CW’s “Elseworlds” Arrowverse crossover just got over last week and one of the highlights of the event was actor John Wesley Shipp reprising his role as Barry Allen/The Flash from the short-lived 1990 TV series. The Flash. Sadly, Earth-90’s Barry Allen — as he was assigned in the crossover — was removed from existence in an instant by The Monitor leaving fans shocked. And now, it seems like fans may not have seen the last of the hero.
On Monday, a fan named Alan Burk took to Twitter to post their reaction to the second hour of the “Elseworlds” crossover, stating that they loved the Gotham and Batwoman elements of the episode, but Shipp’s Flash wasn’t as impressive. Burke also noted that he felt Shipp was “insultingly underutilized” As many fans have waited for nearly 30 years to see him return and said, “we need more 90s Barry Allen.” It’s a sentiment shared by many, but in this case, Shipp responded and, it’s a response that gives fans a bit of hope.
“Perhaps more will be revealed, you never know,” Shipp wrote. “Thank you!”
☺️ perhaps more will be revealed. you never know. Thank you!
— John Wesley Shipp (@JohnWesleyShipp) 18 December 2018
While Shipp’s Flash coming back to the Arrowverse is something that fans certainly want and it’s also a real possibility. In “Elseworlds”, we don’t get to see the fate of Flash-90 but we know that the rest of the heroes of his world are dead as seen in the introduction to the crossover event, where Shipp’s hero simply got “poofed” away. While the assumption would be that he was sent back to his world to suffer his fate, one should also remember that The Monitor is a very powerful being. With “Crisis on Infinite Earths” coming next year, there’s a chance that he could bring Flash-90 back to help the heroes fight a larger threat.
As for Shipp, it sounds like he’d be up for donning the iconic red suit once again. The actor also stated that the fans’ reaction to his return has made his “heart very full” while speaking with ComicBook.com ahead of “Elseworlds” premiere.
“Watching everybody’s reaction” to his return as The Flash “makes my heart very full,” he said.
“The excitement comes from my colleagues,” he added. “I walked on set in the original suit and Grant said, ‘Man, this is the coolest thing we’ve ever done!’ I’ve never seen this cast as excited as they are for this crossover. Usually I come in after the crossover for the midseason finale, and everybody’s like, ‘Yeah, it was fun, but it was a lot of work.’ This year, everybody is embracing this opportunity. It’s so great, it’s so well-written, it’s so integrated to all three shows and has implications going forward. Everybody’s really excited.”