds like he’ll have some growing pains with his new powers that’ll put him at odds (at least in the early goings) with Team Flash:
“I hadn't seen the pilot [when I filmed that episode], but I'm glad I hadn't since the flashbacks happen at the same time as the pilot. I got to walk into it as completely blank slate. We shot the celebratory scene first, which was great; it's always exciting coming into a new project. It actually had a lot of the same crew, about 70 percent, with The Tomorrow People moved over [to The Flash]. Trying to establish a relationship with Danielle's character Caitlin in a short period of time ended up going well because we had mutual friends and we sat down and talked for a while before we shot anything. I've only seen a couple clips; I'm excited to watch the episode tomorrow night. I've become a big fan of the show.
You meet Ronnie Raymond tomorrow [in "Fastest Man Alive"] and then in December, you meet Firestorm. It'll take a minute before Firestorm turns back into Ronnie because when they find him in December, my character is really going through some stuff. He's schizophrenic, doesn't know what's happening, he's confused and dangerous to the people around him. You may not see Ronnie Raymond for a little while, but you'll see Firestorm … It's a huge difference. People will barely recognize him in December, but they'll know it's him when the fire bursts in the hands and the fire bursts in the head. The particle accelerator almost killed Ronnie and the fallout from it will definitely be seen in December.”
Amell, who is the cousin of Arrow star Stephen Amell, actually grew to be quite likable in Tomorrow People — so we can’t wait to see what he does on The Flash. It also sounds like Firestorm will have a major role in the series around midseason, with Amell teasing we’ll see his powers manifest in “one of [his] episodes,” meaning he’ll apparently be sticking around for a while.
What do you think of The Flash so far? Can they pull off adding Firestorm?
(Via The Hollywood Reporter)