“That’s not an Easter egg, that’s a story point. We’re going to see Jay.”
- Geoff Johns
Barry Allen first met Jay Garrick in the comics back in the classic and history making The Flash #123 in 1961 in a story titled The Flash of Two Worlds. In the story Barry Allen met his childhood hero from the comics that he read as a child and inspired him to become The Flash when he got his powers. They discovered that they populated parallel Earths, Earth-1 and Earth-2, respectively, and introduced the Multiverse to the DC Universe. Jay would go on to play a big role in not just Barry's life but other Flash's lives by being a mentor to Wally West after Barry sacrificed his life in Crisis on Infinite Earths, and to Barry's grandson Bart Allen.
This will mark the character's first appearance on a live-action show, but he has been referenced in the original Flash TV series with Barry's brother being named Jay, then on Smallville one of Bart's ID's was for Jay Garrick, and in later seasons we saw a painting of the Justice Society of America with the Flash. Check back on Comic Frontline for more news on The Flash and its casting of Jay Garrick, as we learn it.
The Flash stars Grant Gustin as Barry Allen/The Flash, Candice Patton as Iris West, Rick Cosnett as Eddie Thawne, Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow, Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon and Jesse L. Martin as Detective Joe West. It’s executive produced by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, David Nutter and Sarah Schechter.
Following the defeat of Barry Allen’s arch-nemesis Eobard Thawne (Reverse Flash), Team Flash quickly turned their attention to the singularity swirling high above Central City, which fans last saw consuming everything in its path. Armed with the heart of a hero and the ability to move at super speeds, Barry charged into the eye of the singularity, but will he actually be able to save his city from impending doom? The Flash will premiere its second season on Tuesday, October 6 and 8 PM EST.