Jay Garrick may not have been around much in “The Flash” Season 3 so far, but all that’s about to change. According to John Wesley Shipp, who plays the Golden Age speedster, Jay will become a bigger part of the season as it moves into its back half.
When asked whether or not we’d see the show expand on the mistakes Jay told Barry Allen he made when he was a young speedster, Shipp told CBR, “Well, those hints keep being dropped. I mean, it’s very interesting to me, and I’m going to figure in more prominently in the second half of the season than the first. You just asked one of my questions, because nothing is wasted, I think we’ve seen in this show. So anytime something like that is dropped — and there’s more of it tomorrow night! — there are more… As I said, I’m most involved in this episode than any episode I’ve done on this show so far. So we get to see Jay dealing with this young speedster, we get to see his reaction to Savitar, and there really are some curious things that Jay says that make me, John, wonder, ‘Okay, what’s coming?'”
He also weighed in on the idea of playing a legacy character, saying, “Clearly, we’re in a legacy period. Superman is on ‘Supergirl,’ you’ve got Golden Age Flash… One thing I love about the comic universe is the legacy and the lineage and — to be part of that group as an actor who played Barry 25 years ago, and now as Golden Age Flash, and seeing it from a whole different perspective — is quite unique.”
Shipp certainly isn’t the only DCTV alum to be honored on the latest iteration of his character. Likewise, Christopher Reeve and Margot Fisher both appeared on “Smallville,” while Helen Slater and Dean Cain appear regularly on “Supergirl.” However, it seems that Shipp — who played Barry Allen in the 1990s “Flash” series — could play an even more prominent role than any of the stars listed above.
For the full interview with John Wesley Shipp, check back with CBR tomorrow.
Starring Grant Gustin as the Scarlet Speedster, “The Flash” airs Tuesdays at 8 pm ET/PT on The CW. The series also stars Jesse L. Martin, Tom Cavanagh, Carlos Valdes, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Keiynan Lonsdale and more.
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