DC’s New Flash Casting Is Perfect For The DCU’s Inevitable Reboot

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  • The Flash: Escape The Midnight Circus introduces Max Greenfield as an inspired choice to voice a more mature, experienced, yet playful Barry Allen.
  • Greenfield’s comedic TV roles showcase his talent for playing characters who toe the line between charming and arrogant, traits that define Barry Allen and Wally West.
  • Max Greenfield’s acting career, including voice acting credits, proves he would be a perfect choice to play the Flash in a live-action reboot of the DC Universe.

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The latest actor to bring the Flash to life seems like an ideal choice for the DC Universe’s new version of Barry Allen. With Ezra Miller’s controversial history, The Flash movie now officially a box office bomb, and James Gunn and Peter Safran’s DC Universe looking to restart the franchise from scratch, a new actor will likely play DC’s new live-action Flash similarly to how David Corenswet will portray a fresh version of Superman with no connections to his DCEU counterpart.

Before Ezra Miller in the DCEU and Grant Gustin in The CW, other A-list actors had been considered for the Flash. First, David S. Goyer’s early drafts for a Flash film had envisioned Ryan Reynolds in the role of Wally West. A few years later, George Miller cast Adam Brody as Barry Allen in Justice League: Mortal, which would have led to an eventual Flash spinoff. Now, after Grant Gustin and Ezra Miller opened the gates for more live-action Flash adaptations, a new actor could offer his own take on the speedster, and the podcast series The Flash: Escape The Midnight Circus could be his first exploration of the character.

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The Flash: Escape The Midnight Circus Shows The Perfect DCU Reboot Casting

Max Greenfield and Ezra Miller as The Flash

The Flash: Escape The Midnight Circus follows Barry Allen as he travels back in time and finds himself trapped in a deadly tournament where he has to rely on his wits rather than the Speed Force to go back to the present day and reunite with Iris West. Released on Apple Podcasts, The Flash: Escape The Midnight Circus features New Girl star Max Greenfield as Barry Allen. Although Greenfield is only voicing the Flash in this series, he seems like an inspired choice for a more mature and experienced, but still playful and charismatic Barry Allen.

At 43, Max Greenfield may seem older than the usual Barry Allen, but Nathan Fillion’s casting as Guy Gardner in Superman: Legacy suggests age may not be a problem for the DC Universe’s actors. Greenfield could play a version of Barry Allen who’s ready to pass on the torch. And after one movie together, Max Greenfield’s Barry Allen and the DC Universe’s Wally West could follow different journeys, with Wally taking the role of DC’s main live-action Flash, who crosses paths with other DC icons throughout the franchise.

Max Greenfield’s Acting Career Proves He Would Be A Perfect DCU Reboot Flash

Max Greenfield as The Flash

Max Greenfield is primarily known for his comedic TV roles. Greenfield rose to fame with his portrayal of Leo D’Amato in Veronica Mars, played Nick Pepper in Ugly Betty, and shared the spotlight with Zooey Deschanel in New Girl, where he played the overconfident yet kindhearted Winston Schmidt. Greenfield has a talent for playing characters who toe the line between charming and arrogant, two of the traits that define both Barry Allen and Wally West.

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Other roles such as Gabriel in American Horror Story: Hotel and American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianna Versace, also showcase Max Greenfield’s acting chops and versatility. His voice acting credits in animated shows such as BoJack Horseman and Tuca & Bertie proved his potential for the starring role in The Flash: Escape The Midnight Circus. However, the 2023 podcast series might only be a small taste of what Max Greenfield has to offer in the role of the Flash.