The big screen Flash casts Barry Allen's father, and it's actually a solid choice

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Sep 9, 2016, 5:46 PM EDT

Warner Bros.' Flash film is rounding out its supporting cast, and it seems a staple of the Barry Allen saga will also turn up in the big-screen version.

Variety reports veteran actor Billy Crudup (Watchmen, Almost Famous, Mission: Impossible III) has signed on to play Barry Allen’s father. In the comics (and The CW’s Flash series), the character of Henry Allen is framed for the death of his wife by a time-traveling villain. No word on how this version will fare, though it’d stand to reason it’ll stay close — it’s a major part of the Barry Allen origin story, after all.

Fans of The CW are almost certainly well aware that the small-screen Henry Allen has been portrayed (quite well) by former 1990s Flash star John Wesley Shipp. So Crudup certainly has some big shoes to fill. But he’s pretty great, and more than capable of doing so. The actor will join Kiersey Clemons, who is signed to play Iris West, and Ezra Miller’s Barry Allen on the cast list. 

The big-screen Flash film is being directed by Rick Famuyiwa (Dope), from a script written by Seth Grahame-Smith (developed from a treatment by Chris Miller and Phil Lord). Production is set to start up later this year, on the way toward a March 16, 2018, release date.

Of course, if you’re jonesing for some super-speed before then, Miller’s Flash will be co-starring in Justice League next year (and also has a brief cameo in Suicide Squad).


(Via Variety)