Final 12 months’s Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover redefined the boundaries of the Arrowverse. The DC multiverse because it was identified was destroyed after which reborn throughout the massive conclusion. We witnessed the deaths of numerous these universes immediately (by bizarre Earth-2 the place most dopplegangers had been barely evil variations of our heroes) and a few of them had been immediately reborn/changed (DC’s JSA-focused Stargirl TV sequence takes place on a brand new Earth-2), others similar to Earth-38 (residence of Supergirl) and the unnamed Earth the place the primary three seasons of Black Lightning befell, had been folded into the brand new Earth-Prime, which is the new official home of much of the reconfigured Arrowverse.
Different Earths weren’t so fortunate, although, and their demise got here offscreen with no further clarification of what occurred. One in all these was Earth-3, the house of Jay Garrick, which was wiped from existence by the occasions of the Disaster. Within the comics, Jay Garrick is the original Flash, working throughout the Golden Age of heroes and dealing with the Justice Society of America. However on The Flash TV sequence, he’s the doppelganger of Barry Allen’s father Henry, and a veteran speedster who has been combating crime because the Flash for many years on his personal world. Shipp’s model of Jay Garrick has been presumed lifeless for the reason that occasions of Disaster on Infinite Earths, because the character wasn’t seen throughout or after the occasions of the crossover.
On TV, Garrick is portrayed by John Wesley Shipp, an actor who has been carefully related to varied incarnations of Flash historical past by means of the many years, having performed Barry Allen on the 1990-1991 The Flash TV sequence, Professor Zoom in an episode of Batman: The Courageous and the Daring, Henry Allen on the present The Flash, in addition to Jay Garrick (plus a return to his unique model of Barry Allen for a triumphant ending during Crisis). Whereas talking with Shipp concerning the 30th anniversary of the unique The Flash TV sequence (the place he performed Barry Allen), I requested the actor if he felt like he has mentioned all he has to say with the character.
“I really feel in an excellent place with Barry, the character who pursuits me now’s Jay,” Shipp says. “Having had this lengthy, winding highway with this franchise, I’m an actor who is especially positioned in the intervening time to play Jay Garrick.”