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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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New CW Head Throws Shade At The Flash

New CW President Brad Schwartz has thrown shade at The Flash while propping up another series.

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New CW Entertainment President Brad Schwartz today threw some shade at The Flash when propping up one of The CW’s better new performers, Wild Cards, when doing an interview with Deadline.

“You’ll probably be hearing more announcements from us very soon,” he said. “That show did great. It grew 10% versus what The Flash did in the same spot the year before. So, here we are beating shows that everyone’s very romantic about. We’d very much like to renew that one.”

Obviously, this is to show that Canadian imports perform better than more expensive fare… but might it be considered that The Flash was a show in its ninth season – a time when new audiences might not be interested in jumping on to series? Or, perhaps that portions of The Flash fandom had moved on, with no interest in The Cecile Show? Finally, The Flash Season 9 mostly aired at a time where producers and/or cast were unable to promote it, during the 2023 strikes, which makes the comparison very unfair.

Wild Cards is a fun series, but there’s no reason to denigrate The Flash or the superhero shows that made The CW great. Hopefully this was just a wild misunderstanding of his quote. The fact of the matter is: Sometimes more expensive fare is worth investing in. Especially considering how Schwartz hypes up the new season of Superman & Lois, that should be known to the new people in charge of The CW.

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Flash Cast Member Returns for the Superman & Lois Finale

A major actor from The Flash will be playing a role in the series finale of Superman & Lois.

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A major cast member from The Flash will be appearing in the series finale of Superman & Lois.

No, it’s not Grant Gustin, sadly… the actor in question is Tom Cavanagh, the actor who brought us infinite Wells variants. Cavanagh revealed this recently at a convention, where he talked about how he usually enjoyed directing season finales for the show, but was unable to in this case because Gregory Smith had already signed on to direct the Superman & Lois finale.

Superman & Lois showrunner Todd Helbing, who had also worked with Cavanagh before on The Flash and recruited him to direct the series’ 100th episode among others, instead suggested he has a role in the finale.

No word yet on what that role might be. As Superman & Lois is at a different spot in the multiverse, it doesn’t necessarily even have to be a version of Harrison Wells or Eobard Thawne. It could serve as a good closer, though, to the Arrowverse in general, as Superman & Lois is the last gasp for that world on The CW. In any event, you can see video of Cavanagh speaking about this (and more) at our Superman & Lois portal, KryptonSite.

The final season of Superman & Lois premieres this Fall on The CW.

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Flash Missing: Vanishes In Crisis, April 25, 2024

The “Flash Missing: Vanishes in Crisis” headline in the Flash TV series pilot was dated April 25, 2024.

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While events of the series would ultimately speed up the timeline, Flash fans surely remember the final moments of the pilot episode of the Grant Gustin-led series where we see a Central City Citizen newspaper graphic announcing “Flash Missing, Vanishes In Crisis.” The date of that article? April 25, 2024.

Which happens to be… today.

When The Flash premiered in 2014, one might have expected that April 25, 2024 might be the right time for the final episode of a 10-year run… of course, as we saw, the Crisis happened a few years earlier, The Flash ended in 2023 instead, and it all might have been a good thing, considering how strikes and pandemics got in the show’s way. Still, it’s fun to think about, and it’s fun to remember that fantastic rush we had after the end of watching such an excellent premiere. And hey – not only did we get nine seasons of the show, but we also had a bad Flash movie that the series was far superior to, even in its worst moments. Win-win!

Ride the lightning, everyone.

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