Actress Candice Patton, known for her role in the series The Game and the television movie The Craigslist Killer, has joined the cast for the CW pilot of DC Comics’ The Flash as Iris West. She joins Glee’s Grant Gustin as Barry Allen and Jesse L. Martin, who plays her father Detective West and also serves as a kind of surrogate father to Barry after his mother is murdered.
Although in the comics Iris is a reporter and Barry’s love interest (and eventual wife, in the old pre-New 52 continuity), in the upcoming show she is being described as “Allen’s fast-talking, quick-witted best friend.” Of course, the biggest departure for her character is that unlike in the comics, this Iris will be African-American, as will the entire West family. So when Wally West turns up in the television series (assuming it goes to series), it’s safe to assume you can forget the ginger look. The project is being developed by Warner Bros TV and Berlanti Productions.