‘Arrow’ Season 2: Potential Flash Actors Revealed

Published 2 years ago by , Updated May 20th, 2014 at 9:00 am,

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Arrow producers have made no secret of the fact that they fully intend to grow the presence of the DC Universe within the realm of their show, adding comic book based heroes and villains like Amanda Waller, The Black Canary, Bronze Tiger and Sebastian Blood to the season 2 roster, but no addition has gotten more attention than that of Barry Allen, aka The Flash.

Announced as a recurring character that would appear in three episodes during the upcoming season of Arrow, with the CW and Warner Bros seemingly eager to use that introduction as a possible jumping off point for a standalone Flash series, producers haven’t been entirely button-lipped about what we could expect from the character. The one thing we were not privy too, though, was who would play Barry/The Flash, but a new rumor may shed some light on that.

According to Latino Review, team Arrow has whittled down their list of possible Flash actors to three, and while one of those candidates is still a mystery, the other two are James Mackay (a raven-haired Australian actor who has an upcoming role in Singularity opposite Josh Hartnett) and Matt Barr (who had a supporting role in the History Channel’s Hatfields & McCoys).

You may have noticed that you have never heard of these actors, but to some, this is actually preferable to a familiar face who might distract fans from accepting someone in these iconic characters. This was the same argument we heard when it came time to choose a new Doctor on Doctor Who and when the Walking Dead was cast: that certain roles are strong enough to stand on their own, without a famous actor.

Stephen Amell as Green Arrow in Justice League Arrow Season 2: Potential Flash Actors Revealed

Beyond the public’s need to suspend their disbelief and the capacity for some of these roles and projects to be self-starting concepts, there is also the economic part of the equation to consider. Shows like Arrow and a possible Flash spin-off are ambitious and risky, with a less-than-certain promise of a return on investments.That’s nothing against Mackay and Barr, they may be fantastic actors who are perfect for these parts, but they won’t add much sizzle or buzz if they are cast – and nowadays, that is a big part of the equation.




Comic book inspired TV shows are not a new concept, but we’re still in the delicate pupa stage in a world where people have sky-high expectations for the spectacle and the skill with which a comic book-inspired story can be told. Movie studios rarely go with unproven talent when casting tentpole superhero films; that’s not to say that a big name makes a project better, but it has become a necessary part of the equation.

Perhaps that’s why it feels like casting a no-name to play the Flash feels like producers are hogtying this project and possibly slowing down the momentum for something which could, like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Arrow, serve as a key building-block in this new era of comic book and TV cohabitation.


Arrow season 2 premieres October 9th, 2013 @8pm on The CW

Source: Latino Review

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  1. Like everyone else, I’m skeptical about a Flash TV series. Especially when you think it might be translated to the big screen.

    Let’s be honest. Arrow is full of network TV show garbage that brings the quality of the show down a hundred points. If it weren’t on the CW but say Showtime or HBO we would have a fantastic piece of entertainment. That said, could anyone play Arrow as well as Amell has? In my eyes he plays the three-characters-in-one absolutely perfectly. Initially I thought this guy was a horrible actor but man everything he does fits the part perfectly. The torn masked persona of Oliver in front of his family, the spaced out over confident rich kid before he gets hardened up on the island…that part especially looks like bad acting but it’s fantastic for the character, and of course under the hood.

    Maybe they will strike gold again with a Flash actor that could carry a Justice League movie on the big screen. For sure Amell could show up as Arrow at some point in the Justice League film franchise (much the way Hawkeye did in The Avengers) and be worthy of a part in the movie. He plays Green Arrow better than Renner played Hawkeye…