March 7, 2014
THR is reporting that Patrick Sabongui has been cast as Barry Allen’s boss at the Central City crime lab, Police Captain (not Director?) David Singh. Viewers will no doubt remember that Singh was name-dropped during Barry Allen’s guest spot on Arrow. The role is described as a guest spot that will become a recurring role if the series is picked up.
In the comics, Singh is involved with Hartley Rathaway, a.k.a. the Pied Piper, a former Rogue who has since reformed — though the relationship is kept quiet, because while Hartley is openly gay, David is still in the closet. Hartley Rathaway’s name has been floated as a recurring role, but no casting announcement has been made so far.
The pilot episode has been filming this week, so I assume the casting had already been set and has only just been announced.
March 6, 2014
The Flash TV pilot starring Grant Gustin is filming this week. Cast and crew have been posting bits of props and sets, and behind-the-scenes shots, while bystanders have been posting photos of cast in their off-camera moments.
Also: Detective West (Iris’ father in this continuity) now has a first name, Joe.
Here’s a round-up of photos and comments I’ve found on social media. Read the rest of this entry »
February 27, 2014
IMDB is now listing actor Al Sapienza as playing Central City detective Fred Chyre. Presumably he’ll be a police force colleague of Barry Allen, and it’ll be interesting to see a character from the Wally West era melded into Barry’s supporting cast. It seems likely that Barry’s day job will be a major part of the series, based on the number of police-related characters in the cast (Detective West, Eddie Thawne, and now Chyre).
Sapienza is in his early 50s and is a good physical match to play Chyre. He has a long filmography (including a role in The Sopranos) and is clearly an experienced actor. He should be a good addition to the show’s cast, which is filling out nicely. The pilot begins filming next week.
February 25, 2014
Deadline reports that Michelle Harrison has been cast as Nora Allen, Barry Allen’s mother. We learned in Barry’s Arrow appearances that the show picks up on the post-Rebirth* and New 52 history, in which she was killed during his childhood, and his father was falsely accused and imprisoned for the murder. (In fact, the show hinted that, as in the comics, the Reverse Flash is her real killer.) So we’ll be seeing her in flashbacks.
The pilot for The Flash starts shooting early next month.
*In the original Silver Age and Bronze Age comics, Nora and Henry Allen were still alive throughout Barry Allen’s superhero career. Flash: Rebirth involved the Reverse-Flash changing history.
February 24, 2014
The Flash #28 arrives in stores this Wednesday, and DC Comics has a preview of the issue up on their site.
The Flash and Deadman team up to stop the Keystone Killer! How far back do the killings go, and is his target the key? What or who are the “Fletchers”? Find out in THE FLASH #28, written by Brian Buccellato and illustrated by Patrick Zircher, available in stores this Wednesday.
I think it’s clear who the original Fletcher was, but the question seems to be who the killer thinks are Fletchers.
February 21, 2014
Canadian actor Chad Rook has been added to the cast of The Flash TV pilot. IMDB lists him as playing “Clyde”. This is interesting, because that’s the name of Weather Wizard’s dead brother, the one who actually invented the weather wand. Even more interesting, Rook stated at his Twitter and Facebook accounts on February 15th that “a storm is brewing ;)”, which does seem to imply a connection with Weather Wizard.
However, as of yet we still don’t know if he will actually play Clyde Mardon, and what his role would be if he does. In the comics Clyde had a very small role because he was introduced as a dead man, but there’s no reason the television series has to do it that way — and in the Superman Animated Series, Clyde remained alive (albeit renamed as ‘Ben’). I do think it’s interesting that Clyde has apparently been cast before Mark Mardon, and am tempted to speculate that Clyde will either have a recurring role or that perhaps Weather Wizard might be renamed as Clyde. Chad Rook did say on his Facebook page on February 11th that he’d just gotten the biggest booking of his career, but it’s entirely possible he was referring to another project. If you look at his personal site and IMDB page, he has several projects on the go. So it’s difficult to say as of yet, and this is just speculation.
This is one of the first hints at a Rogue in the TV series. How do you want the show to handle the Rogues and their supporting cast?