'The Flash': See Wally West as Kid Flash

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One season later than expected, Kid Flash is finally coming to The Flash.

Although Wally West (Keiynan Lonsdale) has been a big part of The CW's superhero series since he was introduced last season, he hasn't suited up to become his DC Comics alter ego Kid Flash — until now. The character's big moment will finally come during the season-three premiere, "Flashpoint," and THR has a first-look image of Wally in his Kid Flash costume.

In the comic books, there are several different versions of Kid Flash but Wally was the first one introduced in 1959. Other versions included Bart Allen and Iris West. While there are no details as to how or why Wally is finally suiting up as Kid Flash for the first time, there are two likely theories. One is that the dark matter that Wally was exposed to when Barry (Grant Gustin) tried to get his powers back by re-creating the particle accelerator explosion changed him into a speedster, and the effects were delayed until now. 

But the more likely explanation has to do with season three taking on the DC Comics story "Flashpoint." In the comics, the story of Flashpoint follows Barry as he wakes up in an alternate timeline where he has no powers, meaning the Flash does not exist in the new timeline, and his mother is alive. Barry later finds out in the story that he is actually at fault for changing history, since he went back in time to save his mother from the Reverse-Flash.

And that's exactly what Barry did in The Flash's season-two finale: After losing his father (John Wesley Shipp) to Zoom (Teddy Sears), Barry decided he'd lost too much because of his choice to be a hero, and so he went back in time to save his mother, Nora (Michelle Harrison). When Barry wakes up in an altered timeline, perhaps it's Kid Flash who is Central City's greatest hero instead of the Flash.

The Flash's season three premieres Tuesday, Oct. 4, at 8 p.m. on The CW.