Barry Allen, meet Iris West.
Deadline reports that 25-year-old actress Candice Patton (The Game) has been cast as Iris West, Barry Allen's potential love interest in The Flash television pilot for The CW.
Patton joins Grant Gustin, Jesse L. Martin, Rick Cosnett and Danielle Panabaker in the pilot, which is scheduled to begin fiming next month in Vancouver. This will be her second experience with superheroes, after playing Olivia in the first season of NBC's Heroes.
The leaked character description for Iris described her as follows:
IRIS – 22-28 – African-American – As smart as she is beautiful, Iris is in grad school studying psychology. She’s also Barry’s mile a minute, fast-talking, quick-witted best friend. Her father, Detective West, took in Barry when his mother was murdered, and his father was wrongly accused and imprisoned for her murder. In a tough childhood for Barry, she was the one “not tough” thing. She’s unaware of Barry’s strong feelings for her.
Created by Robert Kanigher and Carmine Infantino in 1956's Showcase #4, the first appearance of Barry Allen as The Flash, Iris started off as Barry's girlfriend until the two were married in The Flash #165. Years later, she was presumed killed by the Reverse-Flash, only to be revealed as alive and well in the 30th century. With the DC Universe's relaunch in 2011, Iris is no longer married to Barry but the two appear to have a romantic attraction.