And John Wesley Shipp's role on The CW's Flash series will be...

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May 27, 2014, 6:47 PM EDT

We've known for a while that the original TV Flash would be joining The CW's new series about the character. But who will he play?

Back in February, The CW announced that John Wesley Shipp -- who played the Flash, Barry Allen, in the one-season CBS Flash series in 1990 -- would join the network's new adventures of Barry Allen as a "mysterious character." Speculation over who Shipp might play -- be it a supervillain or just Barry Allen's dad -- has been ongoing for three months, and now we have finally have an answer from the network. So what's Shipp's role?

Well, as some fans may have already guessed, he'll be Barry's father, Henry Allen.

"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," executive producer Greg Berlanti said in a statement. "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."

According to TV Guide, Henry's story on television will closely resemble his most recent comic-book appearance, in which he was falsely accused of the murder of his wife and Barry's mother, Nora Allen. While dealing with all of his other new superhero problems, Barry will also be working to prove his father's innocence. 

So Shipp's got a recurring role on The Flash that looks like it's got plenty of dramatic promise, and which reflects one of the most important Flash comic-book stories of recent years. Now that we know who Shipp's "mysterious character" is, bring on some villain casting news!

(Via TV Guide)