Robbie Amell, the cousin of "Arrow" star Stephen Amell, has landed his own superhero role. Well half of one. The younger Amell is set to join the cast of The CW's "The Flash" in the series' inaugural season as Ronnie Raymond, one half of the DC Comics superhero Firestorm.
What do you mean one half of Firestorm you ask?
Firestorm is quite an interestingly complicated character. High school student, Ronnie Raymond gets caught in a nuclear explosion created by physicist Martin Stein. In the accident, the physicist falls unconscious and his mind is absorbed into Ronnie's. Acting as his Jiminy Cricket, Stein guides Ronnie on mastering his nuclear powers as the new superhero Firestorm. In the comics, things get even more complicated when a third personalty gets added to Ronnie's mind.
Exactly how much of the Firestorm comic's background gets adapted into the show? We will just have to wait and watch. What we do know is that Amell's Firestorm will not be in high school.
Robbie will now take on the role of Ronnie who according to The CW will be a maintenance worker at STAR labs engaged to Dr. Caitlin Snow, played by Danielle Panabaker who we saw in the trailer. He will have a pivotal part in the accident that made Barry Allen the Flash.
This won't be the first time Robbie Amell appears in a CW show. He is best known for playing the lead role in the recently ended "The Tomorrow People" series.
Lots of DC lore is being incorporated to the two DC superhero live-action television shows. Will we possibly see one huge team-up between all the superheros on the two shows? How about the two Amell's appearing in a crossover episode? Be sure to catch the new season of "Arrow" and "The Flash" when they return to The CW.