Rick Cosnett Originally Joined ‘The Flash’ Show As Jay Garrick

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It was revealed today that Rick Cosnett, the actor who portrays Eddie Thawne on The Flash, was originally contracted to play a young Jay Garrick until the writers changed their minds. This information was revealed during a Q&A at Heroes and Villains Fest, along with various other details about the first draft of the show’s pilot.

We know The Flash’s pilot was originally supposed to be a backdoor pilot serving as episode 20 of Arrow’s season 2, but not much else was known about the original plans until now. Today we learned Harley Rathaway (aka Pied Piper) was originally meant to be a part of Team Flash, which he became a part of after Flash’s time travel this past season. Caitlin’s dead fiance was also originally going to be Kyle Nimbus (the villain The Mist) instead of Ronnie Raymond. Nimbus would have been the villain of the pilot, and Caitlin would have been a much older actress. Rick Cosnett would also have appeared as Jay Garrick in this pilot episode.

Sounds like a lot to digest, but overall I like the direction the show ended up going in. That pilot would likely have been a bit overstuffed, and season one of The Flash was really good so any changes may have sacrificed that.

Source: ArrowVerse

Leon Brill

Leon Brill

Leon Brill is a staff writer for Heroic Hollywood, superhero/comic enthusiast, gamer, and film lover.

  • Joey Wabi-Sabi

    I was hoping Eddie Thawne was going to be the real Jay Garrick in Season 2 (the man in the Iron Mask). It would have been a cool way to bring back Rick Cosnett for the finale. I’m very much ok with Barry’s dad being Garrick, but I would have enjoyed it a lot more if it was an actual surprise. Instead, they decided to give away the big reveal in such an obvious way a few episodes earlier (when Henry Allen says his mother’s maiden name was Garrick). That was completely unnecessary. It could have been easily explained in the finale and would have made for a huge satisfying surprise (especially since my money was on Eddie being in that mask the whole time). Anyways, bring back Rick Cosnett already!

  • DoYouFeelInCharge?

    Flashpoint and two big bads this season, so hyped for the premiere!

  • Darthmanwe

    Aww, he’d be an awesome Garrick. Too bad. Well ,he’s working as an actor consistently, so all the more power to him.