Another speedster from the future with familial ties to Barry and Iris is coming to The Flash.
The CW announced on Tuesday that actor Jordan Fisher has been cast in the recurring guest-star role of Bart Allen in season 7 of The Flash. Bart, who goes by the moniker Impulse, is the speedster son of Barry (Grant Gustin) and Iris (Candice Patton) from the future. Fisher will make his debut appearance as Bart in season 7, episode 17, which coincides with the show’s 150th installment.
According to the official character description, Bart is the fastest teenager on the planet. He, however, has a penchant for wildly impulsive behavior, so Barry and Iris will have their hands full trying to teach their son patience. But it’s a task they’ll have to accomplish, in order for their family to work together and stop Team Flash’s biggest threat yet.
Interestingly, Barry and Iris have been through something similar in season 5 when they met Nora (Jessica Parker Kennedy), aka XS, their speedster daughter from the future who assisted them and the rest of Team Flash with their Cicada/Eobard Thawne problem. Unfortunately, Nora died at the end of the season and was ultimately erased from the timeline.
Created by Mark Waid and Mike Wieringo in 1994, Bart is actually Barry’s grandson in the comics, and is even a descendant of Barry’s arch-nemesis, Reverse-Flash, on his mother’s side. After becoming the fourth Flash, Bart was murdered and then resurrected before being retconned out of existence when the New 52 launched in 2011. The beloved character, however, made a comeback to the main DC Universe following the Rebirth initiative.
Fisher is an actor, musician, dancer, producer, gamer, and social justice advocate. On stage, he made history as the first biracial actor to portray the title character in Dear Evan Hansen. He also played John Laurens/Philip Hamilton in Hamilton.
On TV, Fisher appeared on ABC Family’s The Secret Life of the American Teenager, MTV’s Teen Wolf, and Disney Channel’s Liv and Maddie: Cali Style. He also lent his voice to the animated shows Archibald’s Next Big Thing and She-Ra and the Princesses of Power. He was also part of the cast of Fox’s Grease Live and Rent Live, and was even hailed as the winner in season 25 of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.
On the movie front, Fisher played John Ambrose on Netflix’s To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You and will next appear in the feature film Hello, Goodbye and Everything In Between, which he also will executive produce.
The Flash season 7 airs every Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.