Flash TV Show Cast Update: Tom Cavanagh

Tom CavanaghDeadline reports that Tom Cavanaugh (Ed) has been cast as Harrison Wells in the Flash TV show pilot. Wells is an original character*, described as…

a rock star in the world of physics and the mind and money behind Central City’s S.T.A.R. Labs Particle Accelerator. He becomes a pariah after the lab’s explosion, but he charts his path to redemption when he discovers that his failed experiment had the unintended consequence of creating the world’s fastest man.

Also making the rounds, Greg Berlanti talked to Digital Spy about the series, how it has a more sci-fi tone than Arrow, and how Barry and Ollie differ in terms of optimism…and hints a backup plan to keep Barry in the universe even if the series doesn’t get picked up.

There’s only one high-profile role left to cast before the pilot goes into production in March: Hartley Rathaway, known to comics readers as the Pied Piper.

*As far as I know, anyway. He could be from another DC series, though no one I’ve talked to recognizes the name.


6 thoughts on “Flash TV Show Cast Update: Tom Cavanagh

  1. Kyer

    Let me get this straight…
    To be truly diverse you *must* have a high profile canon character be changed another ethnic/racial group (unless it’s the title star, apparently because Barry is still a blond and blue-eyed bloke) but it’s perfectly okay to then add an original character who is white?

    Uh huh. See, this is the kind of thing that drives me crazy. -_-

    Although, this new character doesn’t seem terribly ‘original’ to me. I can swear I saw the like in The Flash not at that long ago. Oh, but where….

    1. Kelson Post author

      Apples and oranges. We know Iris is going to be a major character week in and week out. Wells could be dead at the end of the episode for all we know. (That would certainly be one reason to make him an original character instead of burning a canon name.)

      Even if Wells sticks around, Iris is going to be a more important character for Barry Allen’s story, making her a better choices to represent a group that’s historically been underrepresented in comic books and superhero fiction. (Consider that Jay Garrick was created in 1940, Barry Allen in 1956, and the series didn’t get a regular supporting character who wasn’t white until 1980.)


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