‘The Flash’ Pilot to Star Tom Cavanagh as Physicist Harrison Wells

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Tom Cavanagh in Yogi Bear The Flash Pilot to Star Tom Cavanagh as Physicist Harrison Wells

Barry Allen provided the chemicals and mother nature provided the spark, but the transformation of an ordinary forensic scientist into the eponymous hero of the CW’s upcoming Arrow spin-off The Flash needed a bit of an extra kick in order to get the comic book magic working.

That kick came from S.T.A.R. Labs, specifically from the particle accelerator that was switched on and promptly exploded in the Arrow episode ‘Three Ghosts.’ That episode will presumably act as a direct precursor to the pilot episode of The Flash, a show that will reportedly feature some more fantastical content compared to Arrow‘s fairly grounded approach.

Casting announcements for The Flash have been coming in thick and fast, with Danielle Panabaker recently cast as Caitlin Snow, a member of the S.T.A.R. Labs science team whose fiancé was killed in the blast and who – in the comic books, at least – becomes the supervillain known as Killer Frost. Now THR reports that Tom Cavanagh (Ed) has been cast as S.T.A.R. Labs’ top dog: a “rock star” physicist called Harrison Wells, who invented and funded the particle accelerator.

The Flash origins in Arrow season 2 The Flash Pilot to Star Tom Cavanagh as Physicist Harrison Wells

After confessing to her involvement in the destruction of the Glades, Moira Queen became a social pariah in Starling City, and it seems that Wells will have a similar character arc. Having been blamed by just about everyone for the deaths caused by the particle accelerator, the physicist sees the appearance of a human who has been given superpowers by the accident as a chance to find redemption.

Cavanagh is a familiar face in television, having played JD’s brother Dan Dorian on Scrubs and starred as the lead in NBC’s legal comedy Ed. He also played Ranger Smith in that CGI Yogi Bear movie that come out in 2010 and which no one ever talked about ever again. We won’t hold that against him, though.

The cast of the Flash pilot seems to be largely fleshed out now, with Jesse L. Martin (Law and Order) and Candice Patton (The Game) set to play Detective West and Iris West, respectively, and Rick Cosnett cast as Eddie Thawne who seems to be a version of Barry’s nemesis Eobard Thawne AKA Professor Zoom AKA Reverse-Flash. This is certainly shaping up to be an intriguing first episode of what will hopefully be turned into a full series.


The Flash will premiere on The CW, most likely in fall 2014.

Source: THR

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  1. wouldn’t it be awesome if they scheduled this for wednesdays as well? if tomorrow people gets a second season we could have three hours of superhero goodness on wednesdays!

    • The Tomorrow People will get moved to Mondays on March 17. It would be great if The Flash gets the Tomorrow People’s spot.

      • Not in the UK, it’s still airing on Wednesday nights on the E4 channel. The only superhero show I know of that’s moving days is Arrow returning next week on a Thursday instead of Monday.

  2. I am looking forward to this series. I hope it isn’t light hearted like Agents of Shield. I don’t mind family friendly (no cursing, nasty scenes and gore) but I want a more serious tone to it. I think lately the Flash fans have almost been put on the level of Aquaman (not that I don’t like Aquaman) and it really stinks (like fish) that we can’t have a flash that is young and using his detective skills, while fighting crime. I also hope that they use ARMOR instead of cloth fabric.

  3. I want a hard date for the premiere! Tired of hearing casting news with no premiere date yet.

    • Well, the way it goes with most shows is first you have to cast, then film a pilot, then wait and see if you get picked up THEN start filming more episodes and then you get a premiere date. Shows usually don’t get a concrete premiere date before they even start filming a pilot before getting picked up.

      • Yes, that is the normal process, but this is a spinoff that has been already approved and/or “picked up”. They already have most, if not all, of the casting done. They should already have an air date for at least the pilot.

        • It still hasn’t been picked up. It’s what Draagyn said.

          • What I find weird is that I use Geek Town to see when US shows air in the UK and so far, they have Gotham listed as debuting in the summer and no date set for The Flash. Unless they know something everyone else doesn’t methinks they flubbed.

  4. Tom Cavanagh is awesome. I loved the show Ed. I am still waiting for it to become available to purchase!

  5. Is it just me or is “Reverse Flash” an awful character name? I was kinda looking forward to this show after I heard about it, but there is really a character named that? I am having trouble taking this whole thing seriously.

    • Yes there is a character called “Reverse Flash” but in the TV show Arrow the “Hood” is technically supposed to be called the “Green Arrow” so it can be pretty much anything. However since Barry Allen already described a “yellow blur” it means the Reverse Flash has already been in his story line.

    • He also could just be referred to as Professor Zoom, which is a better name. In my opinion at least.

  6. Tom is gonna kill it ! immediately thought about SCRUBS when seeing his name. Flash is going to be Awesome! Cant wait

  7. Definitely up for Professor Zoom! Hope we see some of the other villains like Mirror Master, Captain Cold, Capt. Boomerang, and a few other oldies but baddies.

  8. still hoping for a blue beetle cameo

  9. John Wesley Shipp for Zoom or Jay Garrick

  10. I believe that Dr. Harrison Wells is Wally West. Now, it may seem a little baffoonish, but listen up. Wally West, just like Eobard Thawne, was one of the only people to replicate the event that created the Flash. Now, if Thawne was able to travel back to when the Flash was a child, wouldn’t that entail the possibility that Wally West, probably a teenage by the time The Flash disappeared in the future, be able to travel back in time as well? Now also, Wally West was a science student, and since he was able to recreate the Flash’s mishap, wouldn’t that mean, that he’d be able to create and purposely destroy a particle accelerator, in order to create the Flash. It’s like a paradox. Lastly, Wally looked up to the Flash, and yes, he was a superhero, but even superheros, (like the Reverse Justice League, not Crisis Justice League, but the kill the Luthor, change and rule the world Justice League) leave behind morals to protect the possibility of a better future. This would mean that Wally snapped, and is hiding his identity, so that: One, he can protect his uncle; Two, so he can protect himself from Thawne, who doesn’t know; and Three, so that he can forget about his superhero morality and replace it with a sick sense of justification.

  11. Wells is definitely Professor Zoom. No doubt about it.