The CW’s new take on “The Flash” has been enjoying bringing back various cast members from the 1990s TV series. John Wesley Shipp has been in the new show since the pilot, playing the father of the current Barry Allen (Grant Gustin). In a recent episode, Amanda Pays returned to reprise the role of Dr. Tina McGee albeit a somewhat frostier version of the character.
Word came the other week though of an unexpected return – Mark Hamill as the villain The Trickster. Hamill took on the role of the colorful baddie in the CBS series, and is again reprising the role here albeit in a very different way. According to reports, he’ll play a long incarcerated version of the villain whose help is sought when a copycat takes up his former criminal identity.
Recently talking with IGN, Hamill is as surprised as anyone he got the call to return:
“Well listen, it’s really in the embryonic stages. We discussed it over the phone. I like these guys, what they’ve already done with the show. I’m a fan. I had watched all seven or eight episodes that they had at the time. When they asked me to be a part of it, the last thing I was thinking was that I would be returning to that specific role, but I think you’re going to be really pleased with what they’ve come up with. It was totally unexpected.”
Hamill also compared this to his recent job of returning to the role of Luke Skywalker in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”:
“I said this before [about Luke Skywalker]. It’s like putting on an old pair of pants in the back of the closet and finding out there’s a 20 dollar bill in the pocket. It’s like ‘Oh, wow! I forgot all about this!’ And it’s more enjoyable because it’s so unexpected.”
It’s expected Hamill will appear sometime late in the second half of the current first season of “The Flash”. The show returns from its mid-season break on January 20th.