John Wesley Shipp Discusses His Role in The Flash Season 3

Thursday, 26 May 2016 - 7:49PM
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Thursday, 26 May 2016 - 7:49PM
John Wesley Shipp Discusses His Role in The Flash Season 3
When the Flash first started, everybody seemed to love the fact that the man playing Barry Allen's father was also the man who had previously played Barry Allen himself in the early 90s TV series. Now they've been given the opportunity to fall in love with the fact that that same man, John Wesley Shipp, has been given the chance to actually be the Flash again, albeit one from a different Earth.  

The season finale of The Flash revealed that the man in the iron mask was Henry Allen's doppleganger from Earth 3 and the actual Jay Garrick. Some fans had guessed that this would be the case when the man spelled out his name in code to Barry earlier in the season, and also when Henry Allen mentioned that his mother's maiden name was Garrick. Either way, it was still an incredible reveal, and the show has even more potential now that the actual Jay Garrick has arrived.

Recently, Shipp was interviewed by Variety about taking on the role of the Flash again after 25 years away from the job. In the interview, Shipp revealed some details about his role in the upcoming season.  

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The palette is wide open. The thing they love to do at the end of the season is they introduce so many different elements that could go in so many different directions. For me, personally, as an actor, Henry Allen was rather closed-ended, he was there for a purpose, he served his purpose, it was time for him to die. The fact that I'm now getting to morph into an entirely different character that is so important to the Justice Society of America, which also bleeds into "Legends of Tomorrow," he's such an important character to this whole world – it just opens up enormous possibilities for me as an actor going forward, and the challenge for me, having played Henry,  is that I now get to create an entirely different character going forward. And how that affects Barry – because Barry's going to want to lean on this guy who looks just like his father but is not his father – that can create a whole bunch of psychological conflict too. I'm as excited as you are to see how all of this will play out.
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Shipp's involvement in Legends of Tomorrow makes perfect sense, as the revelation that next season would focus on the JSA simply wouldn't be complete without Jay Garrick's Flash on the team. Really, the fact that Garrick is involved in this TV universe at all opens up so many different possibilities.

Of course, Jay Garrick was the original Flash before the character surged in popularity with the introduction of Barry Allen in the 50s. So it's extremely fitting that the man who played the original TV Flash is now playing the original comic book Flash (in a TV universe, of course). It'll certainly be fun to watch the two Flashes interact in the upcoming season, and hopefully, Garrick's role in Barry's story won't be limited to just the occasional cameo.  

Then again, the finale also mirrored the start to Geoff Johns' famous story, The Flashpoint Paradox, with Barry going back in time to save his mother. In the comics, when Barry corrects his mistake by going back in time yet again to stop himself from saving her, the entire universe changes as history is revised in some pretty significant ways. If the show is intentionally trying to adapt this storyline, then fans could be seeing some pretty huge changes in season 3.
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