THE FLASH Reveals John Wesley Shipp’s Role on the New CW Series

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Like father, like son.  We’ve known for some time that John Wesley Shipp, who played the title character in the early 90s version of The Flash, would be starring in at least the pilot of the new CW series.  Today, it was revealed that Wesley Shipp would indeed by playing Dr. Henry Allen, father to the title speedster Barry Allen (Grant Gustin).  Now, Arrow has already established the predicament that the elder Allen lands himself in after a mysterious assailant breaks into their home, so it will be interesting to see how the pilot handles this particular origin story. 

In addition to Gustin and Shipp, the new series will also feature Tom Cavanagh as physics “rock star” Harrison Wells; Jesse L. Martin as Detective West; Candice Patton as West’s daughter and Barry’s love interest, Iris; Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow, a bioengineering expert; and Rick Cosnett as Detective Eddie Thawne.  Hit the jump for more.

john-wesley-shipp-the-flashHere’s what The Flash series executive producer Greg Berlanti had to say about Wesley Shipp’s role:

“Given his history with The Flash, Andrew, Geoff and I could only think of one person we wanted to play Barry’s father and that was John Wesley Shipp. He gives a fantastic and emotional performance in the pilot and we are looking forward to his presence in many more episodes. Also, personally, it was just wonderful to work with him again since my days at Dawson’s Creek. He’s a great actor and a great guy.”

Steve had a chance to watch the pilot recently.  Here’s his reaction (via Twitter):

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  • LEM

    90′s foam muscles!

    • Um, Ok

      Those are his real muscles (you really need to watch the original show) and that suit is designed by Stan Winston. You know, Terminator & Predator.

      That suit still looks better than the new suit, the entire Marvel line up and almost as cool as the new Bat suit.

      • LEM

        I concede to your knowledge of his muscles. It was more a comment about the 90′s than a derogatory remark about his bulging muscles that you seem to enjoy.

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  • ʝoe ßloggs

    John Wesley Shipp is da boss!

    That old suit still looks better than the new one.

    • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

      ^Agree about the suit.

    • Gooniesmurf

      I concur. He totally is. New guy looks kinda scrawny.
      Not really looking forward to this version, still hung up on the original series I watched growing up..Might watch it again, have it tucked away somewhere.

      Nightshade vs Deadly Nightshade.

    • Grendal Sven

      I liked that old, show, suit was boss, the writing was good, the acting was good. Not really feeling the new Flash from the trailers, but I will withhold judgment until I spec out the pilot.

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  • brett

    Not watching this show, even with John Wesley Shipp as Papa Flash. Won’t watch anything produced by Greg Berlanti, still haven’t forgiven him for destroying Green Lantern and judging by the promos, this Flash looks lame. The costume is embarrassing and bad, almost as bad as Green Lantern’s but then, hey, its Greg Berlanti so no surprise there.
    The 90′s Flash costume ROCKED! BAD A$$$$$$!!! Still amazing after all these years!

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