The Flash's TV Dad Congratulates Billy Crudup On Being Cast As The Flash's Movie Dad

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John Wesley Shipp, who portrayed Henry Allen and plays his Earth-3 doppelganger (known as Jay Garrick) on The CW's The Flash, gave his support to Billy Crudup (Watchmen), who was recently cast as Barry Allen's ill-fated father in The Flash feature film.

"Billy Crudup is AWESOME actor," John Wesley Shipp tweeted. "Love this choice. Can't wait to see their take on it."

In the comics and The CW television series, Dr. Henry Allen was wrongfully accused and convicted of the murder of Nora Allen, his wife/Barry Allen's mother. However, in the comics, Henry died in prison before his son could clear his name, but in the TV show, he was set free from Iron Heights after Dr. Harrison Wells confessed, on video, to the crime. Sadly, Henry was later killed by the villainous Earth-2 speedster, Zoom.

The Flash movie will be directed by Dope-helmer, Rick Famuyiwa, and star Ezra Miller (Justice League) as The Scarlet Speedster and Kiersey Clemons as his longtime love interest Iris West. It'll run into theaters on March 23rd, 2018.

Blinded by anger, Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) unwittingly plays into Zoom’s game and uncovers the evil speedster’s true goal: to destroy all Earths in the multiverse. In the race of his life, Barry ultimately gets the upper hand against Zoom and defeats his nemesis. But unable to celebrate victory, Barry makes a world-shaking decision and speeds back in time to the night his mother died to stop Reverse Flash from killing her, irrevocably changing his past and redetermining his future.

The cast also features Candice Patton as Iris West, Jesse L. Martin as Detective Joe West, Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow, Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon, and Tom Cavanaugh as Dr. Harrison Wells.

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Based on the characters from DC, THE FLASH is from by Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti (“Arrow,” “Supergirl”), Andrew Kreisberg (“Arrow,” “The Flash”), Sarah Schechter (“Arrow,” “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow”) and Aaron and Todd Helbing (“Black Sails”).

The third season of The Flash will debut on Tuesday, October 4th at 8 p.m. (EST).