Vanessa Williams Joins Season Two Cast of The Flash

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The diversity keeps coming:

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vanessa-williams“The Flash” has found Mama West. Variety has confirmed that “Candyman” and “Melrose Place” actress Vanessa Williams — not to be confused with the “Ugly Betty” and “Desperate Housewives” star of the same name — has been cast as Iris West’s (Candice Patton) mother and Joe West’s (Jesse L. Martin) wife in season two of The CW drama.

Williams’ debut episode is being kept under wraps, as are any other details about the previously absent matriarch.

The show is expected to delve further into the West family in season two, thanks to the addition of Keiynan Lonsdale as Wally West, known in DC Comics canon as Iris’ nephew, and Barry Allen’s (Grant Gustin) sidekick and eventual replacement as The Flash. Wally’s connection to the West family and role in Barry’s life on the show have yet to be confirmed, with “Flash” executive producer Andrew Kreisberg noting, “Just like when we met Grant for the first time, we instantly knew Keiynan embodied all the heart and courage of a hero. We are so excited to be bringing this much-beloved character onto the show.”

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This is the awesome consequence of having Joe & Iris cast as African-American. A big part of Flash lore is family and so have a Jesse L Martin and Candice Patton as Joe & Iris opened the door for a lot of other characters in the Flash family showing up. We already know we will be getting Wally West this season and now we will learn more about Iris' mom (and Joe's wife) this season as well.  What I love about this is, it doesn't feel forced. It all feels very natural for how this show has gone. Which is truly amazing to see. The way this show slide in the fact that the Captain was gay was so well done. It wasn't a big deal to the characters on the show, they accepted it without even thinking about it (or mention). But that's a huge deal for TV.  Agents of Shield just did the same thing, with the new Inhuman Joey being gay and even tying that into how he has to now hide who he is as an Inhuman after just becoming comfortable in his skin as a openly gay man.  This are small things but mean so much to so many people. And its making our entertainment better and I appreciate it.

 

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