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Hey, It's That Voice!: In "The New Adventures of Flash Gordon" (1979-1980) by Filmation, Flash Gordon himself was voiced by Robert Ridgely. Who is also known to fans for playing Tarzan, Thundarr the Barbarian, Kraven the Hunter, General Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross, and Rex Charger.
Dale Arden was voiced by Diane Pershing. Who also played Pearl Pureheart, Crystal Kane, Netossa and Spinnerella, and Poison Ivy/Pamela Isley.
Ming the Merciless was voiced by Alan Oppenheimer. Who also played Mighty Mouse, Battle Cat/Cringer, Man-At-Arms/Duncan, Skeletor, Mer-Man, Beachcomber, Seaspray, Warpath, Professor Amadeus Sharp, Vanity Smurf, Jonathan Kent, Uatu the Watcher, and Firelord.
Princess Aura was voiced by Melendy Britt. Who also played Batgirl/Barbara Gordon, Catwoman, She-Ra/Princess Adora and Catra.
What Could Have Been: George Lucas tried to get the rights to Flash Gordon to make his own movie. When blocked by Dino DeLaurentiis, Lucas decided to make his own space adventure series.
Americans Hate Tingle: The movie didn't do great in the US, but it was a mega hit in Great Britain. So much so that it's considered a classic there.
Beam Me Up, Scotty!: Ming never actually says "Pathetic earthlings, who will save you now?" Except in the trailer.
Ming does say "Pathetic earthlings", a lot. (ie. "Pathetic earthlings, hurling yourself out into the void...")
Doing It for the Art: Playing Vultan was BRIAN BLESSED's lifelong dream.
Hey, It's That Guy!: Yes, it's an All-Star Cast (including BRIAN BLESSED), but Deep Roy is Aura's valet and Riff-Raff is Barin's dragon Fico.
note Promoted Fanboy: BRIAN BLESSED has admitted in interviews that when he and his brother used to play a game based on the TV series he always wanted to be Vultan. Decades later he got to play the same childhood game on the big screen.
Stillborn Franchise: The actors signed up for a trilogy of films a la , and there was a spinoff children's TV show.
Star Wars Throw It In: Flash jumping into the camera screaming "YEAH!" was an improvisation by Sam Jones, as nobody could figure out how to end the movie.
Vindicated by Cable
What Could Have Been: All actors were signed for three movies, but problems with star Sam J. Jones during post-production (which led to Same Language Dub) pretty much killed the trilogy.
The first draft of the script had, among other things, no Kala, Klytus being psychic, a Tiger Man aiding Flash, Ming having a group of Amazon warriors, and a proper swordfight between Flash and Ming.
Directors considered for this film included Federico Fellini and Nicholas Roeg.
The 2007 series: