John Wesley Shipp to Reprise 1990's The Flash for Arrowverse Crossover "Elseworlds"

Cue the Danny Elfman theme music!

Entertainment Weekly has word that actor John Wesley Shipp will reprise his 1990-91 character of The Flash on the upcoming fifth annual CW Arrowverse crossover event "Elseworlds."  

Arrow star Stephen Amell posted a behind-the-scenes image on his official Twitter account, showing Shipp as the 1990 Flash alongside himself as an Elseworlds version of Grant Gustin's current Flash, Gustin as an Elseworlds version of Amell's current Green Arrow, and Melissa Benoist as Supergirl.

Shipp, 63, previously played The Flash/Barry Allen in the short-lived CBS series The Flash that aired for one season of 22 episodes before being cancelled.  He returned for The CW's 2014 version of The Flash, this time playing Barry Allen's father Henry Allen until the character was killed off in the Season 2 finale, "The Race of His Life".   Shipp took on the recurring role of Jay Garrick, the Earth-3 version of The Flash and the original DC Comics Flash, with the Season 2 episode "Welcome to Earth-2", although his identity as the Earth-3 version of Henry Allen wasn't revealed until the Season 2 finale.

Former Arrow showrunner Marc Guggenheim, who is overseeing the crossover, shared another image of Shipp in costume and revealed that the suit was made by the 2014 Flash‘s costume designer, Kate Main.
The three-night event will also introduce Ruby Rose as Batwoman, Elizabeth Tulloch as Lois Lane, Cassandra Jean Amell as Nora Fries, and LaMonica Garrett as the Monitor.  In addition, Tyler Hoechlin will reprise his Arrowverse character of Superman.

"Elseworlds" begins Sunday, December 9th, with The Flash at 8 p.m. EST, then continues Monday, December 10th at 8 p.m. with Arrow, and concludes on Tuesday, December 11th at 8 p.m. with Supergirl.

Posted on October 23, 2018 .