The Flash shoots scenes for episode 309 with Grant Gustin, John Wesley Shipp and Star Wars legend Mark Hamill
THIS BLOG POST IS ABOUT "THE FLASH" EPISODE 309. If you have not seen this episode & dont want to see possible spoilers from the episode, do not continue reading or viewing the photos.
The next episode of The Flash will be the 9th episode of the 3rd season..... which means the shows 3rd annual appearance of Mark Hamill. This seasons appearance by the Star Wars legend & 1990s The Flash guest star will see his James Jesse character looking a little bit different than usual.
The Flash shot scenes for this episode with Hamill on set in downtown in Vancouver. Also on set was Grant Gustin as the shows lead character, Barry Allen aka The Flash. But also on set this time was John Wesley Shipp as Jay Garrick aka The Flash on earth 3. More importantly, he was ALSO in the 1990s version of The Flash.... as the shows version of The Flash.
Despite some exceptionally aggressive efforts from the crew to block the scene from being seen by the public on the VERY public & busy corner of Burrard they chose to shoot it on.. I still managed a few shots. On this day we saw James Jesse shoot scenes with purple hair & his face painted up, he was walking out of a bank with bags (probably full of money). Then he drops the bags, and pulls out a tommy gun and seemingly shoots it at someone/somewhere that was off camera. Eventually they did a scene where Jay comes in and apprehends James. A little while later they did a scene where James is taken away to a Police van while Jay stands around and eventually is joined by Barry. A scene with the two Flashes just chatting was next.
Just before they went on lunch break, director Kevin Smith showed up on set to say hi to some of the cast & crew that he had worked with in the past. Smith was in town working on Supergirl at the time.
I know a lot of blogging sites, and even a "news" site commented on this shoot. The big question being "is Mark Hamill playing "the Joker" in this episode?" Of course James Jesse is better known to Flash fans as "The Trickster" but it was clear from his entire ensemble, he didnt look like the regular Trickster we are used to. Since Hamill is also known as "the voice of The Joker" to many for his work voicing the iconic DC character in a a plethora of projects going back to the early 90s, a lot of fans jumped to this assumption. However I dont think The Flash writers would have gotten the ok to use that characters name with the character currently being in use by the movie portion of DC. A more probable role is "the Jokester" who IS another DC character with some similiarities to the iconic Joker, and even is from Earth 3 and has purple hair. Speaking of that hair... Mark Hamill didnt cheap out & have the wardrobe department concoct a wig for him, he actually dyed his hair purple as I found out the next day when I caught up to Mr. Hamill leaving town & noticed the purpleish locks poking out from under his togue while he was signing autographs for some of us.
The Flash airs on Tuesday nights oN The CW in the U.S. and on CTV in Canada. This episode will be on next week December 6, 2016.
You can find our other BTS posts on The Flash filming HERE. You can find our autographs from the stars of the show HERE.
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The Flash is a superhero TV program on The CW network.