Trivia: The Flash (2014)

  • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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 Lescher, 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.
  • Development Gag: The use of "Summer Nights" in "Crazy for You" likely came from an on-set antic on Arrow.
  • Exiled from Continuity: Geoff Johns stated that Superman and Batman can't appear on The Flash and Arrow because of the movies in development... for now. Despite this, the pilot has a reference to "Wayne Tech".
  • Fandom Nod: Candice Patton (Iris) acknowledged "Fleddie" (Flash/Eddie) with a picture she took on the set.
  • Fake Nationality:
    • Zimbabwe-born Australian Rick Cosnett plays American Eddie Thawne.
    • Canadian Robie Amell plays American Ronnie Raymond.
    • Canadian Victor Garber plays American Martin Stein.
    • Australian Liam McIntyre plays American Mark Mardon.
    • An odd case with the actress(es) portraying Linda Park, who is Asian-American (specifically of Korean descent - hence the surname). Her initial portrayer was Olivia Cheng, who is Canadian by birth but whose parents are Cantonese-speaking Chinese immigrants. Her second (and permanent) portrayer, 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.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!:
  • Hey, It's That Voice!:
  • 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 Firestorm project.
    • Mark Mardon being still alive.
  • I Want You to Meet an Old Friend of Mine:
    • After Wentworth Miller was cast as Leonard Snart/Captain Cold, he was asked if he could think of anyone for the role of Mick "Heat Wave" Rory; Miller suggested Dominic Purcell, his on-screen brother from Prison Break, and the producers took his suggestion. In fact, Heat Wave's introduction is as a former partner of Snart's. Robert Knepper and Peter Stormare have also appeared on Arrow, with Knepper reprising here as well.
    • Robbie Amell and Victor Garber (both halves of Firestorm) previously starred in The Hunters together.
    • Arrow's penchant for casting Spartacus actors carries over here with Liam McIntyre (the titular Spartacus himself) as Weather Wizard.
    • Jesse L. Martin and Andy Mientus were both on Smash.
  • Jossed: Geoff Johns has stated that the Arrow and Flash shows will not be in the same universe as Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Real-Life Relative: Ronnie Raymond is played by the cousin of Stephen "Arrow" Amell, Robbie Amell.
  • 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 will play the Trickster, his third time in the role.
    • Vito D'Ambrosio, who played Officer Bellows in the 1990 series, plays Mayor Bellows in "Tricksters".
  • Throw It In: Large parts of the Cisco/Wells scene in "Out of Time" were improvised by Carlos Valdes and Tom Cavanagh, such as Cisco crying, and realising he won't survive as soon as Wells shows up.
  • 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.
    • Speaking of which, Andy Mientus auditioned for Barry before being cast as Hartley.