Saturday , June 15 2024

Fan Expo Philadelphia: Tom Cavanagh on ‘The Flash’ and Directing

Tom Cavanagh (The Flash) enjoys opportunities to act and direct. At Fan Expo Philadelphia, he answered questions about those facets of his career, including what’s ahead in Superman & Lois season four.

“A lot of the TV shows that I do, it’s generally written in the contract that I’ll direct one or two [episodes] because I love doing it,” Cavanagh said.

He’s directed some episodes of Superman & Lois, which is in its final season. “The finale was taken up already, which is when [showrunner] Todd [Helbing] said, ‘Well, would you play a role?’ That’s coming up.”

On the Iterations of Reverse-Flash

Cavanagh is memorable for playing Reverse-Flash, a villain in CW’s The Flash. Different versions of the character popped up throughout the series, and Cavanagh portrayed all of them. He often brainstormed with creatives on what to bring in next. “[The] H.R. [character, for example,] came out of the fact that season two was dark. We thought we needed more levity, comedy, and H.R. was born.”

He finds it hard to pinpoint a favorite out of those characters. “Whatever guy I was playing that day, I was grateful to be playing on that day. Then when we were doing the Council of Wells, I was playing all of them!”

Cavanagh credits the writers with how Reverse-Flash resonated with fans. “Reverse-Flash is someone who is trying to get home. He’s using these people for sure, but to him, they’ve been dead for centuries. He has to create the Flash and use the Flash.”

And so the Flash and Reverse-Flash interactions drive much of the compelling drama. “Anytime somebody has a bond and then you’re going to break that bond, that makes it that much more emotional.”

On Directing

Cavanagh took up the director’s chair a few times during the run of The Flash. “When you’re directing, you’re telling all the parts of the story. I find it phenomenally enjoyable to do.”

He also embraced the challenge of directing himself. “One of the great things about directing yourself is you don’t stand for any crap. It’s like you better get it right on take one. Take one, not two, and then you can move on.”

During the actors’ strike, Cavanagh kept busy by writing two scripts for full-length features. One script is for a film called Bad Heist, about two guys who are unwittingly drawn into a plot. A mafia king “mistakenly thinks that they are the two best safecrackers, so he hires them to break in and steal millions of dollars. They have to do that or die. That’s basically Bad Heist. Who wouldn’t like to see that?”

Visit the Fan Expo Philadelphia website and our coverage for more fan culture news.

About Pat Cuadros

Pat Cuadros is Pop Culture Editor for Blogcritics Magazine. She frequently covers TV, film and theater. Her portfolio includes interviews with Ndaba Mandela and actors Juliette Binoche, Fran Drescher, Derek Jacobi and Brent Spiner. She's also spoken with notable voice actors Petrea Burchard, Garry Chalk, Peter Cullen and Brian Drummond.

Check Also

Fan Expo Philadelphia: Don Bluth on Animation

"If you don't show sadness or tragedy somehow in any story, where is the delight of being rescued?"