For my money there is no better Barry Allen than Castle‘s Nathan Fillion. Truth be told, fanboys have been searching for a spot for Fillion to fill in the comic book movie universe for sometime now. Before Ryan Reynolds snagged his role as The Green Lantern, Fillion’s name was being pitched into the ring. The guy is funny, witty, likable, has a loyal cult following in place (Joss Whedon’s Firefly/Serenity nation) and has already done some geek-themed voiceover work on DC animated projects including Justice League and this year’s Wonder Woman animated feature. Fillion is the sort of actor I can see having a ball playing up all the speed-based gags a Flash movie SHOULD offer, and will still look credible kicking serious ass in the climatic fight. I would love to see the man get his shot at the role.
However, whenever I think Barry Allen it’s hard not to consider how the character meshes with Hal Jordan/Green Lantern. DC Comics aficionados already know that the Silver Age Flash/Green Lantern teamups come second only to the legendary Superman/Batman teamups. So, whether relevant or not, it’s hard for me NOT to consider how the actors playing Flash and Green Lantern would mesh onscreen. Actor Ryan Reynolds is currently 34, so the actor playing Barry Allen would have to fit that same age range; Fillion is currently 38, so it would be a stretch, but one worth making, IMHO.
RUNNER UP: Josh Duhamel – I don’t know how funny the guy is, but he can certainly do action (Transformers) and has the physical body type (read: muscular) and enough dramatic acting skill for the serious portions of a Flash movie. Plus, if there were ever a Flash/Green Lantern crossover, fanboys would have to fight for seats in the theater against the hordes of ladies who would flock to see two of their favorite hunks (Reynolds and Duhamel) sharing the screen. So, if Warner Bros. wants to have The Flash appeal to the younger female demographic, there are worst choices than casting Duhamel.
Come on! Did you really think I would go with anybody else??? You’ve been saying it for years now – heck, WE’VE been saying it for years now! If they make this Flash movie using the modern age incarnation of the character (Wally West) then Neil Patrick Harris is the way to go! Not only does NPH look the part (see below), he PERFECTLY embodies that mischievous boyishness and wise-cracking charm that Wally is known for. People have said that NPH is “way too skinny” to fill out a crimson body suit – but THIS IS HOLLYWOOD, PEOPLE! They can bulk the guy up in an instant and have him off to the races!
If you want a version of The Flash that will do for that character what Iron Man did for Ol’ Shellhead, then you gotta have an actor with massive amounts charisma (“The RDJ factor”) to get butts in those theater seats. After turning this year’s Emmys into a veritable one-man show, and killing it on both the small screen (How I Met Your Mother), the silver screen (the Harold & Kumar movies) and even the computer screen (Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog), NPH hasn’t been this popular since he played a certain freckle-faced underage M.D. back in the 90s. A breakout film role is the next logical step in the NPH world domination campaign.
RUNNER UP: People have suggested Adam Brody in the past – but it’s been awhile since The O.C. wrapped and I don’t know if Brody has the star power behind him anymore, honestly. So I’m going to say that Jerry O’ Connell might not be a bad second choice – he’s also funny, mischievous, has the physical attributes and would also draw ladies to the theater. But again, there’s that question of how bright his star power is (not) these days…
That’s it for me – what about you guys? Who do you think should play The Flash and which version – Barry Allen or Wally West – should we get?
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