The CW made a major announcement at Comic-Con, and LGBTQ fans will be pleased. Last weekend, the network that’s home to an impressive lineup of inclusive shows, including The Flash, announced that Season 5 of the Marvel show would introduce a new LGBTQ character.
The news came during The CW’s panel at San Diego Comic-Con, but we don’t have much information on the new character. As of yet, it’s unclear if The Flash addition will be a new character or one that fans already know will appear in the upcoming season.
Some fans have speculated that the mystery character would be Nora Allen, the daughter of Barry and Iris, who was announced as an upcoming season regular for the show’s fifth installment.
Candace Patton, who plays Iris, told Entertainment Weekly that she and her daughter’s complicated relationship would be explored further in Season 5.
“Iris is very, very excited and eager to get to know her daughter who’s back from the future,” Patton said. “And I think that, as we hinted in the finale last season, that’s kind of met with some coldness from Nora. Which we’ll get into later in the season, why there’s some distance in between the two of them. But it’s been really interesting to play this dynamic of Iris really wanting to enjoy this time with her daughter and figuring out why Nora’s kind of not into that.”
The CW has become a luminary for LGBTQ representation, taking leaps and bounds to make their superhero shows more inclusive. The network recently announced an upcoming Batwoman DC series from Greg Berlanti, in which the titular character would be an out lesbian–and the series will be penned by an out lesbian as well. Earlier this month, a source told TVLine that the show is seeking an out lesbian to play the role, too.
Season 5 of The Flash will debut Tuesday, Oct. 9 on The CW.