The Flash is gearing up for its fifth season, but is it gearing up for another appearance from Mark Hamill's The Trickster? While the villain made his debut in Season 1 and appeared a few times since then, it has been a while since fans have caught a glimpse of The Trickster. Well, The Flash's showrunner, Todd Helbing, has provided an update on the possibility of his return. In doing so, Helbing also reminded fans of the connection that exists between The Flash, Hamill, and another series. Helbing said:
We always want to get Mark Hamill back, but my brother [Aaron Helbing] stole him for [History']s Knightfall. We'll see what happens. We may to have to arm wrestle for him!
One brother's loss is another brother's gain. It may not be the answer fans of Mark Hamill's scene-stealing villain The Trickster want to hear, but it is nevertheless the situation at hand. One crucial part of Todd Helbing's answer to TVLine regarding a Mark Hamill reprisal is that he does want it to happen. With the strong possibility that The Flash could zoom towards a sixth season following its latest, it stands to reason that Hamill could eventually reprise the role, either in an upcoming season or sometime before the end of Season 5.
Hopefully, the brothers can work something out, and, given that they have a strong working relationship, there is compelling reason to believe they can. Aaron and Todd Helbing have worked on The Flash together as co-showrunners before the former took a new job. Back in August, it was announced that Aaron Helbing would be taking over as the series showrunner for Knightfall in Season 2.
Mark Hamill joined the cast of the medieval drama in a crucial new role. Thus pumping the breaks on his returning as The Trickster. Hamill's most recent appearance as the character was in Season 3, Episode 9 of The Flash in 2016. It does not sound as if fans will need to worry about The Flash closing the door on The Trickster completely, though. Scheduling and commitments have just put a wrinkle in plans for Hamill to return to the role for now.
Production on Knightfall is scheduled to run for around six to seven months, so it may not work out for Mark Hamill to even make a brief appearance in Season 5. While we can probably cross The Trickster off the list of villains for The Flash's upcoming season, the show will still be in strong supply of them. The superhero drama is set to introduce a new one, and the Arrow-verse in general will be brimming with new baddies throughout the respective runs of each show, so stay tuned.
Fans will have a while to wait until they get to see Mark Hamill in his new Knightfall role. In the meantime, the fifth season of The Flash will begin Tuesday, October 9 at 8 p.m. ET on The CW. Lucky for us, the speedy superhero series will not be the only one returning or premiering on the superhero-heavy network, this fall.