The CW is upping its game with Arrow and The Flash, encouraging viewers to watch both series by crossing characters over, and adding some great guest stars. Talk about good timing; the first Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer barely just dropped, and here’s the CW announcing Luke Skywalker is coming to The Flash. Er…Mark Hamill, who will of course be reprising a completely different role.
Back in the early 90s, CBS had it’s own version of The Flash starring John Wesley Shipp — aka the current Flash series’ Henry Allen — as a slightly more mature (35ish) version of the superhero.
Hey, nice padding!
During its run, Mark Hamill (who’s had an amazing comic TV series run with appearances onThe Incredible Hulk, Spider-Man, Superman, Phantom 2040, Fantastic Four, Birds of Prey etc.) had a multi-episode guest stint as Giovanni Giuseppe aka The Trickster, a role he’ll reprise on CW’s Flash. Hamill, who also voiced the role for the animated Justice League series, will portray the Trickster. In a play on the villain’s dual-identity (alter-ego James Jesse), Hamill’s now-jailed Trickster is helping cops suss out an impostor:
In this new iteration, The Trickster is an anarchist terrorist con man serving a life sentence in Iron Heights who helps Barry (Grant Gustin) and Det. West (Jesse L. Martin) to foil the city-wide attacks of a wannabe Trickster eagerly following in the original’s deadly footsteps.”
A wannabe Trickster or, perhaps Trickster’s minion? If we’re really lucky, maybe there’s a CLONE? However it plays out, I can’t wait to see the 17th episode, which will air in 2015. Flash executive producer Andrew Kreisberg says he’s dreamed of Hamill’s return since the series was first planned; I guess the force was on his side.
In addition to Hamill and John Wesley Shipp, The Flash is bringing back another original star; Amanda Pays will return as Dr. Tina McGee (beginning tomorrow night!).
Now, if we could just get Obi Wan to drop by…