When the CW unveils its spin-off from 'Arrow' - 'The Flash' - the first televersion of the Scarlet Speedster will be on board the project as well.
John Wesley Shipp played Barry Allen and his alter-ego the Flash in the CBS series back in the 1990s. But this time around, we don't know whom he will be playing; it's all a big mystery. But it won't be a one-shot guest appearance to give the show some sort of blessing with the passing of the torch. (Not The Torch.)
Shipp will be a recurring guest star should the series gets an official pick-up to a full run.
I've seen suggestions online that he'll be playing Jay Garrick from the comic books who was the first Flash during the WWII era and considered a citizen of "Earth 2".
For Toobworld, the new Flash will already be in an alternate TV dimension. So if Shipp is playing Garrick, then he's from an extension of that dimension more than from an off-shoot from Earth Prime-Time.
Well, the casting news did serve its purpose - I can't be the only one who will now be watching after all, just to find out the secret behind John Wesley Shipp's character....