Trivia / The Flash (2014)

  • Acting for Two: With the introduction of The Multiverse, we have seen several duplicates of characters, naturally played by the same actors. Several actors also played the Speed Force manifesting as their characters. Specifics are:
    • Tom Cavanagh is Acting for nine, two of which are another character impersonating his: the late Dr. Wells (in a flashback), the Reverse-Flash (after taking Wells's face and identity), Everyman (appearing as Thawne), "Harry" Wells from Earth-2, a cowboy from an Unnumbered Earth, an Englishman from Earth-17, a French mime from an Unnumbered Earth, a happy-go-lucky version who calls himself "H.R" from Earth-19, and Iris West disguised as the Earth-19 Wells.
    • John Wesley Shipp is also getting in on this, playing Henry Allen, a literal Remake Cameo of the 90s Flash TV series' Flash, the real Jay Garrick, and the Speed Force manifesting as Henry Allen. Given that Earth-2 Barry's father has yet to show-up, and that the 90s Flash has an Evil Knockoff whom he also played, he is tied in second place to Cavanagh in playing the most characters.
    • In season 3, Tobin Bell provides the voice of Doctor Alchemy as well as Savitar, the god-like entity that Alchemy serves. This is later subverted as Alchemy is simply Savitar himself speaking through someone else.
    • Grant Gustin has played the main Barry Allen/Flash, Everyman disguised as Barry, the Earth-2 version of Barry Allen, Future Barry Allen of 2024, as well as Savitar once he was revealed to be an evil, future version of Barry Allen, tying him with John Wesley Shipp and Candice Patton in second place with most characters.
    • Candice Patton has played the main Iris West, Everyman disguised as Iris, the Earth-2 version of Iris West-Allen, the Speed Force manifestation of Iris, and H.R. Wells disguised as Iris in a Heroic Sacrifice, tying her with John Wesley Shipp and Grant Gustin in second place with most characters.
    • Danielle Panabaker has played the main Caitlin Snow, Everyman disguised as Caitlin, the Earth-2 version of Caitlin aka Killer Frost, and the Speed Force manifestation of Caitlin.
    • Rick Cosnett has played the main Eddie Thawne, Everyman disguised as Eddie, and the Speed Force manifestation of Eddie.
    • Jesse L. Martin has played the main Joe West, the Earth-2 version of Joe, and the Speed Force manifestation of Joe.
    • Robbie Amell has played the main Ronnie Raymond, Martin Stein in Ronnie's body, the Earth-2 version of Ronnie aka Deathstorm, and the Speed Force manifestation of Ronnie.
    • Michelle Harrison has played the main Nora Allen, the Earth-2 version of Nora, and the Speed Force manifestation of Nora.
    • Mark Hamill has played James Jesse/the Trickster, the 90s series version of the Trickster, and the Earth-3 version of the Trickster.
  • Actor Allusion:
  • Casting Gag:
    • Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell being cast as Captain Cold and Heat Wave, the first two members of the Rogues. Miller and Purcell previously starred in Prison Break as brothers and two members of the Fox River 8. On top of that, Captain Cold is the emotionally locked-down mastermind of the Rogues, just as Miller's former role Michael Scofield is the emotionally locked-down mastermind of the Fox River 8, and both Cold and Scofield are incredibly meticulous in their plans, to the point of being Crazy-Prepared.
    • Jesse L. Martin once again plays a detective.
    • Clancy Brown as General Eiling, when one of his best known roles is the similarly sinister Lex Luthor.
      • And in that instance, even voiced the Flash briefly (or, more oddly, voiced by the Flash...).
      • And Eiling ends up being dragged away to his presumed death by Grodd, who Lex killed in the DCAU.
      • Brown had also played Grodd on an episode of Robot Chicken, which pays off when Grodd enslaves Eiling's mind and speaks through him.
    • You can't put the guy from The Tomorrow People in a show like this and not expect him to get superpowers, too.
    • John Wesley Shipp as Henry Allen, Barry's father. Shipp played Barry in the 1990 series, and Professor Zoom in Batman: The Brave and the Bold.
      • Taken further with the reveal that the real Jay Garrick is Henry Allen's Alternate Universe counterpart, meaning that once again, he's playing a version of the Flash.
      • Taken even further he played the first live action version of The Flash and is playing the namesake of the first Flash in comics Jay Garrick.
    • When Eobard Thawne is impersonating Wells, he's played by Tom Cavanagh, who played Eli Stone's father; in his original form, Thawne was played by Matt Letscher, who played Eli's brother Nathan.
    • Emily Kinney, who famously played a character named Beth, plays an Evil Counterpart character to Felicity Smoak, who is played by Emily Bett Rickards.
    • One of Brown's best known roles is Lex Luthor in the DCAU (where Eiling was voiced by the similar-sounding J. K. Simmons).
    • In the Japanese dub, Jun Fukuyama (Barry/The Flash) already voiced another guy able to run really fast, except he was a cyborg.
    • In the French dub, Barry’s voice actor is Alexandre Gillet, who is also known for voicing another iconic, heroic speedster.
    • This isn't the first time Greg Finley played a zombie.
    • Tom Felton playing a guy who's an obnoxious jerk towards the orphaned main character who survived the impossible and prominently displays a lightning bolt symbol? Yeah, never seen that before... Further reinforced in "Monster" when he mentioned he came from a "pretty wealthy family back in England" and "a long line of generations of old money, tradition". Also, turns out he's involved with the Philosopher's Stone.
    • Tobin Bell plays Doctor Alchemy, a supervillain cult leader hidden behind a mask who wants to "help" people reach their full potential.
    • Both Barry and Cisco's actors really started out singing songs with Darren Criss (Grant Gustin on Glee, Carlos Valdes as part of UoM's Team StarKid).
  • The Cast Showoff:
    • Barry sings a few bars of "Summer Nights" in "Crazy For You" after a drunken Caitlin forces him into Karaoke. Grant Gustin sings in real life, starting with a brief stint in a touring production of West Side Story and getting his big break on Glee.
    • Later, Earth-2 Joe is revealed to be a bar singer and gets to sing onscreen. Jesse L. Martin is a Broadway actor renowned for his role in RENT.
  • Creator Backlash: Grant Gustin very much agrees with the fans about Barry's poor decision making throughout Season 3.
  • Development Gag:
    • The use of "Summer Nights" in "Crazy for You" likely came from an on-set antic on Arrow.
    • Rick Cosnett was originally intended to be Jay Garrick but the idea was scrapped as the showrunners decided to retain Garrick as a Badass Grandpa like he is known for. The "younger Jay Garrick" is then used as an important plot point in Season 2. Incidentally, Cosnett's eventual character is essentially a Decomposite Character of the "Jay Garrick" poser's comic counterpart (being the Flash's Friend on the Force).
  • Directed by Cast Member: Tom Cavanagh directed Season 3 episode "The Once and Future Flash".
  • Edited for Syndication: On Netflix, Barry's Opening Narration and the Previously On have been cut for some reason. As a result, the vast majority of Barry's declarations that he is "The Fastest Man Alive" disappear, making the subversions of the catchphrase that still occur in the show proper come off... oddly to first-time binge-watchers.
  • Exiled from Continuity:
  • Fake Nationality:
    • There are a slew of Australian and Canadian actors playing American characters on this show.
      • From the Australian front, we have Rick Cosnett note , Liam McIntyre, Keiynan Lonsdale, and Todd Lasance as Eddie Thawne, Mark Mardon, Wally West, and Edward Clariss, respectively.
      • From the Canadian front, we have Robbie Amell and Victor Garber as Ronnie Raymond and Martin Stein, respectively. Harrison Wells is a possible example as well, as Tom Cavanagh is Canadian, and it's never mentioned whether Wells is American or not.
    • An odd case with the actress(es) portraying Linda Park, who is Korean-American. Her first actress was Olivia Cheng, who is Canadian by birth but whose parents are Cantonese-speaking Chinese immigrants. Her second (and permanent) actress, Malese Jow, is half-Chinese and part-Cherokee... Which gives the implication that Linda has Korean ancestry in the show mixed in with some white background; Jow is Ambiguously Brown enough to pull this off, and nobody is complaining overall.
    • Gambian-English Franz Drameh plays American Jefferson Jackson.
  • Fandom Nod:
  • Fan Nickname:
    • The hidden room of Eobard Thawne is called "the Zoom Room of Doom [and Gloom]." Cisco later dubs it the "time vault."
    • Barry's multiple father figures are "Blackdad" or "Copdad" (Joe), "Jaildad" or "Flashdad" (Henry), and "(Shady/Evil) Science Dad" (Thawne).
    • "STAR-Kids" for the Flash's mostly-youthful support team at STAR Labs (with bonus points because Carlos Valdes, who plays Cisco, was a StarKid).
    • Wellsobard for Eobard Thawne disguised as "Dr. Wells," in order to differentiate him from the real Dr. Wells and the Earth-2 "Harry" Wells.
    • Zoom's lair is called Lian Zoom by some fans.
    • Savitron for Savitar, given his clear visual similarity to Megatron. A less common alternative is Megatron Jr.
    • Following the reveal of Savitar's identity, r/FlashTV and a few other forums quickly dubbed him Barritar (though the nickname was in use as early as March 2017).
  • I Knew It:
    • The man on fire who does not burn up mentioned by Iris in Episode 6 being Ronnie Raymond.
    • Quite a few people were able to guess that "Harrison Wells" is the Reverse-Flash before The Reveal in "The Man in the Yellow Suit" based upon various aspects of the character.
    • The fact that Flash was there when Reverse-Flash killed Nora Allen.
    • General Eiling being involved in the F.I.R.E.S.T.O.R.M. project.
    • Mark Mardon still being alive.
    • General Eiling still being alive.
    • Many fans called Ronnie returning as Deathstorm before it was officially announced.
    • Black Siren's survival was correctly predicted by a number of fans. It helps that her actress, Teddy Sears, and the showrunners inadvertently spoiled it in cons (the latter two) and interviews (the former).
    • Henry Allen's death was (rightfully) predicted the moment he returns after Barry lost his powers to Zoom. Barry's Big "NO!" in the trailer for that episode essentially just sealed it.
    • Zoom being the real identity of "Jay Garrick," given the numerous clues throughout the season like his Earth-1 counterpart having the same name as Zoom's true identity in the comics, or his Adaptational Wimp nature.
    • The man in the iron mask was, as soon as he appeared, theorized to be the real Jay Garrick, which became more likely as we found out the truth behind Zoom. Then when Henry Allen revealed that "Garrick' was his mother's maiden name, the already present theory that he was Henry Allen's doppelganger became so common it was assumed fact before it was revealed.
    • Fans who are familiar with the comics immediately predicted a Flashpoint storyline after the end of Season 2 in which Barry goes back in time to save his mother from the Reverse-Flash. Sure enough, they were right.
    • At the beginning of Season 3, after getting a similar twist twice in a row, people immediately suspected that Alchemy was secretly one of Barry's acquaintances. Julian was the biggest subject, and alas, these suspicions were true. Considering who plays him and the character's first namenote , it's not really a surprise. However, they were not expecting to find this out until the mid-season finale.
    • Many had speculated that the villain of the Musical Episode was going to be the Music Meister from Batman: The Brave and the Bold, voiced by Neil Patrick Harris. The fandom was delighted to find out this theory was correct.
    • Many had speculated that Savitar is future version of Barry Allen, by interpreting his statement "I am the Future Flash" as Savitar literally saying he is a future version of Barry. More attentive fans also noticed how similar Savitar's general appearance was to that of the Future Flash introduced in the New 52 and pointed out the contrast between how Barry's nemesis was a self-proclaimed god when Barry was constantly told throughout the season that he wasn't a god. About half the fanbase had sided with this theory before it was finally confirmed in "I Know Who You Are."
      • Furthermore, quite a few had speculated that Savitar was a time remnant of Barry Allen, which was confirmed in "Cause and Effect".
  • I Want You to Meet an Old Friend of Mine:
  • Jossed:
  • Lying Creator: The producers stated that Zoom's identity will not be Hunter Zolomon, like in the comics. Well... note 
    • They also said that season three was going to be Lighter and Softer than the second. Plots like Caitlin becoming Killer Frost, Iris being stabbed to death, and Barry going to a Bad Future proved that this was complete bull.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor:
    • Behind the scenes and in interviews, it's obvious that Tom Cavanagh is a genuinely lovely guy who is adored by his castmates, as well as an irrepressible goofball. This is a pretty big contrast to the Faux Affably Evil Reverse-Flash.
    • Violett Beane (Jesse) has said that Ryan Handley, the stuntman who plays the menacing Zoom, is actually quite sweet.
    • Michael Ironside (Snart Sr.) has played a truly incredible number of very bad characters, but is easygoing, approachable, and always willing to take the time to mentor younger actors. It's not his fault that he looks like he wants to steal your wallet, kick your dog, and then piss on your car before he walks away. He often relates a story about how a cop once pulled him over for questioning. He wasn't breaking any laws or committing any traffic violations. The cop explained that Ironside just looked like he was up to something.
    • Zoom's true identity is played by Teddy Sears, who is not only rather down to earth and friendly in real life, but actually went on record saying he preferred playing the fake Jay Garrick.
  • Meaningful Release Date: The penultimate episode of Season 2 was released on May 17, 2016, nearly 25 years after the final episode of the previous live-action Flash series aired (May 18, 1991). It's not a coincidence the character played by John Wesley Shipp was killed off. The release of this episode was also 40 daysnote  after the Arrow episode where Laurel Lance died.
  • Meta Casting: Who better to cast Jay Garrick, the very first Flash in the comics? The actor who played the very first Live-Action Adaptation of the Flash.
  • Mutually Fictional: With The Big Bang Theory. Cisco is seen wearing shirts referencing the series, while Sheldon in TBBT can often be seen wearing a Flash shirt.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • Linda Park is played in later appearances by Malese Jow. Previously, she was played by Olivia Cheng in her brief Arrow cameo (which was reused in the Flash pilot).
    • A different actor played Mark Mardon in the pilot before he was reintroduced with Liam McIntyre in the role.
  • The Pete Best: Malese Jow is now more remembered as the Arrowverse's Linda Park than Olivia Cheng. Same goes for Liam McIntyre as Mark Mardon.
  • Playing Against Type: Tom Cavanagh was primarily known for his comedic roles (JD's brother on Scrubs, Ranger Smith in Yogi Bear) or his friendly roles in comedy-dramas (the brother in Gray Matters, the title character in Ed) before getting cast as the mysteriously sinister Dr. Wells. It's made several of his older roles unintentionally unsettling; listening to his podcast Mike & Tom Eat Snacks with Michael Ian Black is weird now. With the introduction of the Jerkass Dr. Wells from Earth-2, we get to see another role where Cavanagh fits this trope.
  • Production Posse:
  • Promoted Fanboy:
    • As executive producer, he's already an authority on the show, but DC writer Geoff Johns is notably a big fan of Captain Cold and co-wrote the episode introducing him. Not surprisingly, he's been the best-received villain in the first four episodes.
    • A number of actors are self-professed fans of the show and have later gone on to have guest roles in it, including both Mark Hamill and Matt Letscher.
    • Renowned comic fanboy Kevin Smith directed the antepenultimate episode of Season Two.
  • Promoted to Opening Titles: Keiynan Lonsdale as Wally West was given a promotion in "Potential Energy."
  • Real-Life Relative:
    • Ronnie Raymond is played by Robbie Amell, the real-life cousin of Stephen Amell.
    • In the Mexican Spanish dub, the Flash and Reverse-Flash's voice actors (Arturo and Mario Castañeda respectively) are son and father respectively.
    • In the German dub, the voice actor for Harrison Wells (Uwe Büschken) is the father of the voice actress for Jesse Wells (Olivia Büschken).
  • Reality Subtext: Season 3 has too much focus on Barry's proposal to Iris. Around the same time in the real world, Grant Gustin got engaged.
  • Recycled Script: The Season 2 Christmas Episode where Weather Wizard, Trickster I, and Captain Cold made a Villain Team-Up (well, the first two anyway) came from a supposed Story Arc in the 1990 Flash series that was unused due to it being canceled. In that script, it's Mirror Master teaming up with Trickster and Cold instead of Mardon.
  • Role Reprisal:
    • Amanda Pays appeared in "The Man In The Yellow Suit" as Tina McGee, the character she played in the 1990 series.
    • Mark Hamill plays the Trickster, his third time in the role.
    • Vito D'Ambrosio, who played Officer Bellows in the 1990 series, plays Mayor Bellows.
    • Alex Desert, who plays Julio Mendez in the 1990 series, plays Captain Julio Mendez (albeit in the Flashpoint timeline).
  • Shout-Out:
  • Throw It In: Large parts of the Cisco/Thawne scene in "Out of Time" were improvised by Carlos Valdes and Tom Cavanagh, such as Cisco crying, and realizing he won't survive as soon as Thawne shows up.
  • Type Casting:
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The twentieth episode of Arrow's second season was originally going to be a Back Door Pilot for a potential spin-off focusing on The Flash. Based on both the strength of Grant Gustin's portrayal of Barry Allen in "The Scientist" and "Three Ghosts" and the fact that using the twentieth episode as a Back Door Pilot would interrupt the show's momentum as it built up to the season finale, the decision was made to make it a standalone pilot.
    • Linda Park's initial appearance was intended to just be an Easter Egg for the fans, before the writers decided to bring her back in a recurring role.
    • An early draft of the pilot revealed that Hartley Rathaway was initially going to still be part of S.T.A.R. Labs when Barry woke up and (presumably) a main character and member of Team Flash — he would also have been the one to design the suit, with the "design for firefighters" aspect due to having dated a fireman in the past. Presumably, this was removed in order to give Cisco a more substantial role in the plot as well as to get a chance to portray Hartley as the Pied Piper without invoking a Face–Heel Turn.
      • The same pilot also originally featured Kyle Nimbus/The Mist as the villain instead of Clyde Mardon, and he (not Ronnie Raymond) would have been the boyfriend/fiance of Caitlin Snow. For her part, Caitlin was originally envisioned as an older scientist (compared to the trio of Barry/Cisco/Hartley) and may have been intended to have a romantic arc with "Harrison Wells"; if true, this probably makes her Season Two romantic arc a case of Recycled Script.
    • Speaking of which, Andy Mientus auditioned for Barry before being cast as Hartley. Other actors who auditioned for Barry were Matt Barr and James Mackay.
    • Mike Kalinowski auditioned for both Barry Allen and Eddie Thawne.
    • David A. Gregory tested for Eddie Thawne.
    • Keiynan Lonsdale originally auditioned to play Jefferson Jackson for Legends of Tomorrow before the showrunners decided to cast him as Wally instead.
    • Before she was cast as Patty Spivot, Shantel VanSanten was one of the actress considered to play Laurel Lance on Arrow when that show was still being conceptualized.
    • Mirror Master and Dr. Alchemy were supposed to show up in Season Two, but for one reason or another never did. They do however show up in Season Three.
    • Rick Cosnett was originally considered to play Jay Garrick, not Eddie Thawne.
    • In the original script for the Pilot, Albert Desmond (one version of Doctor Alchemy in the comics) was featured in a flashback as a kid that Barry was protecting from bullies. This was cut from the aired version of the Pilot, but a version of Desmond did eventually appear in the from of Julian Albert.
  • You All Look Familiar: The actor who played Detective Fred Chyre in the Pilot Episode also played a Villain of the Week in late Arrow Season 1.

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