The First Flash, John Wesley Shipp, To Reprise Jay Garrick Role On Stargirl
Some glaring absences from the Stargirl series premiere were specific characters known to be members of the Justice Society in DC lore. One of those absences will be filled in the second season of Stargirl, as John Wesley Shipp will reprise his role as Jay Garrick, the Flash of Earth-2. Last seen in the CW crossover event Crisis On Infinite Earths, Shipp will again don the Golden Age outfit of the first character to be called the Flash.
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At the end of that event, they did reveal that Stargirl and her pals were on Earth-2. This means it was different Earth-2 than we’d seen before on The Flash. (Yeah, the DC multiverse can get crazy.) So, this will technically be a new character, and not the same Jay Garrick who became a surrogate father for Grant Gustin’s Barry Allen. Still, it will be A Jay Garrick, and that character will look like John Wesley Shipp, though the Flash may not get face time with Stargirl. The CW says that this will also cement this series into the post-Crisis Arrowverse (or CWVerse). This means that the Justice Society established in the Stargirl season 1 finale could meet the Justice League established on Earth-Prime.
The report of this casting comes from Entertainment Weekly, and they add that the Golden Age Flash will appear in a flashback episode, described as “pivotal.” This means we’ll probably delve into the past activities of the first Justice Society of Earth-2. It also means we could see other classic DC characters like Hawkman or Doctor Fate. At the very least, we’ll see Sylvester Pemberton’s Starman suited-up and in action once again.
Shipp originally played Barry Allen in the 1990 The Flash series on CBS.
Stargirl debuts in 2021 exclusively on The CW.
What do you think? Are you excited to see John Wesley Shipp back as his Jay Garrick version of the Flash in Stargirl?
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