The Scarlet Speedster has a way of confusing even the most quick-witted of individuals, at least if they're not paying close attention – mostly because no one outside the superhero realm can move at the speed of light. To wit, the popular DC superhero will now be in two places at once, although not technically the same two people. The upcoming The Flash movie will see Ezra Miller step into the role separate his small screen cohort Grant Gustin on CW's The Flash.
On the CW, though, Barry Allen’s father Henry (played by John Wesley Shipp) also enjoyed universal fluidity, returning to the show on Earth-3 even after his character's death. At the same time, his dimension hopping won’t transfer to his big screen counterpart. However, Shipp does seem pleased with Warner Bros’ probable choice for Henry Allen.
News of DC’s cinematic casting choice, that of Billy Crudup (Watchmen), recently reached Shipp through Twitter (via Comic Book). The actor, who also plays Earth-3 mirror image Jay Garrick – received a Tweet from a fan who praised Shipp, saying that Crudup had “big shoes to fill!” Shipp responded in kind, saying, "Billy Crudup is AWESOME actor. Love this choice. Can’t wait to see their take on it.”
— John Wesley Shipp (@JohnWesleyShipp) September 10, 2016
Shipp and Crudup are both fantastic actors, but taking on the role of Henry Allen is never an easy one. If the movie runs parallel to its source comics, Barry’s father will be framed for the murder of his mother Nora. Henry subsequently dies in prison before The Flash can exonerate him. Although unlikely, the film could also choose a similar route to the CW show – where Barry clears his father’s name and gets him released from prison. Unfortunately, Henry doesn’t have long to enjoy his freedom, before zippy scoundrel Zoom cuts him down. Either way, things aren’t looking up for Henry Allen.
While Crudup's role hasn’t been officially announced, it’s a good bet he will get the part – especially since he already has a good rapport with DCEU world-builder Zack Snyder. Shipp’s role as Henry Allen/Jay Garrick certainly would be a good inspiration for Crudup, since the former brought charm and wit to his mirror roles in the Arrowverse. Of course, Crudup has a solid track record as a thespian as well, showcasing his acting chops as Dr. Zimbardo in 2015’s The Stanford Prison Experiment, as well as lending real weight to Doctor Manhattan in Watchmen (a character who is, interestingly enough, DC canon as of “Rebirth”). As long as DC retains the strong father-son bond that drove Barry Allen to use his powers for the benefit of humanity, the Justice League spinoff should retain the humor and heart of its titular hero.
At this point, though, it’s still too early to tell which direction the DC speedster's film adaption will take. Director Rick Famuyiwa won’t even begin shooting until at least January of next year, in plenty of time for The Flash’s release in March of 2018. He may take some cues from the CW favorite, analyzing what’s worked and what hasn’t played as well on the show thus far. Of course, he and scripter Chris Miller will probably avoid rehashing plot lines from their TV counterpart altogether. Either way, there ought to be plenty of dramatic moments and lightning-fast action to go around.
Suicide Squad is in theaters now. Wonder Woman opens on June 2, 2017; Justice League on November 17, 2017; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; an untitled DC Film on October 5, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League 2 on June 14, 2019; an untitled DC film on November 1, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and Green Lantern Corps on July 24, 2020. The Flash, the Batman solo movie and Man of Steel 2 are currently without release dates.
The Flash season 3 will premiere Tuesday October 4th at 8pm on The CW, Arrow season 5 will premiere in the same timeslot on Wednesday October 5th, Supergirl season 2 on Monday October 10th, and Legends of Tomorrow season 2 on Thursday October 13th.