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

Published 1 year ago by , Updated October 15th, 2013 at 9:36 am, This is a list post.

Flash Movie Actors Justice League The 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 Flash Australian-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 Flash A 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.

Conclusion

Flash Movie Actors Justice League That 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. Patick Wilson if we are talking about Barry Allen, Chris Pine if we’re talking Wally West.

    • Ryan Gosling would be an awesome Flash, and they need to pay Christian Bale what ever he wants to come back as Batman

      • At what age does Ryan Gosling change his name to Ryan Goose?

        • Clever

      • Ryan Gosling is the only one who wouldn’t have to audition to sell me. Maybe the best actor of his generation and he could play Barry Allen or the more comedic Wally West equally well. If I were to audition Michael rosenbaum would get first shot. He voiced Flash in the animated series very well and may look good in the suit.

    • no, Ian Somerhalder or Robert Pattinson or Channing Tatum!!!!

      • Bale can eat a bowl of d**k. His lame voice and hammy overacting almost ruined Batman for me.

      • If ANY of those three are cast the movie will be a joke.

  2. This guy Edgerton DOES NOT fit The Flash at all in my book he’s too old looking

  3. This guy (Chris Pine) really should play The Flash he’d fit the part perfectly

  4. I’m still rooting for Michael Rosenbaum, personally.

  5. Bradley Cooper should play The Flash

  6. Gerald Hedlund can make an awesome FLASH I would like to see him play “The Fastest Man Alive” like he did played in TRON: THE LEGACY

  7. I’d definetly say Chris Pine. Im a fan. He did great in “Star Trek” and “This Means War”. He has the humor, charisma and acting chops.

  8. Superman – Henry Cavill
    Batman – Christian Bale
    Wonder Woman – Lynn Collins
    Green Lantern – Ryan Reynolds
    The Flash – Chris Pine
    Aquaman – Armie Hammer

    …Youre Welcome

    • Yes, thanks for nothing

  9. Ian Somerhalder, RYAN GOSLING, Robert Pattinson

    • AGREED!!!

  10. nice cast :)

  11. Robert Pattinson and Channing Tatum are the best choice :) :) :)

  12. Batman – Christian Bale
    Superman – Henry Cavill
    Wonder Woman – Gina Carano
    Green Lantern – Ryan Reynold
    Flash – Robert Pattinson, Ian Somerhalde, Channing Tatum, Ryan Gosling

    :):):) :):):) :):):)

  13. Chris Pine

  14. Okay I think this is a horrible list. But I will give my top two.

    If you want a young Flash, cast Neil Patrick Harris.
    http://content8.flixster.com/rtactor/40/37/40378_pro.jpg

    If you want an older flash, with a somewhat quirky sense of humor as flash as been portrayed in the past (Harris does this well too) then cast Alan Tudyk of Firefly fame.
    http://www.cinemablend.com/images/news_img/22395/alan_tudyk_22395.jpg

  15. Current leaders on Fill the Part:

    1: Justin Timberlake
    2: Ryan Reynolds
    3: Zachary Levi
    4: Ryan Gosling

    http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/f176cf49b37d22db1476594c054bc037.png

  16. The actor needs to look like an Olympic sprinter physically. Should start training Ryan gosling on the track

  17. How about Jensen Ackels? Heʻs a funny yet a BADASS in Supernatural. Heʻs perfect.

  18. i think david tennant will be great as barry allen/the flash…the flash as orginally drawn by carmine infantino was thin like a track runner not a muscled superhero and thats how he should remain.. tennant has already played a hero in bbc’s doctor who and as long as he can do an american accent he would be great.
    and make nathan fillion as green lantern/hal jordon
    warner brothers can introduce origin vechiles with tv movies played on their wb network and use arrow tv show as a launching pad.

  19. I thought John Wesley Shipp played a great Barry Allen in the 90s tv series to bad he’s moving towards 60! I think Michael Rosenbaum should have been considered! He was a great Wally West in The Justice League animated shows, i can really see him being the flash but yeah he’s 40 and i understand needing a younger actor… i guess Chris Pine would be good…

  20. Garrett hedlund would be so good

  21. garrett hedlund would be so good for this role

  22. CHRIS EVANS!!! Best Choice

  23. Jim Person aka sheldon copper should be The Flash in the justice league movie

    • hell yes and mila kunis or megan fox for wonder woman

  24. chris evans would be really good but he’s already captain america we cant have the same actor be two different heroes it almost makes it seem fake sheldon would be so cute but you dont think he’s a bit too awkward for role he doesnt really have that kind off tough side to him

  25. armie hammer, as flash is da fun, blonde guy (if barry allen) in the group n armie will do the perfect job on tht.

  26. what about Michael Weatherly?

  27. its gotta be Jamie Fox, cause i dont think its Forrest Witicker, doubt its Denzel…

  28. Seann William Scott should be Flash!

  29. Liam McIntyre hands down! He was bad ass as Spartacus, so he should be able to pull off Flash.

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