Once more unto the breach, “Flash” fans! Barry and the STAR Labs crew will power up the speed cannon this Christmas, but their trip to Earth-2 will be far from jolly. A certain Trickster is back on the scene, and he’s causing trouble for the denizens of Central City’s art-deco counterpart.

Mark Hamill (Trickster/James Jesse) arrived in Vancouver earlier this week, and, after just three days of filming for the midseason finale, intrepid bystanders have provided fans with their first look at episode 9.

Will “The Flash” Introduce The Joker?

You can see the Trickster on the right-hand side of the photo, toting a Tommy gun. From fedoras to victory rolls, James Jesse’s doppelganger is surrounded by all the gorgeous trappings of Earth-2. The psychopathic con, however, looks worse for wear. Decked out in the pinstriped suits of the mobsters of old, the Trickster looks more like the Joker than anything else. Gone is Jesse’s Einsteinian 'do, and dark circles ring his eyes in place of the Trickster’s classic diamond mask.

Has Hamill swapped roles? It’s certainly plausible. “The Flash” paid homage to the actor’s role in the original Flash series, why shouldn’t the writers pen a callback to his voice work as the Joker? After all, Hunter Zolomon (while posing as Jay Garrick) informed Caitlin that there is no Trickster on Earth-2.

Less Screen Time For Barry?

Joker or not, it’s clear Earth-2 will need a hero this holiday season. Between Barry (Grant Gustin) and Jesse Quick (Violett Beane), the parallel universe has plenty of speedsters to call on. As filming continues for DC TV’s four-part crossover event, however, the Scarlet Speedster may be pressed for time.

“Supergirl”, “The Flash”, “Arrow”, and “Legends of Tomorrow” will collide this November in what can only be a logistical nightmare for producers and actors alike.

Filming for the crossover began at the end of September, bringing together heroes and heroines from all four series. As of this week, all of the leads were still pulling double duty – taking on the Dominators even as their own shows continued to film at the normal pace. Given this grueling schedule, writers will probably lighten Gustin’s workload with a little character development for the STAR Labs team.

In other words, expect to see Barry call on his pals (Vibe, Jesse, and a new Killer Frost)for help during episodes 7, 8, and 9.

Find out more when "The Flash" airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.

Click the video below to see a preview for the series’ next episode, “New Rogues”.

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