Robbie Amell Cast in ‘The Flash’ as Firestorm, ‘The Flash’ Digital Comic Announced

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Robbie Amell is Firestorm

Robbie Amell / Firestorm

Robbie Amell, former star of The CW’s now cancelled The Tomorrow People and cousin of Arrow star Stephen Amell, has been cast as Ronnie Raymond. The DC Comics character Ronnie Raymond makes up one half of the superhero known as Firestorm.

Amell will appear as Ronnie Raymond in the third episode of season one and will be introduced as the fiancé of S.T.A.R. Labs scientist Caitlin Snow (Danielle Panabaker). Ronnie is described as a “maintenance worker at S.T.A.R. Labs” who “plays an integral part in the particle accelerator accident that transforms Barry Allen (Grant Gustin)”.

As stated previously, Ronnie Raymond makes up only half of Firestorm. The other half would be Martin Stein or Jason Rusch depending on what DC continuity The Flash follows. Yes, Firestorm is compiled of two people sharing the same vessel, essentially. The first Firestorm, Ronnie Raymond and Martin Stein, debuted in 1978 in Firestorm, the Nuclear Man #1. The new Firestorm, compiled of Ronnie Raymond and Jason Rusch, could be seen in the now cancelled New 52 title The Fury of Firestorm: The Nuclear Men, and more recently in DC’s current weekly series The New 52: Futures End. The role of Martin Stein and/or Jason Rusch is yet to be cast and its uncertain whether or not we’ll see Ronnie become the so called Nuclear Man in season one of The Flash.

Robbie Amell seems very appreciative to be brought into The CW’s ever-expanding DC universe stating, “I’m so excited to join forces with [producer] Greg Berlanti and The CW again on The Flash. Being brought into the DC Universe is a dream, I can’t wait to get started!”

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Arrow & The Flash Digital Comics

In related news, DC Entertainment has announced that a new run of their Arrow digital comic and a new Flash tie-in digital comic are set to release on comiXology and other platforms later this year.

The first chapter of Arrow: Season 2.5, which bridges the gap between Arrow‘s second and third seasons, will be released digitally on Monday, September 1, while the first print issue will be released on Wednesday, October 8. Season 2.5 will be written by Arrow showrunner Marc Guggenheim and staff writer Keto Shimizu, with art by Joe Bennett (Iron Man).

As for The Flash, the first chapter of The Flash: Season Zero, which will take place between the pilot and episode two, will be released digitally on Monday, September 8 and in print on Wednesday, October 1. Season Zero will be written by Brooke Eikmeier (Boston Legal) and Arrow staff member Katherine Walczak, with art by Phil Hester and Eric Gapstur, who both worked together recently on Adventures of Superman.

The Flash premieres Tuesday, October 7 and season three of Arrow premieres Wednesday, October 8. Will you be watching? Are you happy to see Robbie Amell return to The CW? Do you plan on checking out Arrow: Season 2.5 or The Flash: Season Zero? Let us know in the comments.

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