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14 items from 2017

Five Things You Didn’t Know About John Wesley Shipp

11 September 2017 2:00 AM, PDT | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

Actor John Wesley Shipp is well-known for a variety of television and film roles. He was born on January 22, 1955, in Norfolk, Virginia. His first role in television was playing Dr. Kelly Nelson, a regular character on a daytime soap opera called ‘Guiding Light’. However, it is ‘The Flash’ for which he is best-known. In this CBS series, he played Barry Allen and The Flash between 1990 and 1991. He was cast in a mysterious role in the CW series ‘The Flash’ in 2014 and this character was later revealed as Henry Allen, the father of Barry Allen/ The

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- Nat Berman

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Review: Flash: The Complete Third Season

5 September 2017 1:45 PM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

After two seasons of relentlessly grim Arrow, we all welcomed Flash with open arms, rejoicing in its optimism and joy. Sure, there were some quibbles and wobbles, but it was still eminently entertaining with an appealing cast.

Then came season three. I do not understand DC’s fixation with Flashpoint, a miniseries that really doesn’t hold up to examination and was not only the cornerstone for this misfire of a season but will also be felt in the first Flash feature film. The repercussions of Barry’s rash decision at the end of season two, to race back in time and save his mother’s life, had substantial impact on his life and those of others in his world. Then, when he tried to fix it, other changes happened and he spent most of the season moping.

Flash: The Complete Third Season, out this week from Warner Home Entertainment, »

- Robert Greenberger

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What ‘90s Flash TV Star Thinks of Ezra Miller in the Dceu

2 September 2017 4:43 PM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

John Wesley Shipp has played more than one Flash, and he's happy to welcome the DC Extended Universe's Ezra Miller into the fold. »

- Jason Chamberlain

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What The 90's TV Flash Thinks Of Ezra Miller In The Dceu

2 September 2017 10:39 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

There's no shortage of Flash's out there, and this is what John Wesley Shipp thinks about sharing his mantle with Ezra Miller in the Dceu. »

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Flash Actor Reveals How to Get the Classic ‘90s Suit on CW’s Show

1 September 2017 4:53 PM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

The Flash star John Wesley Shipp is urging fans to take to Twitter if they want to see him don his costume from the 1990 series. »

- Dusty Stowe

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The Flash: Grant Gustin Hopes Everyone Can Forgive Barry in Season 4

3 August 2017 11:33 AM, PDT | TVGuide - Breaking News | See recent TVGuide - Breaking News news »

After everything that happened with Barry last season in The Flash, Grant Gustin hopes everyone can forgive him when Season 4 premieres this fall.

The finale saw him taking Jay Garrick's (John Wesley Shipp) place in the Speed Force and rather than endless torment, he'll finally find some peace. "He's


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- Keisha Hatchett

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Candice Patton Teases a "Very Hardened" Iris in The Flash Season 4

24 July 2017 2:13 PM, PDT | TVGuide - Breaking News | See recent TVGuide - Breaking News news »

A new Iris West (Candice Patton) will emerge when Season Four of The Flash arrives this fall.

As we saw in the Comic-Con trailer, she steps up as the leader Team Flash after Barry (Grant Gustin) volunteers to take Jay Garrick's (John Wesley Shipp) place in the Speed Force. If she looks calm and


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- Keisha Hatchett

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Remembering The Flash TV Series That Never Was

22 June 2017 9:40 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

If anything, this has certainly been an interesting week when it comes to superhero trivia. For example, not only have we learned nifty things such as Batman & Robin director Joel Schumacher wishing he’d gotten the opportunity to direct a movie focused squarely on Arkham Asylum, but we’re also about to look back at a forgotten attempt to bring The Flash to the small screen.

By now, the current series’ reputation most certainly precedes it and many of you are no doubt aware of the show that featured John Wesley Shipp as the lead, which aired nearly three decades ago. But what you may not have heard about was when the now defunct WB network tried to bring the Scarlet Speedster to television back in 2003.

At that time, Smallville was still in its infancy and, while it’s fairly well known that those working in WB’s TV division were so close to bringing an Aquaman spinoff to fruition – and later Justice League, believe it or not – there were other DC properties they had their eye on, namely The Flash. In fact, Daily Variety broke the story the very same day Christian Bale was announced as having been cast as Batman.

Basically, Todd Komarnicki (Resistance, Elf) was tasked with writing and executive producing this drastically different take on the iconic hero that’d have seen him as a citizen of Gotham City who was fresh out of college. What’s more is that he wouldn’t have worn any type of slick costume, mirroring Smallville’s “no tights, no flights” mandate. These days, many would scoff at such a notion, but it’s important to remember that when this project was taking off, superheroes weren’t yet fully considered cool in the eyes of the mainstream (I’d argue that our current Golden Age didn’t kickoff until 2008 with the releases of The Dark Knight and Iron Man.)

Komarnicki had this to offer before the endeavor hit a dead end:

“This is a story about a guy who’s aimlessly drifting through life and barely moving at the speed of life when he discovers his calling is to move at the speed of light.”

What remains unclear to this day is who’d have taken on the mantle, be it Jay Garrick, Barry Allen, Wally West, or Bart Allen. Based on what WB’s Carolyn Bernstein had to say though, it may have been one of the younger iterations:

“It’s a big, fun, adventure series. There’s also a mentor character who’ll train him, and there’s a legacy of Flashes before him.”

While it’s fun to ponder what could have been – also because time travel would’ve been a core element – it’s for the best this never took off because we would’ve never seen Smallville’s version of The Flash (Bart Allen), who was the first major DC hero to guest star on that series. Furthermore, the dominoes leading to the Arrowverse as we know it today likely wouldn’t have fallen, either. »

- Eric Joseph

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The Flash season 3 episode 23 review: Finish Line

23 May 2017 8:17 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Mike Cecchini May 24, 2017

The Flash Season 3 finale reveals the final fate of a central character and sets the stage for what's to come...

This review contains spoilers.

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3.23 Finish Line

I think I can safely say that I am satisfied with The Flash season 3 finale, Finish Line. What I didn't expect was just how seriously they were going to take that Finish Line title, and for the second year in a row, they managed to throw fans a serious curve. More than one, as a matter of fact.

I've written so many variations of this over the last handful of reviews that I hesitate to go back into it one more time, but just in case you're new here: I have been completely on board with the second »

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The Flash season 3 episode 20 review: I Know Who You Are

2 May 2017 8:17 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Mike Cecchini May 3, 2017

We learn the true identity of Savitar in The Flash season 3 episode I Know Who You Are. Spoilers ahead...

This review contains spoilers.

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3.20 I Know Who You Are


There are three episodes left. There is now pretty much a zero chance that The Flash screws this up. I'm not even going to talk about that bonkers final shot yet. Why? Because while it's certainly the biggest moment of I Know Who You Are, it isn't the most important. And this was an episode that was positively packed with important moments, many of which affect the series as a whole, not just this season.

For starters, this is basically a Killer Frost episode. And if you've been reading me since season one, I have consistently preached patience with Killer Frost. »

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Justice League: breaking down the new trailer

25 March 2017 12:17 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Mike Cecchini Mar 27, 2017

There's so much DC superhero stuff hidden in the new Justice League movie trailer that we broke it all down for you.

Well, it sure took them long enough, didn't it? We've been waiting since last July for an 'official' trailer for Zack Snyder's Justice League movie. At San Diego Comic Con 2016, Warner Bros. unveiled a reel of footage, but it wasn't what they were officially calling a trailer. But this one is something different, and it reveals lots more about what's actually happening in the movie than that initial footage.

So the first thing you should do before I start overanalyzing every piece of this thing, is you should watch the trailer yourself if you haven't seen it yet.

Here it is...

The biggest thing to note here is that they're still aggressively pushing a very different tone (if not look) from Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice. »

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The Flash season 3 episode 16 review: Into The Speed Force

14 March 2017 8:17 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Mike Cecchini Mar 15, 2017

The Flash brought back some familiar faces for another remarkable season 3 episode...

This review contains spoilers.

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3.16 Into The Speed Force

"You don't like the future, Flash? Change it."

For, I dunno, the third or fourth time this year, I was prepared to write some kind of 500 word variation of "this episode was okay" and then Into The Speed Force decided to shake things up. Again. I've loved this season, and I'm pretty sure that by this time last year the wheels were already starting to come off. There's been no sign of the central premise collapsing this time around and The Flash has gone from strength to strength recently.

But I'll admit, I was sceptical coming in to this one. »

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A Dean Cain-Teri Hatcher Reunion On Supergirl Is A Very Real Possibility

26 February 2017 12:33 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

There’s one thing that’s become apparent to me over the years: Once you’ve played an iconic DC character, you may very well find yourself employed for life. In fact, Supergirl is a fine example of this. Kara’s adoptive parents are played by none than Dean Cain and Helen Slater, who previously inhabited the roles of Superman and Supergirl, respectively. Aside from that, not too long ago it was revealed that yet another fan favorite will have the chance to run with the torch again when Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman alumnus Teri Hatcher was announced as having been cast in a mysterious villainous role.

Now, we can probably all agree that it would be somewhat of a letdown if Cain and Hatcher were unable to have an onscreen reunion, even if for only one episode. And although the former is confirmed to return to the show this Monday, »

- Eric Joseph

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5 February 2017 5:00 AM, PST | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

My favorite superhero TV show these days is The Flash. Heck, it may be my favorite TV show period. Grant Gustin is doing a great job as Barry Allen/The Flash and the stories have wonderful “Easter eggs” for those who know DC continuity. One of the best is casting John Wesley Shipp, who played Barry/Flash in the earlier TV incarnation of The Flash, is in this version first as Barry’s dad and now as Jay Garrick, the Flash of Earth-2.

What also is great is the supporting cast on the show. On The Flash, they’ve even increased by one to include Tom Fenton (perhaps best known as Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter films) as Barry’s “frenemy”. He’s also joined “Team Flash” as it’s called, even on the show.

This is where the TV versions of the Flash (and the other superheroes) differs from the comics. »

- John Ostrander

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