The Flash Finds Its Ralph Dibny In Hartley Sawyer

by Erik Amaya


The search for the Elongated Man has come to an end.

According to TVLine, The Young and the Restless‘ Hartley Sawyer will play Ralph Dibny in season four of The CW’s The Flash. As previously reported, Ralph will be a recurring role with the possibility of becoming a series regular in the fifth season should he prove popular with the fans.

How could he not? He’s Ralph Dibny.

Well, I suppose they could drastically change the character, but Ralph is described as “a fast-talking private investigator with investigative skills that rival those of Batman.” That pretty much sounds like Ralph. He also has his ability to stretch to absurd degrees, which will no doubt be a strain on the effects budget. But that doesn’t really matter if Ralph proves successful with the audience. His metahuman power is the least interesting thing about him.

I guess it will all be down to performance. And maybe if they decide to bring Sue on and establish their dynamic early.

Sawyer joins other recent additions The 100‘s Neil Sandilands as season arc villain Clifford Devoe, Dominion‘s Kim Engelbrecht as The Mechanic, and Danny Trejo as Breacher, Gypsy’s dimension-hopping father. Of course, since I have a special place in my heart for Ralph Dibny, I’m wishing Sawyer a little extra luck.

The Flash returns on October 10th.

Erik Amaya

Host of Tread Perilously and a Film/TV Writer at and Rotten Tomatoes. A former staff writer at CBR and Bleeding Cool, and a contributing writer at Fanbase Press and Monkeys Fighting Robots. Voice of Puppet Tommy on The Room Responds. A seeker of the Seastone Chair and the owner of a Legion Flight Ring. Sorted into Gryffindor, which came as some surprise.

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