A new The Flash trailer hit previewing the next month’s array of villains that start with tonight’s episode. Among them is Mark Hamill reprising a role he played in the 1990’s television series The Flash: Trickster. While looking this up, I realized that the previous Flash was played by John Wesley Shipp, who currently plays Barry Allen’s father. Nice bit of cameo casting there.
Here are screenshots from the trailer showing Hamill as the Trickster.
First, Hamill looking very The Empire Strikes Back era. Perhaps this is a flashback to earlier years? They’ve done a nice job with his hair and shadowing to give the illusion of youth. Alternatively, it is a heavily shadowed shot to suggest imminent DOOM from Trickster escape/release from prison.
Next one shows a current era Trickster. His hair is severely cut and messily styled to suggest a touch of madness. Though his coat is dark, the shirt underneath shows the parti-colored design of a jester, or, ahem, trickster figure.
These two shots come from what appear to be files (and clips) from the Trickster’s arrest in the 90’s. Nice bit of work actually using footage from the original show in the news articles the current team accesses.
And here’s a classic manic look from Hamill. Although he’s best known for Luke Skywalker, a character devoid of mania, his voice work as The Joker takes a close second and combined with Trickster show his gift for loose cannon criminals. Hamill parodied his own panache for manic villains in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back’s Cocknocker. Be warned, the clip is NSFW.