Flash First Look: John Wesley Shipp Passes the Torch to New Barry Allen

The Flash Spoilers

It’s father-son bonding, Flash style!

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The CW on Friday released new images from the series’ Oct. 7 premiere, which include a tender shot of Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) speaking with his incarcerated father, played by John Wesley Shipp, who originally donned the suit on CBS’ short-lived ’90s version of The Flash.

“Given his history with The Flash, [executive producers] Andrew [Kreisberg], Geoff [Johns] and I could only think of one person we wanted to play Barry’s father and that was John Wesley Shipp,” EP Greg Berlanti said of Shipp’s casting back in May. “He gives a fantastic and emotional performance in the pilot and we are looking forward to his presence in many more episodes.”

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Click through our gallery of new images from the pilot below, then drop a comment with your thoughts on The Flash. Will you be tuning in?

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12 Comments
  1. DavidJ says:

    It’d be cool if they found a way to bring back Amanda Pays from the 90s series as well.

  2. Luis says:

    I knew when Barry first talked about his father being in prison that John Wesley Shipp would end up in the role – it’s too easy and too right.

  3. Bill says:

    Awesome can’t wait

  4. Joey Padron says:

    Photos from the pilot episode looks good. Can’t wait to see how John will do on first episode.

  5. meow says:

    After all these years since Dawson’s Creek, John Wesley Shipp is still such a babe.

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  8. Man this all looks so awesome. I love that we’re finally diving into Flash lore in live-action… I hear they even reference Gorilla Grodd in the pilot!

  9. THUNDERBOLT says:

    Until i’ve seen this new version,John Wesley Shipp will ALWAYS be identified as “THE FLASH”,
    since CBS showed serious errors,when it unwisely canceled the series in 1991. since then,the
    executive producers Paul DiMeo and Danny Bilson,of Pet Fly Productions,went on to do UPN’s
    “THE SENTINEL” TV series for Paramount in the mid 1990s,.but their version of “THE FLASH”
    was still outstanding,as was the costume,that Robert Short had designed. i don’t know how this Greg Berlanti will do,in putting two actors,who have played the same charecter,but Mr Shipp was
    still 1st Class,as was the original cast,like Amanda Pays,Alex Desert,Mike Genovese,and Biff
    Maynard,but that TV show,was still a fair and good try,especially since “STAR WARS” veteran
    Mark Hamill played “The Trickster”,and the very lovely Joyce Hyser,who played “P.I. Megan Lockhart”-these are people,who just can’t be replaced-but they were all very great supporting cast players 23 years ago-so whatever Mr Berlanti and his crew have in mind,i sure hope they
    know what they’re doing,because the 1990-91 TV series was still a great series,with an even greater cast-and the original costume was still WAY better then this new one! good luck.

  10. Tran says:

    The ’90s version of The Flash was a disaster but in my opinion, the CW’s version of The Flash is going to be 100x better.

    • EM says:

      Not! The 90’s version was not only ahead of its time in special visual effects with the coolest musical score by Danny Elfman but also included the Super Sizzling John Wesley Shipp, by far the Hottest Hunk ever to don red tights! Mr. Shipp was and always will be the one and only “FLASH”!!!

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