There are some iconic speedsters in DC Comics. At the top of that list, and one of the most beloved is Bart Allen aka Impulse. Best associated with the group known as Young Justice, Bart Allen is Barry Allen’s grandson, son of one of the Tornado Twins (Dawn & Donald Allen, Barry’s kids). Under the hero name Impulse, Bart Allen has wormed his way into the hearts of comics fans for decades.
Though, really, ths interest also took a sharp uptick with the beloved Young Justice animated series. Bart Allen & Jaime Reyes (Blue Beetle) are a really great double act, if we’re being honest. Now, it looks like The Flash is bringing Bart in during the last episodes of season 7. Naturally, the Arrowverse version of Bart has some key differences with the comic book character.
Meet Bart Allen
Jordan Fisher, best known for his role in the To All the Boys franchise, has joined the cast of The CW series as Bart Allen. Fisher will be in a recurring guest star role as Bart, appearing in the series 150th episode, which is the 17th episode of season 7 if you’re keeping count. Now, the biggest key difference between Arrowverse Bart and Comics Bart, comes in his relation to Barry (Grant Gustin) & Iris (Candice Patton).
According to Variety, the CW series describes Bart as “the future son of Barry aka the Flash and Iris and is said to be “the fastest teenager on the planet.” However, due to his penchant for “wildly impulsive behavior,” Barry and Iris will have their hands full trying to teach him patience — which will be a necessity if they want to succeed, not only as a family unit, but also in stopping the biggest threat to the Flash yet.”
Now, what could that threat be? We don’t know. Much like season 6, The Flash season 7 will be split into two “graphic novels”. So we don’t know if the events of what’s currently going on will affect things when we get to Bart Allen’s appearance in the series. Either way, it is interesting that they made him the son instead of the grandson, as he traditionally is.
Didn’t this happen before?
Kind of. A big part of The Flash season 5 was that Barry & Iris’ future daughter, Nora (Jessica Parker Kennedy) travelled back in time in order to stop her dad from sacrificing himself during Crisis on Infinite Earths. Now, we won’t get too into the details. But due to time travel nonsense, Nora erased her future from the timeline, meaning that she was erased from the timeline as well.
Now, we don’t know if Bart is an only child or not here. Or if he’s lying about being Barry & Iris’ son in order not to freak them out too badly. Or if he’s somehow going to be erased from the timeline in order to make way for the Tornado Twins. Take your pick because those are all the theories off the top of our heads until we get some actual information from the series.
Either way, Bart Allen is still a fun & beloved character. Bringing him into The Flash is a move that makes sense, especially bringing him in for a landmark episode like a 150 of a series. It’s a solid move. Hopefully, the writers of The Flash bring that joy & humor to Impulse that make fans love him in the first place. Either way, it’s going to be interesting to see where things go from here.
The Flash season 7 casts Jordan Fisher (To All the Boys 2) as Bart Allen aka Impulse, the future grandson of Barry Allen and Iris West-Allen.
The CW's The Flash season 7 casts Jordan Fisher as Bart Allen aka Impulse, the future grandson of Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) and Iris West-Allen (Candice Patton). Throughout its seven-season run, The Flash has introduced plenty of super-powered characters - both heroes and villains - as well as a number of speedsters from all around the multiverse. Though Barry may be the Arrowverse's original Flash, viewers have also been treated to other iterations from different Earths like John Wesley Shipp's Barry from Earth-90, as well as other speedster characters like Wally West's Kid Flash (Keiynan Lonsdale) and Jesse Quick (Violett Beane). Speedster villains have also appeared, like Reverse-Flash (Matt Letscher), Hunter Zolomon (Teddy Sears) and Savitar.
Deadline is reporting that Fisher has joined the cast of The Flash season 7 in a guest role as Bart Allen aka Impulse, who is Barry and Iris's future grandson. Described as "wildly impulsive" and "the fastest teenager on the planet," Fisher will first appear as Bart in The Flash's 150th episode - set to be season 7, episode 17. Read the full official description of the Arrowverse's Bart Allen below.
Fisher's Bart Allen being introduced as Barry and Iris's grandson in The Flash show mirrors the comics, in which Barry and Iris have a son named Don, who in turn has a son named Bart. The Arrowverse has a history of changing and adapting the source material for their series' own purposes, so it's not clear how much of Bart's origin story will remain the same. Don's character was adapted somewhat in The Flash already and introduced as one half of the Tornado Twins, but operating in 2968, so introducing Bart may require some show-specific explanation.
While some may be skeptical of how the show can work in Bart Allen's character, Fisher is a good get for the Arrowverse. A rising star since appearing in 2016's Grease Live!, the actor has since co-starred in Netflix romcoms To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You and Work It. He's next set to appear in the upcoming adaptation of Jennifer E. Smith's Hello, Goodbye and Everything in Between. His charm and charisma on screen makes him an excellent addition to the cast, and it will be fun to watch him play the impulsive young speedster Impulse opposite Gustin's Barry and Patton's Iris. Viewers will get to decide for themselves how they feel about Fisher's Bart Allen when he debuts later on in The Flash season 7.
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