Back in February, we reported that John Wesley Shipp, who famously portrayed the Flash in the eponymous 1990s TV series, had joined the cast of the new Flash show which debuts on The CW in the fall. At the time, his role had been kept a secret and it has remained a mystery up until today.
According to a statement released by executive producer Greg Berlanti, Shipp will in fact be playing Barry Allen’s father, Henry:
“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. 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.”
This news isn’t altogether surprising, and is actually something that we predicted back when his casting was first announced. Still, it’s nice to have official confirmation and it will definitely be a treat for fans to see a former Flash play the father to the new one.
The Flash stars Grant Gustin as the titular scarlet speedster, and will air on The CW this fall on Tuesdays at 8pm.
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Source: TV Line