“He’s not quite right for Barry, but…”: DC Star Who Played World’s First Openly Gay Supervillain in Arrowverse Nearly Replaced Grant Gustin as The Flash

Grant Gustin nearly lost his iconic role to a DC villain from The Flash!

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  • Grant Gustin's portrayal of Barry Allen/ The Flash is loved by the DC fans.
  • Andy Mientus had also auditioned for the role of Barry Allen/ The Flash's role, but he did not get very far.
  • Executives believed Andy Mientus had the potential to play the role of Pied Piper in The Flash.
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The DC Universe is home to some of the strongest and most iconic superhero characters of all time. With the likes of Batman, Superman, Aquaman, Green Arrow, and many more. However, one character is more popular than the lot— The Flash. Over the years, the Speedster has gained immense popularity as he has been part of different narrative elements in the DCU, including a standalone film and being part of the Arrowverse.

Grant Gustin is immensely popular among the DC fans for his role of Barry Allen/ The Flash
Grant Gustin as The Flash. Credits: The CW Network

One of the primary reasons for his massive popularity was how Grant Gustin portrayed the role of Barry Allen also known as The Flash. Gustin’s portrayal of the character is loved by the audience of the show, but he was quite close to getting replaced by an actor, who was featured as a villain in the Arrowverse.

DC Villain Nearly Replaced Grant Gustin in The Role of The Flash

Grant Gustin is quite popular as The Flash as his portrayal of the character has been loved by the fans as well as the critics, making him synonymous with the character. However, he was immensely close to getting replaced, as another actor had also auditioned for the same role.


Andy Mientus is quite popular among fans for his portrayal of Hartley Rathaway aka Pied Piper. The actor made his debut in season 1 of The Flash.

Andy Mientus had also auditioned for the role of Barry Allen
A still from The Flash. Credits: The CW Network

While Mientus had portrayed the role of a supervillain in the show, he had initially auditioned for the role of Barry Allen. During an exclusive interview with Collider, the 37-year-old actor opened up about his audition for the main role in the show, but he did not get very far in the audition process for the role.

He said,


didn’t get very far along in the process of reading for Barry.  It’s not as if it was between me and Grant [Gustin], and I didn’t get cast.  But I got great feedback that said,He’s not quite the right fit for Barry, but we really like him. He’s really interesting. Maybe there’s something down the pike.’

He continued how he was eagerly waiting for their phone call and as an actor, he was quite excited to learn what they had to say because the disappointments taught him to not get too attached to anything.

The executives saw potential in Andy Mientus as they offered him the role of a DC Supervillain
Andy Mientus as Pied Piper. Credits: The CW Network

He added,

You hear that a lot, as an actor, and you like to hear that.  It’s a nice thing to hear, but you don’t necessarily think,Oh, I better wait by my phone ‘cause they’re gonna call any minute.’ So, when they did call, my ears pricked up. You have so many auditions, as an actor, and so many disappointments that you learn to not get too attached to anything.  

While the actor did not get too attached to the phone call, his life changed as he read the script for his new role, making him feel that there was an instant connection with the character and it is something that he would enjoy playing in the series.


Andy Mientus Opened Up About His Role in The Flash

In the same interview with Collider, Andy Mientus mentioned how he felt an attachment to the role, and made him believe that it would be a better fit for him than the one he initially auditioned for.

Andy Mientus embodied the role of the DC villain
The Flash vs Pied Piper. Credits: The CW Network

He said,

But that first step in the process went really well, and then this character came upWhen I read it, I saw that it was maybe a good fit for me, and I just really liked it. I immediately felt an attachment.

The actor added that the role of Pied Piper was something that the audience would love to see him in and he wanted to embody the role, making him synonymous with the role.


It was a character that I wanted to see and knew I would enjoy, as a viewer, so it was then somebody that I wanted to embody. So, I was hopeful. I really wanted this one, more than the average thing, and I’m really glad it worked it.

Indeed, Mientus killed it with his portrayal of the supervillain as he became a household name and received a significant fan following and fame following his role in the show.

The Flash (2014) can be streamed on Netflix.


Written by Tushar Auddy

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Tushar Auddy, Content Writer. He has been in the entertainment industry for 3 years and is always on the lookout for a captivating story. He is a student of Linguistics and is currently pursuing his Master's degree in the same field. He has a passion for literature that runs deep and loves nothing more than getting lost in a novel for hours on end. When he isn't reading, you'll find him capturing the beauty of language.