Mark Hamill To Play Trickster

Mark Hamill will play the Trickster on The CW's The Flash series, reprising the same role he played during in the 90's Flash series on CBS.

As HitFix reported, Hamill will debut as the Trickster—a.k.a. James Jesse—on this season’s 17th episode, which will fall somewhere in Spring 2015. But Hamill’s new Trickster will be slightly different from the goofy prankster who teased John Wesley Shipp’s Flash during the 90’s series.

As the CW officially described the character:

“In this new iteration, The Trickster is an anarchist terrorist con man serving a life sentence in Iron Heights who helps Barry (Grant Gustin) and Det. West (Jesse L. Martin) to foil the city-wide attacks of a wannabe Trickster eagerly following in the original's deadly footsteps. The episode will reunite him with John Wesley Shipp who went up against him as the original 'Flash' on the CBS version."

Hamill will be the third actor to appear on both the original Flash series and the current iteration. John Wesley Shipp, who played Barry Allen and the Flash on CBS’ series, currently plays Barry Allen’s father. And Amanda Pays will make her Flash reunion in this week’s episode, “The Man in the Yellow Suit” in a reprisal of her Dr. Tina McGee character.

"Having Mark reprise his role as The Trickster was on our original wish list when we were planning our version of The Flash,” Flash Executive Producer Andrew Kreisberg told HitFix. “Christmas and Chanukah came early for us this year when he said yes! We are beyond humbled and excited to have him joining us for another round of deadly trickery!"

Hamill, of course, is also known for his iconic performance as Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars trilogy, and will return to the role in next year’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens. He was also the voice of the Joker in the DC Animated Universe and the first two "Batman: Arkham Asylum" video games.

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    • DSniner
    • 1240 Posts in 24 Months

    As a fan of the 90's Flash,this sounds cool and interesting.Bring on Mark Hamill.Should be fun.

  1. It's actually Hamill's third show as The Trickster. He also voiced the character in an episode of Justice League Unlimited.

  2. As game as I am for this news, that sounds like the wrong way to do Trickster. Do what JLU did: make him the lame supervillain that's trying way hard to be one of the greats. Make it more of a "I gotta stop this guy before he hurts himself" than the usual bad guy. Make him the first Flash villain to name himself. I want a scene of Flash talking Trickster down, something like "Flash and Substance". The kind of comic relief you empathize with.

    Anarchist terrorist just sounds like Anarchy, and they might as well just use him instead. 

  3. All for it got the original series on dvd and loving the reunion of watching the campy villians, now where is nighthawk. The character with the knockout darts.

    • LocalMan
    • 46 Posts in 22 Months

    I am really enjoying The Flash, and I like and appreciate the links to the show in the 1990s (which was cancelled way too early).  The Trickster was always a lame villain, but so were many of the Flash's opponents.  This show has done a good job at taking silly foes and turning them into something actually menacing.  I'm looking forward to seeing Hamill reprise a new version of his old silly character.Hamill was phenominally good as the voice of the Joker.  If he can bring that same level of menace to this new version of the Trickster, it's going to be good.While this show has fallen back on some super hero tropes, the acting has been quite good, and I expect that the show's plots will improve over time, just as Arrow has.

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