And ‘The Flash’ Might Be… Neil Patrick Harris?

Published 6 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:24 pm,

patrick harris flash And The Flash Might Be... Neil Patrick Harris?

Ready for a wild rumor? How about Neil Patrick Harris being pursued to play DC comic book superhero The Flash? The last we had heard, Ryan Reynolds was in the running (get it?) for the role, but with the upcoming Wolverine movie it seems like his superhero destiny may be tied up as Deadpool.

But this, if true, is pretty much out of left field.

The Flash has been on again, off again and now on again with the recent addition of a screenwriter. We first mentioned it back in 2004 when David Goyer was supposedly going to write the script (he went on to write a little movie you may have heard of: The Dark Knight). Then there was nothing heard for three years until the announcement that Goyer was not writing the movie, but that Shawn Levy was attached to direct, then comedy director David Dobkin. That news quietly faded away and nothing was heard until earlier this month, when word surfaced that Dan Mazeau was attached to write the screenplay.

Now comes possible “insider” news that Neil Patrick Harris and possibly Scott Porter (according to are being looked at to play the Scarlet Speedster. Scott played the young Rex Racer in Speed Racer and has a recurring role on Friday Night Lights.

And of course who doesn’t know who Neil Patrick Harris is? For a 35 year old guy, he seems like he’s been around forever… starting out years ago as Doogie Howser, M.D. and then appearing in Starship Troopers (yes, he was in that). After that he bounced around doing one-shot appearances in TV episodes and a lot of cartoon voiceover work including Justice League and Spider-Man.

But what brought him back into popularity was his wild character in Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, which led to a leading role on the sitcom How I Met Your Mother. Finally, most recently he played a supervillain in the cult hit Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.

Anyway, it’ll be interesting to see if this pans out – no doubt he could pull it off if he buffed up and I think he’s got the acting chops to do it.

Again, keep in mind this is FAR from confirmed – but what do you think about the possibility of Neil Patrick Harris as The Flash?

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  1. Neil Patrick Harris can be do pretty much anything in my book. He has great comic timing and has acting chops.

  2. Yeah I have to admit, NPH does sound like a really good choice. It should be a fun movie either way if they do it right.

  3. Sorry that the Flash in this film isnt Barry Allen,
    But I dont mind NPH as Wally West.

  4. damn ai really like unicorns :D

  5. If this is true,Then D.C. can start doing films and tie them together like Marvel and start The D.C.U. ending with the Justice League

  6. he’s a official gay. Nice to see that we have gay heroes now. Finally.

  7. Um, this would be a gay actor portraying a straight superhero. The Flash is not gay.


  8. Neil Patrick Harris can do anything, I think it’s awesome.

    I love Ryan Reynolds as well, but he’s done a few Marvel comic movies already and like said above, is locked up as Deadpool for his comic future.

  9. What Vic said. If How I Met your Mother has taught us anything, it’s that Neil can easily play a straight character.

  10. Neil as The Flash would be the greatest thing ever! I’d go from not even seeing the movie to going to the midnight showing on opening night. He’s just that awesome!

  11. NPH as Wally West? Leg-wait for it…endary! The right choice!

  12. Yeah, I could deal with it. The Flash (as I remember him) wasn’t a very “serious” superhero.

  13. As someone else said, I first thought, “Neil Patrick Harris?”; but after reading all the posts and thinking about what he has done, I can definately see this. I also think Chris Evans would be a good choice but he doesn’t have the acting ability that NPH has.

  14. Call me crazy, but I like it! NPH would be a fantastic Wally West, and he looks like he could pull off anywhere in his late 20′s. I just hope he can buff up a lot more.

    Let’s not forget, people weren’t sure about R. Downey Jr. when he was first cast as Tony Stark and look how that turned out.

  15. NO!!!!

    Scott Porter should play THE Flash/Barry ALlen!!! Harris is OK as him in the animated movie, but I don’t see him as Flash in a movie. Porter for Barry Allen!

    And this movie had better be about BARRY ALLEN, NOT Kid Flash/Wally West, dammit.

  16. Kyle Gallner = My Flash (L)

  17. Beef up? Not really…take a look at him at the end of season 3 last year in How I Met Your Mother. He’s in bed with Robin and it’s pretty clear he’s realized that if he’s gonna be topless a fair amount in this show–and he is–he should get pretty buff.

  18. Wonder Woman and Green Lantern have great animated movies, I hope they make a animated movie of The Flash.

  19. harris is too gay to be the Flash

  20. I know it’s too late because he has already done deadpool, but Ryan Reynolds would have been a much better Flash. The guy is already big enough and he has that sarcasm to go along with it.

  21. @ allen
    I agree with ya on that one Allen. After seeing Reynolds as Deadpool, he’d be perfect as Wally West/Flash. Is it impossible for a actor to play to different heroes from different comic book publishers etc.?

  22. The only flash I remember is the one in Justice League Europe, and he was cool. A sexist, wise ass… funny. Who in their right mind would hit on power girl? He was just looking for beating. NPH would be perfect, who needs muscles? He’s kind of lanky, like a runner.

    AND enough of the Ryan Reynolds worship!!! He’s just a sarcastic one trick pony… now with ABS! And who’s better – Aquaman or Namor? Anyone?

  23. Namor any day. He’s strong as heck and he can fly.

  24. He already played the Flash (Barry) in Justice League: New Frontier, and I absolutely loved him in it. Since I’ve seen it I’ve hoped he’d get the role, but I’m trying not to get my hopes up too high. He’s awesome! He can be any flash! Except maybe Jay…