We haven't seen the last of Jay Garrick in the ArrowVerse. Actor John Wesley Shipp has revealed that he will be reprising his role as the DC Comics hero in The Flash season 7. That raises questions about what happened to him in the aftermath of the Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover but it seems, at the very least, he survived.
John Wesley Shipp originally played Barry Allen in The Flash TV show in the 90s. He was later brought back to reprise his role as the Scarlet Speedster in the ArrowVerse, albeit the Jay Garrick version of the character, who was the original man behind the mask. During a recent interview, Shipp confirmed that the plan is to bring Jay back. Here's what he had to say about it.
"I know Jay Garrick is coming back to the CW show, but they were supposed to be at a further point in the story. They didn't get to play out the end of season six... so they've got to tie up some things. [The Flash showrunner] Eric Wallace has said that he does want to talk to me about some ideas about Jay Garrick going forward."
Crisis on Infinite Earths reshaped the ArrowVerse as fans know it. Among the many changes that occurred in the finale, Earth-3 was destroyed. That just so happened to be the Earth that Jay Garrick called home. So how did he survive the destruction? That remains to be seen. John Wesley Shipp had this to say on that topic.
"We know that Joan (Williams-Garrick) and Jay are on Earth Prime. We'll see what they come up with. My experience with this group is that they've given you every reason to have faith that whatever they come up with is going to be interesting and you're going to want to play it."
With Arrow ending The Flash is now the longest-running DC show on The CW. Grant Gustin will be back as Barry Allen for at least one more season. John Wesley Shipp also talked about his relationship with the character of Barry Allen, having previously played him.
"I feel in a good place with Barry, the character who interests me now is Jay. Having had this long, winding road with this franchise, I'm an actor who is particularly placed at the moment to play Jay Garrick."
We were offered a look at The Flash season 7 during DC FanDome over the summer. The show will have to pick up with what would have originally been the conclusion of season 6. The production shutdown that hit Hollywood earlier this year forced the network to end last season early. Filming is expected to resume soon. Season 7 does not yet have a premiere date set but the show is expected to return in early 2021, alongside the rest of The CW's DC shows. We'll be sure to keep you posted as further details are made available. This news comes to us via Den of Geek.