Original ’90s Flash John Wesley Shipp Joins CW’s Reboot



The actor played the superhero in the TV series that aired on CBS

CW and Warner Bros. Television is staging a flash-back.

John Wesley Shipp, who played Barry Allen AKA The Flash on the ’90s CBS series about DC Comics’ speedy superhero, has joined The CW’s pilot which stars “Glee’s” Grant Gustin in the title role.

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Shipp’s role is being kept secret by producers, but it will become a recurring guest role if The CW picks up “The Flash” to series.

In addition to Gustin, Shipp joins already announced castmembers Tom Cavanagh, Carlos Valdes, Candice Patton, Jesse L. Martin, Rick Cosnett and Danielle Panabaker.

Shipp’s many TV credits include MTV’s “Teen Wolf,” NBC’s “Sisters,” The WB’s “Dawson’s Creek” and “One Life to Live.”

Also read: CW’s ‘Flash’ to Receive Its Own Pilot

Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and David Nutter are executive producing the “Flash” pilot, with Berlanti and Kreisberg writing along with Geoff Johns (“Arrow,” “Smallville”). Melissa Kellner Berman will co-executive produce the project.

  • Allen Kayne

    FIRST! Wow, that’s some FLASHY news.

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  • Recoil316

    Jay Garrick…obviously.

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  • Bernard Berube Jr

    Jay Garrick would be a sweet role to play.

  • A.L. Hern

    And “The Flash” series that starred Shipp a quarter-century ago was SUCH a huge hit. The public’s been clamoring for an update ever since…

    • solitaire

      Actually, it suffered in the ratings because it was constantly pre-empted by the news and had it’s slot changed. It was well received and well remembered, as is evidenced by the fact message boards everywhere are filled with positive comments regarding this. If you care so little, why bother posting at all?

  • Nancy Chandler

    I love this man. So glad he is coming back ! It will be worth watching now that John will be on it!!

  • grayskullprime

    With all the good stuff I’ve been reading about this show I’m gonna be really pissed if they pull another Aquaman/Wonder Woman stunt with this.

  • Diddy_Caca

    I CAME FROM YOU, PIKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • JustLurkin

    Out-frelling-standing! Exceptional! Now, if only the big-screen reboot of “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” had cast David McCallum [or even Robert Vaughn] as Alexander Waverly instead of that putz Hugh Grant… Oh, well, I’ll have to be happy that JWS is onboard. Very cool.