Hey, humans: missing the hefty dose of Mark Hamill that you were treated to in your younger years? Miss no more! In a HitFix exclusive today, it was revealed that Hamill is going to "reprise" his role as James Jesse A.K.A. Trickster, one of the most ground-breaking villains of the 90's Flash TV show. Hammil will cross paths his previous Flash co-star, John Wesley Shipp, who now plays the father of the Flash instead of the hero himself. Check out this clip of them in action:
Trickster served as a pivotal villain in the 90's, and his new role seems to acknowledge that history, which makes me wonder just how connected the two Flash universes are. According to HitFix, Trickster is now "an anarchist terrorist con man serving a life sentence in Iron Heights who helps Barry (Grant Gustin) and Det. West (Jesse L. Martin) to foil the city-wide attacks of a wannabe Trickster eagerly following in the original's deadly footsteps."
So far, it looks as though Hamill is only scheduled to appear once, in the 17th episode of the season, some time in early 2015. But who knows how that might unfold? Hamill's characterization of the colorful, but completely maniacal villain was so very close to The Joker from Batman that Hamill's performance landed him the iconic voice role that we love him for today.
For fans like me, who are eagerly awaiting even the tiniest peek at [Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens](movie:711158), seeing Hamill on the small screen in early 2015 is going to be great. I'm hoping to role plays into the dark, deranged villain that borderlines the joker, but with that physical action by Hamill that we were never given through his performance as The Clown Prince of Crime.
Regardless of how the role goes, it's pretty clear that Hamill is more than comfortable with being a comic book enthusiast and icon. Let's also not forget the parody he did of the Trickster in Kevin Smith's Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back: a lightsword-weilding maniac named 'Cock-Knocker'.
Depending on how Luke's role in The Force Awakens works out, we could easily see Hamill just play a crazy old guy throughout 2015. Needless to say, I'm excited for that.