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90s Flash Actor (aka Dawson’s Dad) Returns To Superhero TV With The CW’s Flash Series Casting


We often hear about “legacy characters” when it comes to comic books but it looks like we can start using the term “legacy superhero actors.” John Wesley Shipp, Dawson’s Creek actor and star of the 1990 The Flash series on CBS, has joined the cast of The CW’s new Flash series. 

Just yesterday we heard about another major role in the pilot being cast, that of Royal Pains actor Tom Cavanagh playing Harrison Wells. Now this incredible news. Shipp tweeted a link to the story, adding a simply smiley face to go along with it.

The Hollywood Reporter writes, “Shipp will guest star in the pilot playing a mysterious character. Details for his character are being kept close to the vest. If the proposed Arrow spinoff receives a series order, his role would expand to recurring status.”

My first thoughts? He’ll either play someone from the future (maybe even future Barry), Barry’s dad, or original Flash from DC Comics – Jay Garrick. What do you think of the casting choice as well as who Shipp could be playing?

(via The Hollywood Reporter)

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  • J Ritchey

    Please be Jay. An active, powered but covert Jay. He could fill a similar role to Nightshade/ Dr Powell in the previous series (though it would be even better if we could have him too!)

  • Glitchy

    Jay seems to be the prevailing theory and that would be cool, though not sure how that would work… would he have powers or not?

    Personally, if not Jay, then maybe Max Mercury, zen master of speed. Loved him in the original Impulse run.

  • J Ritchey

    Oh! And hire Amanda Pays as Joan!

  • Gordon Borland

    Hopefully the new show will follow the 90′s show in that the Flash looked like the Flash.

  • http://pontoonification.blogspot.com/ AverageDrafter

    Must… be… Jay… Garrick. There’s a reason that no matter how many times they collapse the DC universe – Jay is always there. He’s a mentor, a father figure, an icon to those who are icons.

    He’s a touchstone to the Golden Age. A legend not because of his powers (which are limited compared to other supers, and in particular the other Flashes), but because of his wit, wisdom, and downright normalcy as a private person connects the superheroes to humanity better than anyone.

    And going this route helps obliterate the absolute wrongness of what is being done to him the the New 52.

  • TheChief

    Jay Garrick would be a cool choice depending on how they do it. I wouldn’t mind if they went back to the original route with Jay Garrick being a comic book character in Barry’s world. A little cheesy, I know. But my guess, Shipp will be someone else.

    As for bringing back legacy characters, it would be cool to have Mark Hamill in there too at some point. I know with Star Wars coming up, it could be a bit “tricky”.

  • Anonymous

    They’ve already said he’ll be wearing an actual costume and not just a jacket and jeans like everyone got pissed over on Smallville.

  • Gordon Borland

    Oh brilliant, the Flash has one of those designs that is already perfect, every time someone tries to change it just reinforces how good the normal one is.

  • Anonymous

    It’s the look that launched the Silver Age.

  • Gordon Borland

    hopefully the shows filled with jet powered apes and time travelling treadmills.

  • Elizabeth Wells

    I actually really liked the Smallville “costume” on Impulse (he was Bart Allen after all), it fit that universe’s tights-lessness, and I personally want that hoodie.

  • locuas

    could be Professor Zoom

  • http://bayareageekguide.com/ Mike Chen

    As someone who loved the original show as an awkward 90s teen nerd (in between hacking my MS-DOS memory configuration to play Wing Commander)…this is awesome.

  • Kryptoknight

    Please, please, please, be Jay Garrick. It would just be too perfect.

  • J Ritchey

    It’s possible, but I hope not if only because it would be an awkward mirror to the first season of Arrow. They already have a Thawne character announced who is assumed to be an early Zoom/Reverse-Flash (like Tommy Merlin was assumed to be Merlyn the Archer). Having the mysterious unnamed character turn out to be the real bad-guy (either as a relative or time-shifted alternate to the other) again echoes a little too close, no matter how interesting it could have been without the precedent.

  • J Ritchey

    It’s possible, but I hope not if only because it would be an awkward mirror to the first season of Arrow. They already have a Thawne character announced who is assumed to be an early Zoom/Reverse-Flash (like Tommy Merlin was assumed to be Merlyn the Archer). Having the mysterious unnamed character turn out to be the real bad-guy (either as a relative or time-shifted alternate to the other) again echoes a little too close, no matter how interesting it could have been without the precedent.

  • Bean

    Okay, I’m sold. I was already leaning positive, because Barry looked promising in Arrow, but I remember being absolutely enthralled by 90s Flash, and if JWS has signed up, they’ve hooked me for at least a season.

  • Forrest Rogers

    My geek senses are so tingling. I enjoyed his flash, and for the 90′s I thought it was a good superhero series. I can’t wait to see what they plan to do with him in the new series.

  • odango atama

    Holy Hell, I remember this show. LOVE my genre TV, today and yesterday.

  • Mark Brown

    I’m hoping for Max too, both for his deadpan humour and because Max leads (hopefully) to Impulse.

    And possibly to Dr. Morlo, who is also cool.

  • Foxfire

    squeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  • Skol Troll

    The 90′s Flash show was WAY ahead of its time. I believe it was cancelled due to being too costly, but it was really more idiot execs moving the show around like a moving target. It never had a chance as it zoomed (tee hee) from time slot to time slot. If geeks had ruled the world back then, this would have been THE show of the 90′s. And now that Shipp is back… my goodness, this couldn’t be better for me.

  • Anonymous

    It is likely to be Jay Garrick, the Earth 2 Flash… They both look alike, Garrick and John Wesley Shipp… Let’s hope Shipp is suited up like the original Flash…