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Is A Ghostbuster Up For The Role Of Iris West’s Father?

Ernie Hudson may be up for the role of Detective West on Arrow’s Flash spin-off.

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Ernie-Hudson Earlier, a we-knew-it-was-reliable report at Bludhaven Banter suggested that Iris West of Arrow’s Flash spin-off would be African-American, and that her father, Detective West, would be a father figure to Barry Allen, having taken him in after his mother was killed and his father was sent to jail.

Today, folks at Superhero Movies News and ComicBook.com have brought attention to a podcast that recently featured Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters). Titled “Cross The Streams” and posted at GhostbustersNews.com, guest Hudson brought up that he is meeting with the creators of the Flash spin-off next week, and that he has to prepare for it.

When asked about the role he’d be trying out for, he said he was playing “his [Barry’s] adoptive dad… or, the dad of…” before cutting himself off. He did mention that Barry Allen’s actual dad has a problem.

Ernie Hudson has worked in superhero TV before, having played a role on Heroes in 2009. More importantly, he was the voice of Cyborg in the classic Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians series. Additionally, he has portrayed voices in the Superman and Batman animated series of the 1990’s.

You can listen to the podcast here. We wish Ernie Hudson lots of luck with getting the role!

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  1. moviefan

    December 18, 2013 at 10:54 am

    Man I definately like ernie and love to see him join the show. Still don’t know how I feel about race changing west family.

    • Adam

      December 18, 2013 at 5:56 pm

      I know what you mean but at the end of the day it’s not usually a big deal that a character’s race is changed, especially if it’s a secondary character. If Iris West or her family had ever been part of a storyline where being Caucasian mattered, it would be different. Such a scenario would be hard to imagine-the only thing that comes to mind is if she’d had ancestry that HAD to be Caucasian to make sense. It may seem like they’re arbitrarily changing race but it makes sense when you consider that most of these comic book characters were created during a time where white males were marketing to white males and minorities had less civil rights. They have to create diversity somewhere to be marketable in today’s society. As a comic book purist, I’d like them to have to change as little as possible but that’s not the hand the past has dealt us. I’m with you though that I’m a big fan of Ernie Hudson and would enjoy seeing him on the show.

  2. John

    December 18, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    If Erie Hudson plays Iris West father, why does race matter the guy is such a great actor!

    • John

      December 18, 2013 at 6:58 pm

      Ernie

  3. Larry

    January 2, 2014 at 2:21 am

    Great casting but I am more curious to know who is going to play Iris West? and Wally West?

  4. Jose

    January 3, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    Does ANYONE realize that if Iris and her father are African American… Wally West will probably be african american too? Should we wait for Linterna Verde Jaroldo Giordano? an Asian Bruce Wayne? And i Can’t wait for James Kings A.K.A. Blue Beetle… we Flash fans wait two decades for this? or maybe Iris and her dad are going to be killed eventually to make room for another girl also called Iris West… just like happened to Jimmy Olsen in Smallville… killed and years later his little brother was Jimmy Olsen too? wtf ppl… Someone PLEASE talk some sense into the producers or whoever’s in charge!!!!

  5. Joe E Dangerously

    January 5, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    I think it’d be awesome to get Ernie Hudson but I thought of a detail I’d not considered. Will Wally be black too or is he just not in the show? I’d be cool with him just not being there but isn’t Flash II supposed to be the same guy as far as the general public knows? That would be hard to carry off, you know? If Wally/Kid Flash/Flash II isn’t in the show I don’t care what race they are and I’m happy about Ernie Hudson.

    I do hope they recast Linda Park or hire that actress from Arrow to be at least recurring. She could be an interesting character.

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Report: The Flash Temporarily Pauses Production

Deadline is reporting that The Flash has temporarily paused production due to a positive COVID-19 test.

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Deadline is reporting that The Flash production in Vancouver has temporarily paused after someone working on the series has tested positive for COVID-19. Here’s what they had to say about what has happened:

“The asymptomatic diagnosis was confirmed through the rigorous testing protocols implemented by The Flash studio Warner Bros. TV for all of its production employees. Out of an abundance of caution, production on The Flash has been temporarily suspended and contact tracing has been initiated. According to sources, the studio is currently evaluating adjustments to the production schedule in order to resume filming without the affected employee and potential close contacts, who are self-isolating.”

The Deadline piece also noted that The Flash isn’t the only show to shut down production for this reason. Each series that has returned to production has implemented strong safety protocols which involve their casts and crews frequently testing. It is our hope that this team member remains asymptomatic and that everyone stays safe and healthy on The Flash and every other production that has resumed.

The Flash Season 7 is scheduled to premiere February 23 on The CW.

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Flash Season 7 Premiere Date Revealed

The CW has revealed a premiere date for The Flash Season 7.

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We finally have a date for the return of The Flash as The CW has announced a February 23 return for the Scarlet Speedster!

This may seem a bit late, but look at it this way: We’ll have fewer repeats and the show will be paired with the series premiere of Superman & Lois starring Tyler Hoechlin and Elizabeth Tulloch as that other superhero/journalist wife team!

As The Flash Season 7 begins, the show will wrap up the Season 6 storylines that were so rudely interrupted by COVID before taking the Scarlet Speedster (Grant Gustin) on to new journeys.

You can find the full list of CW premiere dates here.

Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) lived a normal life as a perpetually tardy C.S.I. in the Central City Police Department. Barry’s life changed forever when the S.T.A.R. Labs Particle Accelerator exploded, creating a dark-matter lightning storm that struck Barry, bestowing him with super- speed and making him the fastest man alive — The Flash.

After a thrilling cliffhanger last season which saw the new Mirror Master (Efrat Dor) victorious and still-at-large in Central City, The Flash must regroup in order to stop her and find a way to make contact with his missing wife, Iris West-Allen (Candice Patton). With help from the rest of Team Flash, which includes superheroes Caitlin Snow (Danielle Panabaker), Cisco Ramon (Carlos Valdes) and Nash Wells (Tom Cavanagh), as well as the Flash’s adoptive father Joe West (Jesse L. Martin), Meta-Attorney Cecile Horton (Danielle Nicolet), tough cub reporter Allegra Garcia (Kayla Compton) and brilliant tech-nerd Chester P. Runk (Brandon McKnight)… Flash will ultimately defeat Mirror Master. But in doing so, he’ll also unleash an even more powerful and devastating threat on Central City: one that threatens to tear his team—and his marriage—apart.

Based on the characters from DC, THE FLASH is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti (“Arrow,” “Supergirl,” “Riverdale”), Eric Wallace (“Teen Wolf,” “Eureka”) and Sarah Schechter (“Arrow,” “Supergirl,” “Riverdale”).

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Blu-ray Review: The Flash: The Complete Sixth Season

Review of The Flash Season 6 Blu-ray set from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

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The Flash: The Complete Sixth Season is now available on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, and we have been provided with a copy of the set to review on the site!

The set features all 19 episodes of The Flash Season 6 plus extras — the Blu-ray includes all of the Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover!

Here’s what’s up:

Packaging & Design: Starting with this because it’s probably the first thing you’ll notice. The box art for this set has changed since the original press release — the fired Hartley Sawyer’s Ralph Dibny is no longer on the packaging. While I understand the show distancing themselves — Ralph was indeed an important part of Season 6, with his Sue Dearbon story, and I’m not 100% sure how I think they should have handled it. As it is, it looks odd with just the other four members of Team Flash on it. Though, to be fair, Nash Wells isn’t on the cover either.

With that said, The Flash sets usually have some of the best designed packaging and menu art and this set is no exception.

The Episodes: Also seems I am repeating myself but the Blu-ray presentation on The Flash is loads better than what we see on TV and is pretty cinematic. All 19 episodes of Season 6 are here, and — spoiler warning — because of COVID-19, they were cut off at 19 episodes, so that means some storylines aren’t completely wrapped. With that said, this season saw Eric Wallace taking over as showrunner, and with him came a new tactic that he referred to as “graphic novels.” The first “graphic novel” included the character Bloodwork (Sendhil Ramamurthy) as characters are facing death, and the second, after Crisis, dealt with a new “Mirror Master.”

I will say that The Flash under Eric Wallace has a great vision and I love his enthusiasm, which you can actually hear on the “Kiss Kiss Breach Breach” commentary. He’s as big of a geek as we are, and I mean that in the absolute best way. The only thing I’d have to say negative about Season 6 is that the mirror storyline has gone on way too long — and I wonder, if they had known all along that we’d end with 19 episodes (an impossibility, because who would?), it might have been a bit shorter.

This “graphic novel” set-up, however, does offer the chance to binge the season in parts, which is pretty cool, and the Blu-ray bonus disc of all of Crisis on Infinite Earths is a good thing to throw in the middle to tee up Graphic Novel #2.

The other thing I will say about Season 6 is that I really liked some of the new characters that are set up. Chester P. Runk, Sue Dearbon, Kamilla, and Allegra — all fun characters that add to rather than detract from the series.

The Extras: The set includes a bonus black and white noir version of “Kiss Kiss Breach Breach” with commentary by Eric Wallace. Commentaries don’t happen too often these days, so I’m so glad they put something on this set. There is also a gag reel and deleted scenes. And, of course, all of Crisis which has a lot of great Flash content!

Is It Worth It? If you’re a Flash completist or want to see the most recent season in high definition, sure. You might want to start at the very beginning, though. Still, I think The Flash is on its way back to its former glory and Season 6 is the start of that journey. Can’t wait for Season 7, and for now, this set will be revisited often.

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