Two things that the new CW series The Flash has not been ashamed of is calling back to the original 90’s series. They’ve already cast two members of the original roster, including John Wesley Shipp, who played the original Flash in the show, as Barry’s father. Now though, they’re going the extra mile to bring in a bonafide legend to replay the role he did for the show.
In the 90’s version, Mark Hamill straight up played the villain The Trickster, one of Flash’s rogues. Many considered him the best villain from the series. And it was this role that led him to not only becoming The Joker on Batman: The Animated Series, but reprising it for Justice League Unlimited when The Trickster appeared for a Flash-centric episode.
Now, the acting legend is reprising his role once more, but with a twist this time.
“Mark Hamill returns in a brand new interpretation of James Jesse (aka The Trickster), a role he originated on the 90’s ‘Flash’ series. 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.”
Let me be known though that fans aren’t the only ones excited about this…
“Having Mark reprise his role as The Trickster was on our original wish list when we were planning our version of The Flash. 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!” rejoiced Andrew Kreisberg
Hamill will debut in the 17th episode of this season. Be sure to tune in tomorrow for the mid-season finale, and our review shortly afterward!