Who Should Play The Flash?

Published 6 years ago by , Updated August 7th, 2013 at 12:28 pm,

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Today we’re presenting yet another installment of our superhero movie fantasy casting feature, this time for the still-in-development big screen adaptation of The Flash. This film has been stop-and-go (pun intended) for awhile now, with previous versions of the script having been turned in by big name writers (David S. Goyer), and some big name actors having been eyed for the role (or so rumor would have it).

As of last week we have word that The Flash is coming along at a good pace, so as the story of the ‘The World’s Fastest Man’ steps closer and closer to becoming a cinematic reality, we stop to ask ourselves:

Who should play The Flash?


The Flash is one of the oldest heroes in the DC Universe, but it would be a stretch to call him one of the most famous (despite the 1990s TV series). Sure, the character is well known by the comic book fanboy nation – and any JoBlo off the street could probably tell you that “He’s the guy in the red suit who runs really fast.” However, I’d be surprised if that same JoBlo could tell you the names of Flash’s alter egos over the years (Jay Garrick, Barry Allen and Wally West) – or if you could even find a handful of fanboys willing to tell you that The Flash is “The most awesome superhero ever!”

By current estimate, I would place The Flash just a couple notches under Iron Man (before the film came out) in terms of public recognition/love, hovering somewhere around the same plane as Green Lantern. Of course, I must acknowledge that both The Flash and Green Lantern have made serious comic book comebacks over the course of the last half decade – thanks in overwhelming part to DC Comics writer Geoff Johns, who resurrected both Silver Age Flash and Green Lantern (Barry Allen and Hal Jordan) and has written storylines for both characters that have gone on to become modern comic book classics.

Did I mention that Geoff Johns is also acting as a consultant on The Flash movie?

Like Iron Man, The Flash faces the daunting task of elevating a C-list superhero to blockbuster movie height$. There is no doubt that Iron Man got a head start in that same department by casting Robert Downey Jr. – so when casting The Flash, I say forget all this talk about “getting a no name” to play the part; in this case, name recognition is a MUST.


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Back during Comic Con this year I had a chance to toss Geoff Johns a question about the treatment he did for The Flash script (which is now in the hands of screenwriter Dan Mazeau). In the Johns’ response (which you can read HERE), he alluded to several things hinting that we might be seeing Barry Allen, the “Silver Age” Flash in the movie version, instead of “Modern Age” Flash, Wally West, as many fans initially assumed. Of course this all just speculation – but it makes for one doozy of a job for those of us in the fantasy casting business!

That said, I’ll have to cast BOTH versions of The Flash just to be safe. So, if you’re interested, here are my picks for who should play Barry Allen or Wally West, based on the criteria that the actor for either role needs to be both funny and dramatic and able to exude heroism – not to mention having the physical body type of a long distance sprinter (let’s not forget that!).

[And no, Ryan Reynolds is NOT a candidate! He’s already Green Lantern AND Deadpool! That’s enough!]

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  1. chris pine

  2. I agree with Chris pine. I don’t agree on anything dealing with the plot with this movie…a police scientist? Come on get real if they stick to that script it will be just as bad as green lantern. I have a script in my head that would go into the orgins of the flash. Similar to the way Christopher Milan did with batman. Get back to me if your interested anyone writers directors. I know what I’m talking about.

  3. chris pine

  4. May sound weird but I’m thinking Justin Timberlake would be a good Flash. He has the build and gaining the acting chops too. Voice is still a girly but it’s not a deal breaker for The Flash.


    • Not a bad choice I would have to agree. What do you think of paul walker?

  5. You should hire Rian Johnson or Chris Nolan. Do it for the sake of the fans and franchise. They will make the right decisions

  6. I dunno why, I think Channing Tatum could play a flash O.o I dunno I think it could work, but that’s just me

  7. Channing tatum the flash

  8. Personally I’d love to see Jake Gyllenhaal for Wally West. See his End of Watch look for what he’d look like with a fully covered dome. He showed his physical acting in Prince of Persia, is pretty damn funny, an enormous box office name and has a long chin like JLU Flash.

  9. Bradley cooper

  10. Flash is one of my favorite comic book hero in the dc universe. Although I like your choices for barry I always thought paul walker would play a good flash. I’m just going on looks and age, his acting would definitely need tuning but I think he could pull it off

  11. overall, Reynolds should be replaced by Duhamel as the green lantern & should be casted for the lead as the flash. however we also have on our hands many other gifted actors who could nail the part, with each of them being unique in his charm & charisma. we got Chris Pine, Bradley Cooper, Ryan Gosling, jake Gyllenhaal & not to forget Brad Pitt. Hell no for Fillion &/or NPH…..

  12. overall, Reynolds should be replaced by Duhamel as the green lantern & should be casted for the lead as the flash. however we also have on our hands many other gifted actors who could nail the part, with each of them being unique in his charm & charisma. we got Chris Pine, Bradley Cooper, Ryan Gosling, jake Gyllenhaal & not to forget Brad Pitt. Hell no for Fillion &/or NPH….. they simply lack the presence, the charisma & the physical appearance. The Flash isn’t simply a comedian, but a SUPERHERO with a funny sense of humor

  13. Will there be open auditions for this role since there has not been any final candidate for it?

  14. Will there be open auditions for this role because there hasn’t been any final candidates for this role?

  15. Chris evans should play as the flash it will be awesome

  16. Barry allen an chris evans should play as him

  17. Bring in Wes Bentley to star as Bruce Wayne, and I have to admint Paul Wlaker as Flash just might be a a great suggestion.

    One thing for sure, You can not make the Justice League before Batman and SuperMan Team up. It just doesnt work.

  18. I hear they are looking at connor del rio ( http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3854820/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1 ) for the flash i am a fan he did an episode of his show with flash like powers already check him out

  19. The candidates should be ..
    Armie Hammer
    Ryan Gosling
    Hayden Christensen
    Paul Walker

  20. I think if its Wally West, chris pine. He has a great combo of star power acting ability and humor.

  21. Nathon Fillion is a good actor but in no way shape or form could play flash. and neither could Josh.I have no selection to who i think should yet but i can guarantee it will be better than these

  22. I like Luke Mitchell for the role. He looks just like Barry Allen, has the muscle to be a superhero, is only 28, is going to play a superhero in Tomorrow People, which Greg Berlanti is also writing.

  23. Wally west:
    Dave Franco
    Barrey Allen:
    William levy

  24. Guys How about Charlie Hunnam????? if you haven’t seen him in Pacific Rim then you should. He kicked monsters asses out there!!! he’s got the california golden boy looks on him with rugged manly features. he also possesses the athletic physique & an appealing sense of humor. He could play the Flash wonderfully….
    I think we have found our hero

    • I don’t think so. Neither Barry nor Wally look rugged. Barry is an intellectual scientist and Wally is more happy-go-lucky. Hunnam looks more like a brawler. He might make a good Aquaman, although I personally prefer others.

  25. I’m thinkin Channing Tatum because he looks like a runner and he also looks close to the flash

  26. Lets see Justin Timberlake take the role of The Flash. He is a great actor to become part of the future DC Cinematic Universe.


  28. Michael Rosenbaum would be the perfect choice to play in the movie plus he has voiced the flash in the cartoons.

  29. Wally West – Chris Evans
    Barry Allen – Chris Evans

    He’s so right for this role. Too bad he’s already wearing 2 suits at present.