Despite rumors to the contrary, The Flash movie seems to be stepping heavily on territory explored by the TV show

As stupid as it is for Warner Bros. to pursue a standalone Flash movie completely separate from the hit television series, that is still their plan, and the production is zooming forward rapidly (pun intended). Ezra Miller will star as Barry Allen/The Flash, a role he briefly played in last month’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and will reprise in next year’s Justice League movie. The Flash film is currently slated for release on March 16, 2018.

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Now, Heroic Hollywood has gotten their hands on a casting sheet for The Flash movie and it includes five characters who will be immediately recognizable to fans of The CW television series. They warn that casting calls are often put out for a specific type — not necessarily the role listed — but in this case it seems likely these are real roles.

Here’s the breakdown, as described by Heroic Hollywood:

Iris West
Iris West is described in the breakdown as having Christiane Amanpour’s brains and Carrie Bradshaw’s style. An overcaffinated doe. A reporter at The Central City Citizen. Actresses are currently testing for this part.

Eobard Thawne
Eobard Thawne is described in the breakdown as Central City’s Bill Gates. The smartest man in the room and he suffers from advanced degenerative disease like Stephen Hawking. Thawne is confined to a chair.

Fred Chyre
Fred Chyre is described in the breakdown as a gruff detective who first meets Barry at the scene of a crime. Now they’re colleagues and the closest thing Barry has to a friend. Chryre is investigating the unusual death of someone at Thawne Laboratories.

Len Snart
Len Snart is described in the breakdown as being ex-military and turns out to be working for Thawne. Have a feeling he is the muscle the way Anatoli Knyazev (aka the KGBEAST) was the muscle for Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice.

Jay Garrick
Jay Garrick is described in the breakdown as being a former Central University professor who was fired for fringe science, and was working on the speed force program. Supposedly his role is just a cameo.

Previous reports had indicated that The Flash movie would attempt to steer clear of the storylines covered by the television show, but with these five characters it seems likely we’ll be seeing some familiar material re-imagined on the big screen. All of which makes the entire enterprise just that more ridiculous.

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