Seth Grahame-Smith‘s ‘The Flash’ movie is zipping ahead with casting. Ezra Miller has long been cast as Barry Allen/The Flash and made a cameo in ‘Batman V Superman’, but what about his supporting cast? It was previously reported that Victor Stone/Cyborg (Ray Fisher) would appear, establishing a playful rapport with the lead character. Now comes word that Warner Brothers is looking to cast five more major characters drawn from the comics.
First is Iris West, Barry’s main love interest. On The CW’s hit show, this character is played by Candice Patton, and she is Barry’s adoptive sister, but clearly the movie will depart from the shows. In the comics, she is the aunt of Wally West, the character that later becomes the Kid Flash.
The next character the studio is seeking to cast is Fred Chyre, a veteran police officer from the comics that only briefly appeared on the show. He is described as being Barry’s partner and closest friend and is investigating an unusual death at Thawne Industries.
Yes, Thawne. That brings us to the next character that is being cast, Eobard Thawne, a character also known as The Reverse-Flash, perhaps The Flash’s arch-enemy. On the TV version, this character is played by Matt Letscher and (kinda) Tom Cavanagh. Just like The Flash, he possesses super speed powers.
Speaking of villains, the film is also looking for its Leonard Snart, a.k.a. Captain Cold, Flash’s OTHER arch-enemy. Wentworth Miller plays the TV version and is a regular on ‘Legends of Tomorrow’. In current comics and on ‘Legends’, Snart has been depicted as more of an anti-hero. In the comics, he actually joined the Justice League!
The final character that is reported to be casting is just a cameo role, but it may be a significant one: Jay Garrick. In the comics, Jay Garrick is the Golden Age Flash, who first debuted in ‘Flash Comics’ #1 in 1940 and served as a member of the Justice Society of America. On the TV show, Jay Garrick is The Flash of Earth-2 and is played by Teddy Sears. In a twist, he turned out to be the Big Bad of the season, Zoom.
Pre-New 52, Garrick served as a mentor/father figure to Barry, whereas the TV version is closer in age to him. We’ll have to wait and see what their relationship is like in the film.
Of course, don’t expect the movie to follow the narrative of the show very closely. The TV series has multiple episodes in which to unfold ongoing storylines while the movie will be (probably) about two hours long, so things have to be more succinct.
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Ezra Miller will next appear as The Flash in Zack Snyder’s ‘Justice League – Part One’ which arrives on November 17, 2017.
Grahame-Smith’s ‘The Flash’ zooms into theaters on March 16, 2018.