Ryan Reynolds is a big star in Hollywood, and he’s known for his comic book roles. After playing Hannibal King in Blade Trinity, he would move on X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Green Lantern. While the films were disappointing, he did find redemption with Deadpool and its 2018 sequel.
Indeed, Reynolds reveals he almost got to play The Flash, according to reports.
As We Got This Covered notes, Reynolds said he’s had quite a few comic book movie offers in his time. When quizzed on which role he would have loved to play, the actor jokingly claimed interest in Wolverine.
“I would say Wolverine, but God, I would be terrible,” he jokes.
On a more serious note, Reynolds did say he nearly had the role of Wally West. “Honestly, I wanted to be the Flash — the Wally West version,” he says. “But I think all of those ships have sailed.”
Back in the 2000s, David Goyer did write a script for a Flash movie built around Wally West. Reynolds was in his twenties at the time and lobbied for the film. While that did not come to pass, the actor did express interest in doing voice-over for the character in a cancelled video game. Sadly, that did not happen either.
While he’s far to old now, Reynolds circa 2006 would have made a great Wally West. For now, we’ll just have to wait for the Flash’s solo movie with Ezra Miller as Barry Allen.