Yesterday, new photos from The Flash set in Vancouver revealed that Robbie Amell is coming back as Ronnie Raymond, who was one half of Firestorm in the first season. Since he was spotted wearing his Firestorm costume, and Franz Drameh's Jax Jackson has taken over as the new half of Firestorm with Dr. Martin Stein (Victor Garber), many have assumed that Robbie Amell will be playing the Earth-2 version of Firestorm in the back half of The Flash Season 2. Today, executive producer Andrew Kreisberg confirmed to Entertainment Weekly that the actor will in fact be playing the Earth-2 version of Firestorm, entitled Deathstorm.
"We are beyond excited to have Robbie back on The Flash. You can't keep a good Firestorm down. Only this time, he's back with a twist, a deadly Earth-Two version of our beloved Ronnie in the form of Deathstorm."
Robbie Amell's return was teased last month when the actor posted two cryptic photos, one with his co-star Victor Garber, who will be a series regular on the spinoff DC's Legends of Tomorrow along with Franz Drameh, and another featuring his Firestorm/Deathstorm suit. In the DC Comics, Ronnie was brought back to life as Deathstorm during the Blackest Night event, when he became a member of the Black Lantern Corps. Interestingly enough, in the comics' Earth-3, Martin Stein himself is actually Deathstorm, but it isn't known if we'll see that transformation on the show yet.
Last month, a new trailer for the remainder of Season 2 revealed a new glimpse of Earth-2's Caitlin Snow, a.k.a. Killer Frost (Danielle Panabaker). Ronnie and Caitlin were married on Earth-1, and this report reveals that they are also a couple on Earth-2 as well, both described as a "force to be reckoned with." It is believed that Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) and his team will be journeying to Earth-2 later this season, where they will surely meet up with Killer Frost and Deathstorm. Unfortunately, we don't have a specific date regarding when Deathstorm will make his debut quite yet.
The Flash returns with the midseason premiere episode Potential Energy, airing Tuesday, January 19 at 8 PM ET on The CW. This episode will be followed by two half-hour specials, one featuring the upcoming spinoff DC's Legends of Tomorrow, debuting Thursday, January 21, and another entitled DC Films Presents: Dawn of the Justice League, which will feature the world premiere of the new trailer for the upcoming feature film Suicide Squad. What do you think about Robbie Amell's return to The Flash as Deathstorm?