Ever since his cape came flying through the open wormhole in the Season 1 finale of "The Flash," fans have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of Jay Garrick in the CW Series. Garrick, who will be played by Teddy Sears in the new episodes, is a speedster who predates Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) and one of the most highly anticipated new faces in Central City. Now, courtesy of the show's Twitter page, viewers got their first look at the new character on Tuesday.
The show introduced Garrick on Twitter with a side-by-side photo comparison that is sure to make comic book fans freak out a little bit. One side the tweet shows the cover of the DC comic "The Flash" #123 -- "The Flash of Two Worlds" -- featuring both the Flash and Garrick. The other side the tweet features a live-action recreation of the iconic cover with Gustin and Sears in their respective roles.
Check out Teddy Sears as Jay Garrick in the tweet below:
— The Flash (@CW_TheFlash) August 11, 2015
Comic fans know Garrick as the original Flash. As a midwestern chemistry student in college, Garrick was involved in an accident that resulted in him being covered with chemicals that transformed him into the first speedster, years before Barry was ever born or -- in the show's timeline anyway -- Eobard Thawne (Tom Cavanaugh) came into the picture. In fact, a quote from the DC comics issue of "The Flash" featured in the show's tweet teases the tension that might arise between Garrick and Barry.
"How can you possibly claim to be the Flash, Barry Allen," Garrick asks, "when I -- Jay Garrick -- am the Flash and have been so for more than 20 years?"
Garrick joins a long list of new characters primed to make their debuts in Season 2. In fact, Garrick is not even the first new speedster announced to be joining the show. Earlier this month, "The Flash" announced that Keiynan Lonsdale had been tapped to play the role of Wally West – a.k.a. Kid Flash.
How will Barry handle the appearance of Jay Garrick in Central City? Fans will have to wait to find out. "The Flash" returns to the CW for Season 2 on Oct. 6.