Portrayed by Luke Wilson, mechanic Pat Dugan plays a major role DC’s Stargirl, which recently finished its 13-episode first season run on DC Universe and The CW. In the series, Pat is the stepfather to protagonist Courtney Whitmore (Brec Bassinger), who takes on the superhero identity of Stargirl. Pat is married to Courtney’s mother Barbara (Amy Smart) and has a biological son, Mike (Trae Romano). On the other hand, he is also Starman’s (Joel McHale) former sidekick Stripsey, who operates the 15-foot robot known as STRIPE in present-day Blue Valley, Nebraska.
The new Stargirl television series has been airing since May, with original comic book creator Geoff Johns serving as showrunner. Courtney Johns, Geoff’s late sister, roots the show in reality. Courtney Whitmore (Brec Bassinger) represents her onscreen.
The first episode of Stargirl has premiered on DC Universe. Read to find out Courageous Nerd‘s initial thoughts on the series.
Ezra Miller played Barry Allen/The Flash in 2017’s Justice League. He appeared alongside other classic DC Comics heroes such as Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman.
In the three years since the film’s release, a solo Flash film has been in development with Miller expected to return. However, various obstacles have prevented the film from getting made. The current scheduled release date is July 1, 2022.
However, concerns around Miller himself have also played a factor in the film’s delay. Namely, his major role in another Warner Bros. franchise, Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, where he plays Credence Barebone.
In early April 2020, a video surfaced of Miller appearing to choke a woman while at a bar in Reykjavik, Iceland.
Should Miller be replaced for any of the above reasons, here are five choices for who could replace him.
1. Grant Gustin
Let’s get this one out of the way.
Gustin has played Barry Allen on television for The CW since 2013. Initially on Arrow and then, the following year, received his own show titled The Flash.
However, multiple factors such as a busy full-time schedule and the fact that the film Flash is set in a different universe, prevent Gustin from taking on the role.
That being said, Gustin is a talented actor who could have taken the part under different circumstances.
2. Lucas Till
Till has been a dream casting for comic book fans of The Flash due to him being an accurate depiction for how Barry Allen appears in this medium.
His previous film work includes X Men: First Class, Hannah Montana: The Movie and Monster Trucks.
Currently, Till plays the lead role of Angus ‘Mac’ McGyver on the reboot of the popular 1985-1992 action-adventure series which starred Richard Dean Anderson.
Like Gustin, Till’s TV commitments would make it unlikely that he would have enough time to do this film.
3. Tye Sheridan
Sheridan has appeared in a number of acclaimed film projects, including Mud (with Matthew McConaughey), Joe (with Nicolas Cage), the X-Men film series (as Scott Summers/Cyclops) and as the lead, Wade Watts/Parzival in Ready Player One.
Interestingly, he starred alongside Miller in the Stanford Prison Experiment.
His age, body of work and experience would make him a top candidate for any major role, including The Flash.
4. Dacre Montgomery
Montgomery recently left the Netflix hit Stranger Things, after his character Billy Hargrove was killed off.
This newfound freedom allows the talented actor to explore opportunities that were not prevously available while contracted to the show.
Australian-born Montgomery has also already made his big screen debut, in 2017’s Power Rangers.
5. Nick Robinson
Robinson is known for his role as Ryder Scanlon on Melissa and Joey and various films including Jurassic World, Love, Simon, The 5th Wave and Kings of Summer.
He already has a somewhat tenuous link to The Flash, having worked with Grant Gustin on the 2017 film Krystal, directed by William H. Macy.
Due to his familiarity as a young star in films and on television, someone in Robinson’s position would be an ideal choice to take on such as iconic role as The Flash.
What do you think of these choices? Who would you pick to play The Flash?
Actor John Wesley Shipp has been a key fixture on CW’s The Flash since it began in 2014. However, Shipp’s journey with the Scarlet Speedster goes back much further.
From 1990-1991, he played the role of Barry Allen/The Flash on a CBS series of the same name. The show ended in the same year that the current TV Barry Allen, Grant Gustin, was born.
Shipp’s co-stars Amanda Pays and Alex Desert have also appeared on Gustin’s Flash, as different versions of their characters although having the same names.
Casual fans of the newer series may even be confused who Shipp is even playing. Much like his co-stars, Shipp has gotten the opportunity to play characters that would not be possible for a series grounded in reality.
To date, Shipp has played three major roles on The Flash. He has played Barry Allen’s father, Henry, since season one and his Earth-3 doppelganger, Jay Garrick/The Flash from the second season finale.
In 2018, Shipp reprised his role as the 1990s-era Flash in the Elseworlds crossover, continuing the following year for Crisis On Infinite Earths.
While the three roles are very different from one another, Shipp brings the same fatherly/mentor-like presence to each of them, especially with Barry Allen.
While these men have different lives, backstories and even names, the similarities are there despite not being on the surface.
The Flash airs Tuesdays on The CW.
Eric Wallace took over as showrunner for CW’s The Flash beginning in its sixth season and by doing so, the show changes as his vision starts to take shape.
In particular, the audience is introduced to new, supporting characters that are not directly affiliated with Team Flash, an element which has not been seen in a long time.
One of these characters is Chester P Runk, played by Brandon McKnight.
Remember back in June, it was announced that The Flash was in the process of casting a ‘socially awkward African-American scientist’? That would be Chester P. Runk.
The character originates in DC Comics as a supporting character during the Wally West Flash era, as a friend to the titular character.
Thus far in season six, McKnight has played the role in two episodes — “Into The Void” (season premiere) and “Licence to Elongate” (episode 6). His previous credits include ‘Friends With Benefits‘.
Another new character this season is Allegra Garcia, played by Kayla Compton in three episodes thus far. She, along with Chester, show unique ways to introduce the ‘meta of the week’.
Allegra also has her beginnings in DC Comics, specifically Titans which was written by now-showrunner of The Flash, Eric Wallace. It makes sense that he would introduce a character that he created, especially when coming from a comic book background.
Compton’s previous credits include ‘Entourage’, ‘Part Timers’ and ‘Making Moves’.
Finally, we have the villainous Ultraviolet – also known as Allegra’s cousin, Esperanza Garcia, portrayed by Alexa Barajas in two episodes – ‘A Flash Of The Lightning’ and ‘Licence to Elongate’.
In DC Comics, Esperanza is actually Allegra’s adoptive mother, rather than her cousin.
Barajas has also appeared in ‘Wayward Pines’ and ‘Charmed‘.
It remains to be seen how many other new faces will be arriving in The Flash during the coming weeks. Especially with the Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover ominously looming in the distance.