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

And Fansplosions Abound

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. 

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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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Jill Pantozzi
Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” ( She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."

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