The Flash New Firestorm

Flash Stars Preview New Firestorm's Introduction, 'Love-Hate' Dynamic

Has the flame gone out for Firestorm?

On this Tuesday’s episode of The Flash (The CW, 8/7c), the team will attempt to reignite the ailing Dr. Stein’s fire as he deals with the fallout from the death of his combustive superhero other half, Ronnie Raymond (played by Robbie Amell).

“We need to find someone to pair him with to make his body whole again,” star Grant Gustin previews during a recent visit to the show’s Vancouver set. “So we’re trying to find a compatible match, but he’s declining quickly and things don’t go as smoothly as everyone would like them to go.”

It doesn’t help that the S.T.A.R. Labs crew was not expecting Dr. Stein to have such a potentially catastrophic reaction to Ronnie’s demise. “The shock for all of us was that we didn’t know that, because of his metabolic problem, he wouldn’t exist without being able to be conjoined with another person,” Victor Garber, who plays the doc, describes while promoting the upcoming Flash/Arrow spinoff DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.

Once they wrap their heads around the surprising turn of events, Barry & Co. line up some candidates to replace Ronnie. “There are a couple Firestorm options, and there are some fun scenes with those guys,” teases Gustin.

The Flash New FirestormBut there can only be one winner, and he’s Jax, an ex-high school athlete and mechanic (played by Franz Drameh) who nabs the position because “he’s not power-hungry for it, and in that respect, he won’t abuse” his abilities, Drameh says.

In a departure from his predecessor, “Jax does not want to be a hero,” Drameh describes. “He does not want these powers,” but the newcomer realizes that “he has to step up and embrace it and do his job.”

However, that doesn’t mean he and Stein will always get along. “It’s going to be fun to see this whole new Firestorm and just how Jax reacts with Stein,” Drameh says. “There’s a lot of back and forth, and it’s a love-hate relationship between the two.”

Adds Garber: “The dynamic is very different. I miss Robbie [Amell] because I love Robbie, but I’m very happy with the casting in this department. He’s a tremendous actor and a wonderful person. Because it’s a very different dynamic, it’s completely challenging and fun to play.”

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  1. Rowan says:

    Can’t wait to watch.

  2. Luis says:

    What kind of want ad do you put out for that job?

  3. A says:

    So how & where did they find & recruit someone new to pair with Dr. Stein? Did they put an ad in the newspaper?
    Can’t wait to see the new episode.

  4. Mr. Tran K says:

    Why would Professor Stein cheat death not once but twice? Hope this could be a sign for Firestorm.

  5. Gerri says:

    What are they talking about….. I was sure Ronnie was not dead, merely sucked into Earth 2. They have to get him back!!!! I don’t want him to be replaced. He can’t be replaced. Whatever they are doing with this new guy it can’t be the same. Not happy.

  6. Eric says:

    Wait. So they would subject ANOTHER person to be linked with the professor? Isn’t that selfish on their part? Maybe he should die..

  7. Patrick Maloney says:

    I am always excited for a Firestorm centric episode, but where exactly is Jason Rusch in all this?

  8. Alichat says:

    So Ronnie Raymond is officially dead? I liked the dynamic between Garber and Amell. I thought Ronnie had just been sucked into another world/timeline. Aren’t we expecting him to pop back into the this world at some point??? Especially since otherworld Harrison Wells has appeared.