FLASH Director Talks Pilot Episode; John Wesley Shipp’s Role Confirmed

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With The Flash pilot official picked up by The CW and scheduled for Tuesday nights, fans are all riled up and ready to see Grant Gustin in action as Barry Allen. The network released a very impressive 5-minute trailer that showed how different the show would be from its sister series, Arrow. Since we’ve gotten our first good look at the series fans have been hanging on to every new piece of information that pops up about the series. Today David Nutter, the pilot’s director, has opened up about his work and John Wesley Shipp‘s role as Barry‘s father has been confirmed.

Flash2Speaking with CBR about his work on Smallville, Game of Thrones‘ Red Wedding, and of course The Flash, David Nutter says that he has been extremely impressed with Gustin‘s acting. He told the site of the actor that he was “[a]s impressed as I’ve been with any lead of any pilot I’ve ever done. He was truly magical. He was quite fantastic and had amazing chops and composure. He had such wonderful depth and power and richness. I think the audience will love him.” When asked about the tone of the series and how Barry is brought to life, the director explained that this is a little more lighthearted than Arrow, as we saw from the trailer:

We were very happy with how “Arrow” turned out. What we wanted to do was make the show have some other notes in it. There’s humor in this pilot, which fits very well. It’s a little bit brighter of a show. It really encapsulates who Barry Allen is as a character, and who the Flash is in the comics.
Geoff Johns, who had written so much of the Flash lore over the recent years, was one of the screenplay writers. We utilized his knowledge and expertise in this world. Greg and Andrew are quite aficionados as well, Andrew being a comic book writer himself. We all relied on each other to give our best work. It was a real fantastic community effort that worked out beautifully.

flashAnother big bit of Flash news is the recent confirmation that 90s Flash star John Wesley Shipp will indeed be playing Barry‘s father. Fans noticed Shipp in the Allen family portrait, but it is nice to have it official confirmed. Executive producer Greg Berlanti released the following statement about Shipp‘s pivotal role:

Given his history with The Flash, Andrew [Kreisberg], Geoff [Johns] and I could only think of one person we wanted to play Barry’s father and that was John Wesley Shipp. He gives a fantastic and emotional performance in the pilot, and we are looking forward to his presence in many more episodes. Also, personally, it was just wonderful to work with him again since my days at Dawson’s Creek. He’s a great actor and a great guy.

As you know if you’re a comic book reader, Flash is driven by the murder of his mother and how his father was framed for the crime. Since Barry will be trying to solve that case, we can probably expect semi-regular prison chats with his father. Shipp isn’t quite a series regular, but he is said to be a recurring character.

The Flash stars Grant Gustin, Cadicne Patton (Iris West), Jesse L. Martin (Detective West), Rick Cosnett (Eddit Thawne), Danielle Panabaker (Caitlin Snow) and Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon. The super speedster will soon be taking over our Tuesday nights (from 8:00pm-9:00pm at least) this fall. What do you think about the latest news?

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