Trivia / The Flash (2014)

  • Acting for Two: With the introduction of Earth 2, we have seen several duplicates of characters, naturally played by the same actors. In fact, Tom Cavanagh is Acting for Four: the late Dr. Wells (in a flashback), the Reverse-Flash (after taking Wells's face and identity), Everyman (appearing as Thawne), and "Harry" Wells from Earth 2.
    • Ditto for Teddy Sears. He plays Hunter Zolomon from Earth 1, Earth 2, and his own time remnant.
    • John Wesley Shipp is also getting in on this, playing Henry Allen, the cameo of the 90s Flash TV series' Flash, and the real Jay Garrick. 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 may break Cavanagh's record when said character finally appears.
  • 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.
    • 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.
    • This isn't the first time Greg Finley played a zombie.
  • 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.
  • Dawson Casting: Keiynan Lonsdale is a couple of years older than both Grant Gustin and Candice Patton, yet plays the teenage Wally West
  • Development Gag: The use of "Summer Nights" in "Crazy for You" likely came from an on-set antic on Arrow.
  • 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:
    • Zimbabwe-born Australian Rick Cosnett plays American Eddie Thawne.
    • Canadian Robbie 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 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.
    • Australian Keiynan Lonsdale plays Wally West.
    • Gambian-English Franz Drameh plays American Jefferson Jackson
    • A possible example with Harrison Wells. Tom Cavanagh is Canadian, and it's never mentioned whether Wells is American or not.
  • 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.
  • 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 being still alive.
    • General Eiling being still alive.
    • Many fans called Ronnie returning as Deathstorm before it was officially announced.
    • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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 days note  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.
  • 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 Series Regular:
  • Real-Life Relative:
    • Ronnie Raymond is played by the cousin of Stephen "Arrow" Amell, Robbie 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)
  • 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 in "Tricksters."
    • In the Japanese dub, Jun Fukuyama (Barry/The Flash) and Satoshi Hino (Oliver Queen) reprise their respective roles from the dub of Arrow.
  • 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.
  • 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. 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 suppose to show up in Season Two, but for one reason or another never did. They will however show up in Season Three.
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