5 Actors Who Could Play The Flash in ‘Justice League’

Published 2 years ago by , Updated October 15th, 2013 at 9:36 am, This is a list post.

Flash Movie Actors Justice LeagueThe Flash; the Scarlet Speedster; the Fastest Man Alive. DC has once again given the title to Barry Allen for the time being, but every gathering of DC's greatest heroes has required a man or woman blessed with superspeed.With the upcoming Justice League movie, it's practically a guarantee that The Flash will be making his big-screen debut. As always, the question of casting now arises.We've put realistic options above outlandish 'dream-casting' in determining our list, based on the apparent tone and direction that Warner Bros. is taking with their superhero films.Here are our picks for 5 Actors Who Could Play The Flash in Justice League.

Liam McIntyre

Liam McIntyre as The FlashAustralian-born Liam McIntyre may not be a name or face everyone will recognize, but fans of Starz's Spartacus: Vengeance know that the titular star (and self-professed 'nerd') definitely deserves more credit than he's receiving.From a visual standpoint, McIntyre fits the demands: blonde hair, blue eyes, and at 6'2" is imposing enough to not just sell a crippling punch, but convey the strength and authority of a slave-turned-freedom fighter.Despite the dark and gruesome tone of Spartacus, McIntyre has shown himself to be the kind of extroverted glad-hander with the fan community that both Barry Allen and Warner Bros. will need to get fans on board, and excited.While his resume isn't as long or glowing as other of our contenders, if Warner Bros. decides to go with a lesser-known actor, don't be surprised if McIntyre's name comes up.

Joel Edgerton

Joel Edgerton The FlashA few years ago Joel Edgerton wasn't well-known outside of Australia, but these days it's hard to find a superhero movie that doesn't have the actor rumored to be in consideration. To this point, however, he has yet to sign on the dotted line.It's Edgerton's ability to build intriguing characters out of lacking scripts (see: The Thing) that holds the most promise - a skill capitalized on for Zero Dark Thirty (2012), using the actor's brief role for most of their advertising.With a standout lead performance in Warrior (2011) and upcoming roles alongside Natalie Portman and Michael Fassbender in Jane Got a Gun (2013), and Leo DiCaprio in The Great Gatsby (2013), Edgerton's star is definitely on the rise.If the filmmakers are looking to get the attention of discriminating moviegoers, not just mass audiences, Edgerton would fit the bill. Provided he doesn't sign with Marvel first.

Chris Pine

Chris Pine as The Flash

Chris Pine may have a lot on his plate at the moment - as Captain Kirk in J.J. Abrams' rebooted Star Trek, and now Jack Ryan - but Ryan Reynolds proved even the most sought-after stars can find time to suit up for superhero action.Pine was in the running to play Hal Jordan before Reynolds snagged the role, but the qualities that made him an ideal Jordan also apply to Barry Allen - explaining the pair's lasting friendship. WB shouldn't miss out twice.Since Reynolds snagged the emerald ring first, it seems fitting that Pine should be cast as The Flash - the hero many thought Reynolds was born to play - although as the reliable do-gooder Allen, instead of wisecracking Wally West.Pine's got the smarts to sell the athletic hero and hardworking scientist, while possessing enough humor (and star power) to get fans begging for a stand-alone movie.

Armie Hammer

Armie Hammer as The Flash

His name has been brought up in Justice League discussion as the next Batman, but we can't help but see Armie Hammer as a different League member. With a standout performance in The Social Network (2010) as spoiled socialites, we want to see what he could do with an actual good guy.Hammer's blockbuster-cred will be dispelled or proven with this summer's The Lone Ranger (2013), portraying the titular blonde-haired, blue-eyed lawman begrudgingly embarking on a quest for justice as a masked vigilante.The shades of Barry in Ranger Reid should already be clear (if you have doubts, watch the trailer), so a strong performance alongside Johnny Depp's Tonto will prove he's a leading man who can share a spotlight with big personalities.Should DC and Warner Bros. choose to cast young, there's no better choice than Hammer.

Patrick Wilson

Patrick Wilson as The Flash

The similarities between the 'gee-whiz' personality and reluctant heroism of Night Owl (a.k.a. Dan Dreiberg) in Zack Snyder's Watchmen and the wholesome nature of Barry Allen are clear to any comic fan. So in some ways, audiences have already seen Wilson tackle the subtler aspects of Allen's character - as one of a troubled film's bright spots.He may not have the blonde locks, but Wilson has the right mix of likeability, good looks, and quiet humility that a big screen incarnation of Allen needs. Since he's made a habit in his career of stealing scenes from established actors, Wilson has proven he can carry his own alongside the likes of Ryan Reynolds and Henry Cavill.It's too early to tell if DC and Warner Bros. will wish to take The Flash's JL role and possible solo movie as seriously as Batman and Superman, but we'd bet Wilson could handle it, either way.


Flash Movie Actors Justice LeagueThat concludes our list of actors that we feel could play the wholesome, shy, but ultimately devoted and fiercely loyal Barry Allen on screen. As past superhero films have proven, any actor can by made to look the part with an intense fitness plan and some CG assistance. But sporting a bow tie - that takes serious skill.What are your hopes for a live-action take on The Flash? Do you agree with our picks, or have you been hoping to see another actor in the part?Leave your thoughts in the comments.-Follow Andrew on Twitter @andrew_dyce.
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  1. Chris Pine would be my personal pick. I just can’t see Joel Edgerton or Patrick Wilson being the Flash. I like them both (a lot) but as a superhero in red tights? Eh, not so much.

    • Chris Pine has an audacious and charming personality, and if it does fit Flash than I’m all in for it.

    • I think Im with you, Flash has to be a skinny but not to skinny man. Out of this 5, Chris Pine´d be my choice too.

      • chris pine or joel. watch warrior pl0x

    • Would Pine want to go for a third role in a big-budget action blockbuster franchise? The man only has so much time.

      • The Jack Ryan reboot remains to be seen (although your point is taken). That being said, if Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale managed it, I guess it’s manageable.

        • True, but Bale and Jackman kept it at one franchise each (or maybe 2, if you include Terminator for Bale). However, Pine is already a star of Star Trek (no pun) and presumably Jack Ryan will spawn a new franchise. Can he handle a third franchise?

          • It’s a tough call. It seems like Abrams will be putting off Star Trek 3 for a while now…. and the delay was already pretty substantial between the first and second.

            If it’s too much for Pine, and Urban gets spoken for with a Dredd sequel, I won’t be too disappointed. Pine deserves more hits, but if he skips superhero films, they’ll be the lesser for it.

            …still wish he’d been Hal.

      • So, MacIntyre, then?

        • Nah. I think he’s effectively going for Pine.

  2. Intriguing choices. I’d say Joel Edgerton just because he’s the most talented from the bunch, but I can’t say who matches Flash’ personality because I never read the comics! But I’m certain Aussie Edgerton can pull off just about any characteristics in a role.

  3. Good picks. No love for Garret Hedlund though? He looks the part, is a great actor, and already has some blockbuster cred under his belt (Tron: Legacy). Plus he’s 28, so he’s a realistic choice to sign a multi-picture, ten-year deal.

    • Much love for Hedlund from me personally, but I see him as more of a Wally West than Barry. I’m just glad we’ll see him again in another Tron movie to hopefully call on a bit more of that Friday Night Lights drama.

  4. Jim “Sheldon Cooper” Parsons!!
    That’s would be hilarious!!

  5. #Bazinga!

  6. Bazinga!

  7. no Jensen Ackles??? seriously?? his the perfect flash!! other choice is maybe bradley cooper

    • I’d prefer them as Wally West, but I think Pine is the best one on the list.

      • Why do you think he’s the perfect Flash? I’ve never gotten a Barry vibe off him at all.

    • No, just no. He does have a funny side but has a WAY too serious and intense demeanor to be wasted on someone like Flash.

      Ackles has what it takes to play both batman and Bruce Wayne.

  8. Good picks. I’m thinking Pine but I’d also add SOA’s Charlie Hunnam to the list. The (hopeful) success of Pacific Rim might boost his star power.

  9. Chris pine for me :)

  10. Jeffrey Donovan is my choice.

    • I never thought about it, but you know… He could pull it off.

  11. My Dream Justice League cast:

    Superman: Ryan Reynolds

    Batman: Ryan Reynolds

    Green Lantern: Ryan Reynolds

    Flash: Ryan Reynolds

    Green Arrow: Ryan Reynolds

    Martian Manhunter: Ryan Reynolds

    Wonder Woman: ….. Ryan Reynolds

    Hawk Girl: Ryan Reynolds

    Epic beyond Epic Movie

    Am I right?

    • Ryan Reynolds must also play the supervillain as well as any and all love interests.

  12. THANK YOU!!! Finally someone says patrick wilson, ive been saying him for years. Best choice by far. 1 he will be far cheaper than pine and he is a more versatle actor imo. Change his hair to a little more blonde. Andrew great work.

    • @Trey: Thanks! He may not have the star power of other names fans are bringing up (Ryan Gosling? Seriously? Why not Brad Pitt?) but can play a likable dork like few others. I personally also loved him in The A-Team (succeeding at what Jason Patric tried in The Losers).

      If anyone has doubts, watch Hard Candy and get back to me.

    • I’m not sure why, but when I saw the suggestion of Patrick Wilson, I said YES, that’s the flash!

      On a side note, Olivia Wilde for Wonder Woman? Very much agree. Would she have to bulk up a bit though? That doesn’t seem right.

  13. I like Patrick Wilson.

    I know everyone is gonna think of this as a joke but i extremely see Sean William Scott as the Flash. He might have done all those comedies. But the flash is suppose to be camera friendly and then when he has to fight someone he get serious. I can see that working.

    Maybe also Glen Howerton from its always sunny in Philadelphia.

    • Scott would be better as Wally West, he’s a lot less serious than Allen

    • I like these ideas! Outside of the box!

  14. I always thought NPH would be great.

    • Good choice but to short

      • He’s 6’1″ – same height as Henry Cavill.

        • Oh man didnt know that.

  15. No love for Michael Rosenbaum? He looks the part perfectly, and he has voiced the character for years in the DCAU.

    • Much love for Rosenbaum! But that carries so much baggage, and from the looks of it, he might get signed by Marvel first. I’d like to see more of him for sure, but I don’t think Barry Allen is the way to go.

  16. Really no Bradley Cooper?

    • Nope.

  17. If these are supposed to be realistic choices then why are some of these actors nearing 40? If Justice League happens in 2015, which I highly doubt, I’m pretty sure that they’ll want a seemingly younger cast. I’m thinking mid-to-late 20′s, early 30′s max.

    Even Reynolds, at 36, still has a youthfulness to him and he doesn’t look his age. Still, I don’t see them going after an Edgerton or a Wilson. Pine is probably a bit too loaded on roles and opportunities at the moment, too.

    • Wilson is cheap, worked with snyder before and has a open schedule plus he is pretty useful

      • @Adrian: I don’t think age needs to be used to count some actors out if they have the skills. Hugh Jackman is 44, and I think all of the actors in this list are all, and appear to be even younger than that.

  18. Chris Pine for me. Having him and Ryan Reynolds together as superheroes on film would be priceless. They would be cracking jokes, hitting on Wonder Woman and always being bossed around by Batman. Awesomeness.

    • Spin-off film with the two of them, or showing up in eachother’s films for a beer? Awesome.

  19. Chris Pine hands done he fits the bill more than any actor out there but we all know the fans never get what they want and it will be given to a no name actor.

  20. I kinda could see chris pine as the flash but the others definitely not… maybe t he kid who played Iceman in the xmen movies as flash I could see, or the kid who played impulse in Smalville

    • I like that. .. hell yea I agree

  21. I could see some of them as green arrow if he was put in the movies after the show, i mean Amell is a good actor but these guys could do it better

  22. I could see some of them as green arrow if he was put in the movies after the show, i mean Amell is a good actor but these guys could do it better.

    • Amell is more of a batman guy i think..

  23. Chris Pine as The Flash would be awesome!

  24. I think Neil Patrick Harris would be fantastic honestly, he’s blonde, funny, and has the right body type

  25. Neil Patrick Harris for Barry Allen.

  26. Chris Pine? Yes. Please.

  27. Even in the comments theres no love for Liam…

    • *Liamlove*

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