The CW’s hit series, “The Flash” has cast Jordan Fisher as “Bart Allen” in their latest season coinciding with the series’ 150th episode anniversary.
Bartholomew “Bart” Allen, in the television series, is the son of Barry Allen/The Flash (Grant Gustin) and Iris West-Allen (Candice Patton). Like his father he is a speedster, but hails from the future, fighting crime alongside The Flash as “Impulse.”
Bart’s appearance marks the second of The Flash’s future children to visit them in the past; the first being Nora Allen, their daughter in Season 6 of the series. Actor Jordan Fisher is best known for his roles in “Grease: Live,” To All The Boys I’ve Ever Loved: P.S. I Still Love You,” and Disney’s “Teen Beach Movie.” This also marks the first time an African-American has portrayed the character.
In the comics, however, Bart is not The Flash’s son, but his grandson, being the son of Meloni Thawn and Don Allen, the latter being The Flash’s son and one of The Tornado Twins, twin speedsters with powers similar to their father’s. Bart grows up to become the second Kid Flash and the fourth Flash There is currently no word on why The CW’s version of the character does not have the same origins.
Fan response to Fisher’s casting has been largely positive, however:
jordan fisher as bart allen 😌 i've been manifesting this for years pic.twitter.com/z05kiWctzL
— kendra (@kendraenos) March 30, 2021
Jordan Fisher has been cast as Bart Allen on The Flash. So excited and can’t wait to see him with Grant Gustin, Candice Patton and the rest of the cast.❤️⚡️ pic.twitter.com/t6xYOFJF6J
— D☂︎ (@hessa_five) March 31, 2021
I wanna say a huge congratulations 🍾🎉🎈🎊 to my man @jordanfisher getting cast as Bart Allen I’ve been a fan of flash from the start, since arrow season 2 episode 8, I can’t wait to see what you bring to such an amazing member of the flash family ⚡️ pic.twitter.com/xCmcocRhzg
— Chaos King TJ (@ChaotixTH) March 30, 2021
Jordan Fisher’s casting only confirms The CW’s commitment to inclusivity and diversity, as it found itself re-examining its policies and show castings following issues on “Riverdale.”
As you may recall, the show was riddled with accusations of racism by Riverdale actress, Vanessa Morgan, for its mishandling of Black characters by writing them off, paying them less than their White co-stars, and making Black characters “sidekicks.” The network responded adding more Black characters to various shows and will try not underutilize black characters or portray them as criminals.
The air date for Jordan Fisher’s debut as “Bart Allen/Impulse” has yet to be announced.