December 8, 2014
Mark Hamill, known worldwide as Luke Skywalker but to Flash fans as the live-action Trickster from the 1990s Flash TV show, will be back to reprise the role in the 17th episode of the new Flash TV series, as reported by HitFix.
Hamill joins John Wesley Shipp, the original series’ Barry Allen, who plays Barry’s father on the new show, and Amanda Pays, who returns as Dr. Tina McGee. Like Pays, he’ll be playing a different version of the character this time around:
In this new iteration, The Trickster is an anarchist terrorist con man serving a life sentence in Iron Heights who helps Barry (Grant Gustin) and Det. West (Jesse L. Martin) to foil the city-wide attacks of a wannabe Trickster eagerly following in the original’s deadly footsteps. The episode will reunite him with John Wesley Shipp who went up against him as the original ‘Flash’ on the CBS version.
It sounds like they’re bringing in both James Jesse and Axel Walker, which I think is a great move. The New 52 Trickster lost something when they tried to make Axel the original rather than someone who stole the identity and gadgets. I like that they’re incorporating the con man aspect as well, since that’s one of my favorites versions of the character.
So what do you think of bringing back Mark Hamill as the Trickster? Great idea, or best idea?
November 14, 2014
Quick note for those who haven’t already heard: Luc Roderique will play Jason Rusch on The Flash TV show, and will make his appearance in the tenth episode of the season.
A graduate student at Hudson University, he was part of Martin Stein’s research team on the F.I.R.E.S.T.O.R.M. project. In the DC comics, Jason takes over the Firestorm matrix after Ronnie Raymond’s death.
October 27, 2014
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Flash TV show is adding Linda Park as a recurring role, played by Malese Jow (The Vampire Diaries).
The character is described as a quick-witted reporter for the Central City Picture News. She befriends Iris (Candice Patton) while at work and helps her navigate the fast-paced world of journalism. When she meets Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) at a local bar, the two hit it off. The character will first appear in episode 112.
As others have noted, the character made a brief appearance in the pilot episode on news coverage of the STAR labs particle accelerator, played by a different actress. She would hardly be the first character to be recast or retooled after a show goes from pilot to series.
October 9, 2014
There’s been a lot of new casting information about the Flash show over the last few days, and it’s hard to know where to start! Some of the details are arguably spoilery, so they’re behind a jump.
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September 18, 2014
IGN reports that actor Nick Tarabay has been cast as Captain Boomerang for season three of Arrow — and it’s not a huge stretch to guess that he’ll eventually cross over to the Flash series as well. Tarabay is best-known for playing Ashur on the television series Spartacus.
The TV series’ Captain Boomerang is described as a “former A.R.G.U.S operative, highly skilled in martial arts and espionage, with a deadly thirst for vengeance against his former employers.” It is reported that he’ll appear in episodes 7 and 8 of Arrow; as IGN notes, episode #8 is the crossover with the Flash series.
There have been unofficial rumblings of a potential Suicide Squad series for a while now, and when I saw Arrow‘s Stephen Amell at Fan Expo last month he said he wanted the team to guest-star in multiple episodes. One wonders if Digger will eventually be joining the Squad.
September 15, 2014
Some surprise casting news: the Flash TV Show has officially added the role of Dr. Tina McGee, a regular from the early days of Wally West’s solo Flash comic and co-star of the 1990 TV Flash series…and they’ve got Amanda Pays back to play the character! (via CBR.)
Rather than a scientist at S.T.A.R. Labs, this version of Dr. McGee works for a rival firm.
“When we decided to bring Tina onto our version of ‘The Flash,’ who better to get than the amazing actress who originated the part?” “Flash” executive producer Andrew Kreisberg is quoted by Variety. “Like with John Wesley Shipp, we are so proud and excited to have another actor from the original series join us on our new adventures for Barry Allen.”
No word yet on which episode she’ll appear in, or whether the role is intended to be recurring.