Mark Hamill Returns as the Trickster!

Mark Hamill as the 1990s TricskterMark 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?


19 thoughts on “Mark Hamill Returns as the Trickster!

  1. JAMES

    LMAO! I knew it was only a matter of time before Trickster made an appearance. I hope his costume is updated. The costume from the 1990 TV show looked better in the comic books. On a side note, I think it is fantastic the writers and producers are including the actors from the 1990 show in this series.

    1. Flash Fan

      That costume was not his costume in the comics the show changed it by that stage in the comics Trickster wore blue and orange vertical stripes

      1. Kelson Post author

        It’s much closer to the comic book costume than the one he wore in “Return of the Trickster,” though. This one is instantly recognizable as the same concept, even if the details are different.

  2. scott timms

    He was one of the best parts of the old show!!!!!! This is freaking amazing!!!!! Flash TV show is here to stay!!! Holy crap!!!! LUKKKKEEEEEEE

  3. David

    Great Idea, no. Best Idea, no………..ONLY THE MOST AWESOME, SPECTACULAR, INCREDIBLE IDEA EVER!!!!!!!!.

    I swear, I giggled like Joe after he heard Barry talk by vibrating his vocal cards. I had this idea sense both John and Amanda both got parts on the show. (I’m sure I’m not the only one either).

    Anyway, this show just keeps getting better. Hope this lasts for ten seasons, cause I can’t get enough of it. 😀

  4. MisterNefarious

    This is great
    1) it acknowledges the old show
    2) it acknowledges both generations of the trickster in a meaningful way
    3) it gives a new type of storytelling the show hasn’t had yet: the hannibal lecter style.

    This is fantastic news. Between reverse flash tonight and this, I’m thinking its a pretty sweet time to be a flash fan

  5. married guy

    How awesome is that???!!!
    I thought Hamill was great in the TV show, and I really look forward to seeing him play the part again.
    As an Aussie still waiting for this show to air, I get more & more pumped with news of each passing episode. I can’t wait to have the season 1 blu ray on my shelf. (right beside the original series!)

  6. CraigMD

    Great news. I should also point out that Mark Hamill also did the voice of the Trickster in the “Flash and Substance” episode of Justice League Unlimited.

  7. Flash Fan

    Okay I understand that Mark Hamill is a big shot in the acting world what with him playing Luke Skywalker on Star Wars and him being The voice of The Joker but I really wish that people would remember that James Jesse is a young , blonde , Italian Acrobat who dislikes spots , has no fashion sense and is a genius who is actually perfectly sane (ish) and Mark Hamill is none of the above I know that putting him in is a play to get more views but seriously they need to start actually remembering who these characters are and the problem with how most non comic book readers think that some characters like ‘ The Trickster and Captain Cold are ridiculous wannabe knockoffs of better villains like Joker and Mr Freeze ‘ (that is a direct quote of what one of my siblings said to me once) so putting an actor who is well known for playing The Joker in a role like The Trickster could actually have negative consequences never mind the fact that they can’t stick to the characterisations any way . Sorry about the rant I just had to get that off my chest I am a bit sick of writers changing The Rogues so they seem more threatening , I get they have to modernise but why couldn’t Rainbow Raider just go my Raider or The Top tone down the innuendos and stop messing with characters because ‘they would be so much more interesting if this happened to them’ I find that when they change things for the sake of changing things they end up losing respect for the character they are ‘tweaking’ and then Captain Cold and Trickster do become knockoffs because the dang writer has tweaked them so much they have actually become an extension of the character they are supposed knockoffs of

    1. Kelson Post author

      While the previous TV show did make the Trickster more like the Joker, the concept they describe here for the new show sounds a lot closer to the comics.


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