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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

THE FLASH Casts Violett Beane as Jesse Quick


Something tells me Jesse Quick cosplay is going to be big by the end of the year.

TVLine has word that the CW series The Flash has cast newcomer Violett Beane in the role of Jesse Chambers, better known to DC Comics fans as the superspeedster Jesse Quick.

According to the article, Jesse will appear in multiple episodes of the show's second season and is described as "a brilliant but quirky college student who gets caught up in the battle between The Flash and Season 2 Big Bad (the not-yet-cast) Zoom."

Beane's two credits listed on IMDb show her appearing in the films Flay (currently in post-production) and Slash (currently filming).

Created in 1992 by Len Strazewski and Mike Parobeck, Jesse Quick first appeared in Justice Society of America (vol.2) #1 as Jesse Chambers, the daughter of superheroes Johnny Quick and Liberty Belle and a student at Gotham University.  After the superhero team her parents had been colleagues with, the Justice Society of America, reemerged following a long absence, her thesis topic became "The Impact of Superheroes on Society" and she began to follow the returned heroes, taking notes on their adventures. When her father asked her to deliver some documents to the Society, the encounter would result in her aiding the team as Jesse Quick, finally living up to her father's dream of her being a costumed crimefighter.

Just like her father, Jesse has powers of flight and accelerated speed, resulting from the state of mind achieved from the visualization of the speed-formula: 3X2(9YZ)4A and a link to the Speed Force.  She also has her mother's super-strength, enabling her to lift great weights, such as a car, with ease. As with her mother, the mechanism of her super-strength remains unexplained, which irritated her father.  She attributes her powers to a "mantra" like the formula used by her father to unlock his speed.

She soon met Wally West, the third Flash, who would later ask her to be his replacement if something were to happen to him.  It was all an elaborate plan on his part, trying to force Bart Allen, Impulse, to take his role in the legacy of the Flash more seriously, and be Wally's successor.  Although she felt betrayed, she would end up saving Wally's life, although her leg was hurt in the process.  When Wally returned from the Speed Force, he healed her leg, and the earlier deception was largely forgiven, but not forgotten.  Jesse lost her enhanced speed shortly after, and the person she blamed was Wally, who had been directly using the Speed Force energies instead of simply tapping them like the other speedsters did.  In fact, it turned out to be the villain Savitar who was the cause, having severed her connection to the Speed Force, as well as multiple other speedsters.  Nonetheless, Wally chose the depowered Jesse to accompany him to Savitar's lair, where she succeeded in regaining her powers.  During the following battle with Savitar, her father gave his life in order to protect his daughter from one of Savitar's forces and merged with the Speed Force.  Although Wally would ultimately triumph over the villain, Jesse was left to mourn her father.

Jesse accepted the reins of managing her father's corporation, Quickstart Enterprises, while also operating as Jesse Quick, even joining the members of the New Titans to stop a nuclear threat.  When the Titans were later going through a reorganization, Wally, a founding member, selected Jesse to join the roster, hoping to soothe their old wounds. After initially declining the offer, she ultimately joined the Titans, but was only on the team for a short time.  She later became a member of the Justice Society, carrying on her mother's legacy as the new Liberty Belle and married fellow second-generation hero Rick Tyler, also known as Hourman.

The Flash returns to The CW for Season 2 on October 6, 2015.

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