Fans of comic book properties spend a lot of time obsessing over the designs of the suits their favorite superhero characters are given to wear. There’s a lot of money and time put in to each piece of clothing, but for the actors that actually have to wear the tight leather or spandex pieces, it’s not always fun and games. Here’s what former The Flash actor John Wesley Shipp had to say about his costume from the nineties when compared to the one Grant Gustin has been able to wear when filming The CW’s brand new Flash series.
Shipp is undeniably a good person to talk to when it comes to The Flash’s suit. He starred in the original series as Barry Allen/ The Flash, and actually has been around the set of The CW’s The Flash, joining the cast as Barry’s father. Den of Geek recently spoke with Shipp about which show has the better costumes, and Shipp without a doubt believes The CW’s costume is better than the stuff they made him wear in the nineties.
Not only did the poor guy have to be around acetone in order to get that sucker off, he says the network only produced four suits for him to wear during the filming of the first season.
That’s seriously the most disgusting description of a costume I’ve ever read in my entire life. Still, it makes sense. All those suckers that volunteer to be mascots for their high school team or even at Disneyland don’t usually describe the costumes as comfortable. Plus, it’s not like The Flash is the only TV show to force its characters into uncomfortable clothing. Sleepy Hollow’s Tom Mison, for instance, has to wear a long overcoat when shooting in the summer. Despite knowing other actors are uncomfortable, having to wear a cooling unit and getting sweaty even with that unit on sounds truly terrible.
The good news is that today’s costumes are sleeker, more fitted and less puffed up than the costumes of yesteryear. Just check out this look at Gustin as The Flash and compare it to Shipp’s look up top.
Still, the next time you see Grant Gustin fitted out as The Flash, just remember how committed he is to the role, and that brand new, extremely expensive suit.
Catch both Shipp and Gustin on The Flash when it premieres on Tuesday, October 7 at 8:00 p.m. EST.
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