Ron Livingston has been chosen to fill the role of Dr. Henry Allen in Andy Muschietti’s The Flash.
Executive producers have replaced Billy Crudup, who portrayed Barry’s father in Justice League, with Ron Livingston. He will also be joined by actress Maribel Verdu as Nora Allen, Barry’s ill-fated mother. Another recent addition to the cast will be Sasha Calle of ABC’s The Young And The Restless as Kara Zor-El aka Supergirl. Ian Loh will portray a young Barry Allen, the adult version reprised once again by Ezra Miller. Michael Keaton has been long attached to the film to reprise his 1980s version of Batman (albeit recently reported hesitant because of COVID=19). Ben Affleck will reprise his version of Bruce Wayne in the film, serving as Barry Allen’s mentor.
“The Flash” – What is Livingston Known For? What is The Plot?
Livingston himself is known for previous credits on Office Space, Boardwalk Empire, The Conjuring, Loudermilk, and Adaptation. Crudup is leaving the project due to scheduling conflicts with his commitments to Apple TV Plus’s drama, The Morning Show.
The film will be loosely based on the 2011 comic miniseries Flashpoint. The Fastest Man Alive speeds back in time to prevent his mother’s murder, but creates a paradox that alters the timeline. The series served as springboard for DC’s reboot of their line of superheroes known as The New 52. The story was adapted for the small screen for the third season of the popular CW series. It was more faithfully adapted in the animated film Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox. The film is the DCEU’s entry into the DC Multiverse, which validates every big screen and small screen versions of the DC superheroes as canon. Miller has already kicked the door open with his minor cameo in the penultimate chapter of The CW’s Crisis on Infinite Earths in which he met Grant Gustin’s Barry Allen in The Speed Force.
After Crudup, Livingston will be the fourth actor to portray Henry Allen. The character was first performed by M. Emmett Walsh on CBS’s short-lived 1990 Flash series, which starred John Wesley Shipp as Barry Allen. Shipp would then portray Henry himself for the first two years of The CW series.
The film is scheduled to debut in theaters November 4th, 2022.