There was a lot of mystery surrounding Franz Drameh character when he was added to the cast of DC Comics upcoming Legends of Tomorrow spin-off. The following character description was released with the casting announcement:
A former high school football star who lost out on a chance to go pro after an injury. Now an auto mechanic, Jay finds a surprising affiliation to the S.T.A.R. Labs crew.
The character sounded like an amalgamation of two popular characters Wally West and Victor Stone. Wally in the comics was next in line to brandish The Flash moniker after Barry – that rumor died when Keiynan Lonsdale landed the role of Wally.
Many then suspected that Jay Jackson was code for Victor who becomes Cyborg after an accident at S.T.A.R. Labs nearly killed him, but Legends showrunner Phil Klemmer put the kibosh on that when told us that Jay Jackson wasn’t code for Vic Stone or any other DC characters.
As it turns out, Drameh’s Jay Jackson will be the other half of Martin Stein’s (Victor Garber) Firestorm. The latest behind the scene footage shows Drameh wearing the quantum splicer created by Dr. Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh) and Cisco Ramon (Carlos Valdes).
In DC Comics’ The New 52, Firestorm is composed of high school students Jason Rusch and Ronnie Raymond. The two are fused together after an accident with Martin Stein’s “God Particle.” Jay Jackson may not be code, but he’s ultimately filling in as Jason’s half of the Firestorm character. Firestorm was peppered throughout season one of The Flash, and was the result of the particle accelerator explosion fusing Ronnie Raymond (Robbie Amell) and Martin Stein (Victor Garber) together.
We asked Klemmer about Jay’s whereabouts the night of the particle accelerator explosion. His response wasn’t a direct answer but alluded to the idea that Jay was close enough to be affected, but may not have been in Central City at the time. Possibly making him the first metahuman found outside of Central City, assuming you don’t count Megalyn Echikunwoke’s Mari McCabe A.K.A. Vixen.
So what happens to Ronnie?
Unfortunately we don’t actually know. He finally got to marry Caitlin Snow (Danielle Panabaker) in the season’s finale with his Martin officiating the wedding; however, the honeymoon was cut short when the singularity threatened to pull Central City into the void.
The latest trailer shows Firestorm flying directly into singularity; although, Ronnie’s fate still has yet to be determined. One thing is for sure, Ronnie will have to be removed from the equation in order to make room for Jay.
The Flash season two premieres Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 8 p.m. on The CW.
[Update] the video has been pulled down, but we managed to get a couple screenshots.