90′s ‘Flash’ Actor to Guest Star on New Series

- 02-11-14Comics, TV Posted by Luke Gallagher

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The success and acclaim of CW’s Arrow has sired a spin-off featuring DC’s famous fast man The Flash. Its premiere won’t air for a while, but we can only assume/hope it will have the same delightful mix of super hero action, angst and DC universe references as Arrow. While we patiently await its arrival (ironic how we’re waiting on one of the fastest super heroes ever to grace our presence), some children of the 90′s have reason to rejoice. An actor from the original Flash series will be appearing on the show. Who is it? Read on through for the reveal!

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The CW has announced that John Wesley Shipp, who played Barry Allen/The Flash in the 1990s TV series, has joined the cast of he CW and Warner Bros. Television’s pilot THE FLASH.

Shipp will guest star in the pilot in a mystery role, with the part intended to be a recurring guest star in series. No further details about the role/character are being released at this time.

First of all, am I the only one that remembers John Wesley Shipp as the poor man’s Bruce Campbell (always thought there was an uncanny resemblance)? Second, and most importantly, this is great news! The 90′s Flash series was a stellar super hero show for its day. The costume was boss, the effects were… OK that effects sucked. I just remember things better than they actually were. But, you know what, the episodic stories were good for what they were (at least in my 90′s kid eyes) and Shipp made a good Barry Allen. Oh, and let’s not forget Mark Hamill’s infamous reoccurring and ridiculous role as The Trickster.

It’s nice to see the CW paying homage to its predecessor by given its main star a spot on the new series. I, for one, miss John Wesley Shipp. It”ll be good to see him on television again.

How do the rest of you 90′s kids feel about this? Good that they’re acknowledging the original series, or should they have stayed the hell away from it and just let it be it’s own show?

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  • Tom Flynn

    So help me, if he comes in front of the camera and someone calls out to him “Mr. Garrick? Are you Jay Garrick?” I will fall to my knees and cry.

  • Anthony Winkler

    He’s either gonna be Jay Garrick or Darryl Frye, the family friend who raised him after his mother was murdered and his father was sent to prison for it. That would make a reoccurring part that wouldn’t need to be in every show.

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