The Flash’s Doctor Light Will Be A Lady

We pretty much knew that Wally West would be racebent since both Iris and Joe West have been but it was nice to see them cast Keiynan Lonsdale as our live action Wally.

“We are a doing our special Flash magic where we take a comic book character and give it just a little bit of a ‘Hmmm,’ so that you’re like, “Oh!” showrunner Gabrielle Stanton says. And while she’s mum on specifics, Stanton did tease that Wally will be incorporated “in a really, really cool way … that I don’t think the audience will see coming. He will definitely have a very interesting and close relationship with Team Flash.” – TV Line

The bit of news that really caught my eye in this TV Line piece was Doctor Light being female. The original character was Arthur Light, a physicist turned supervillain, and he was mentioned in season two of Arrow, which makes me wonder if they changed their minds recently or if they never intended Arthur Light to become Doctor Light. The only other Doctor Light who is also a woman is Kimiyo Hoshi. That’s another woman of colour to add to the show’s roster, which is fantastic!

Doctor Light/Kimiyo Hoshi. Justice League Unlimited.  2004 - 2006.

When I initially heard that Doctor Light was going to be on The Flash, my face looked exactly like Kimiyo’s face. Arthur Light’s Doctor Light was in Identity Crisis where he raped Elongated Man’s wife, Sue Dibney, and it was a traumatizing read to say the least (especially when you’re not given the heads up in advance). That storyline ruined Doctor Light for me, and so seeing him on The Flash would’ve taken me out of the entire experience. Hopefully that’s why the team went with Kimiyo, or maybe they just wanted to diversify, but either way—great decision. Now the next question is: Who is going to play Doctor Light?

Ardo Omer

Ardo Omer

Former WWAC editor. Current curmudgeon and Batman's personal assistant. Icon art by Diana Sim.