Following last night's episode of Arrow which featured the first appearance of Grant Gustin as Barry Allen aka The Flash, two character descriptions become known for the spinoff TV series.
Character descriptions for Iris West and Detective West have become available from Bludhaven Banter. It's noted that similar to Arrow, it looks as if The Flash TV series will be going in a different direction than the comic books as it appears as if WB is looking for African-American actors and actresses for the roles.
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.
DETECTIVE WEST - Late 40s to Early 50s - African American -Detective West is an honest, blue-collar cop who's seen it all. A soulful, funny caring father to Iris, and a surrogate father to Barry, West came up through the foster system himself. He took in Barry after his mother's murder and his father's imprisonment. He believes in Barry and supports Barry's efforts to prove his father's innocence.
In the comics, Iris actually becomes the wife of Barry Allen. We see listed above that she is said to be his best friend. However, in the New 52 DC Comics reboot, the two aren't a pair, but Iris does love Barry.
Grant Gustin and Barry Allen gave Arrow its highest rating thus far this season. Next week sees the mid-season finale featuring Grant Gustin as well. Unconfirmed reports also state that Gustin was originally supposed to appear in episode 20 in the full Flash costume, but it now appears as if he will first don the suit in his own series, which has an unannounced premiere date, but begins filming next March.
Arrow airs Wednesdays at 8pm ET on the CW.