As the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) continues to build its universe, they are getting ready for the big screen version of The Flash. Director Rick Famuyiwa will be helming the film with Seth Grahame-Smith writing the script. Ezra Miller will reprise his role of the titular character first seen in videos on Batman v Superman and briefly seen in Suicide Squad. We will get to see Barry Allen truly in action in next year’s Justice League film. Post-Justice League, The Flash will get his own film. Currently, it is rumored that fellow Justice Leaguer Cyborg will also be in the film as well as other Flash-centric characters like Iris West, Eobard Thawne, Captain Cold, Jay Garrick, and Golden Glider. The only confirmed casting besides Ezra Miller as The Flash has been actress Kiersey Clemons as Iris West, until now…
It has just been reported that actor Billy Crudup has been cast as Barry Allen’s father, Dr. Henry Allen. The role was played by John Wesley on the CW television series, who also played Barry Allen on the original The Flash TV series during the 1990s. There have been no details as to how the big screen version of Dr. Henry Allen will be. Whether he is different from the comics or the television series version. In both the comics and the television series, Dr. Henry Allen was wrongfully convicted of his wife’s murder, prompting his son to become involved with the police hoping to find the real killer helping him have a strong sense of justice.
This isn’t Crudup’s first time in a DC comics film. The actor previously played Dr. Manhattan in Zack Snyder’s adaptation of the ground-breaking Watchmen comic book. While the film wasn’t universally praised due to the difficulty of being able to match the comic, Crudup received praise for playing the almost God-like Dr. Manhattan who slowly lost his sense of humanity. It will be interesting to see how he differentiates from Wesley’s version of Henry Allen for next year’s film.