The Flash (The CW): The DC Speedster is Coming to the Small Screen Big Time

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After the saturation of costumed vigilantes on the big screen, it’s now television’s turn. We already have Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, and CW’s Arrow, but soon the small screen will be hit a by a new wave of comic-book shows that will cement the place of the genre in this medium. There’s going to be DC’s Gotham and Constantine, and then there’s Marvel’s Netflix shows.

The Flash is going to be a spin off of Arrow, taking place in the same universe. Here’s how he will look:

The Flash (The CW) Plot

Barry Allen is going to be The Flash in the show. Barry was introduced in a season two episode of Arrow, where he still has to get his superpowers. He’s a forensic investigator with a special interest in crimes involving superpowered beings, because of personal reasons. His arc in Arrow ends with him getting caught in a chemical explosion at S.T.A.R. Labs in Central City. You know where this goes. He wakes up to find himself endowed with superspeed. At first is confused and excited, but then decides to use it for fighting crimee etc etc. The story isn’t new, but that doesn’t matter because we don’t watch superhero movies for novelty.

I feel Barry got shortchanged, because I know for a fact that a particle accelerator related accident can make you a space-time-transcendent God. (I’m talking about Dr. Manhattan)

The Flash (The CW) Premiere Date

Sometime in 2014. The pilot has been directed by David Nutter, and written by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and Geoff Johns.

The Flash (The CW) Cast & Characters

Grant Gustin as Barry Allen / The Flash

Jesse L. Martin as Detective West

Rick Cosnett as Eddie Thawne

Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow

Candice Patton as Iris West

Tom Cavanagh as Harrison Wells

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Reasons to Watch

This is the first time we’re going to see a proper adaptation of The Flash in the post-CGI revolution era. Arrow has been received well, and I’m sure they’ll be able to do The Flash some justice.

This won’t be the Flash that is planned to appear in the proposed Justice League movie. We aren’t even sure if that movie is ever going to happen. This is as good as it’s going to get for a while. If you’re a comic fan who likes The Flash, I don’t see any reason for you to skip the show. The TV show format is a better vehicle to do superheroes justice, as it gives more time to flesh out their characters. Hopefully, the guys working on this will keep that in mind instead of turning it into an unimaginative chore.

Reasons to Skip

The CW has a very bland look to its shows. Foe example, all its leads look like they were picked from the same supermodel catalog. If they turn this into a turgid soap opera then it’ll be disappointing and a waste of great opportunity. They better not target this to the Vampire Diaries crowd.

Our Predictions

Arrow has been okay, in my opinion. This will probably be okay too. We aren’t going to get Joss Whedon to direct these shows, so, like I said, this is as good as it’s going to get.