The scarlet speedster is one of the most imaginative and dynamic comic book superheroes. The herald of the Silver Age of comics, the Flash broke new ground when the long underwear genre was seen as a dead duck. However, Carmine Infantino’s outstanding artwork and the wild scripts by John Broome and Robert Kanigher soon made the star of Showcase Comics the standard bearer for a superhero revival that continued through Hawkman, Green Lantern, the Atom and more.
A founding member of the Justice League, the Flash is known for having one of the most interesting rogue’s gallery which includes Gorilla Grodd, Captain Cold, the Human Top, Mirror Master and more. He was part of the Super Friends cartoon and much later a popular member of the Justice League animated series. In print, there is a vast legacy of the Flash spanning generations from Jay Garrick (the Flash of the 1940′s) into the far future.
Over the years, the Flash’s popularity has come and gone but he retains a cult following in the comic book community on both sides of the page. Some of the most successful creators such as Mark Waid, Grant Morrison and Geoff Johns have all taken a shot at the human whirlwind and shown just how amazing he can be. He was also one of the few characters to gain his own weekly TV series with a theme song by Batman’s Danny Elfman.
So given all that it should come as no surprise that the Flash is headed to join (Green) Arrow on the CW. Spinning out of his guest appearance on Arrow, the Flash will continue to flesh out the DCU on the small screen (soon to be joined by Gotham). The series will not be a half-made gesture at a comic book TV series, reducing the character’s trademark uniform into armor or a sweatsuit but will instead pay homage to the look and feel of the comic book while somehow to fitting into the grounded reality presented in Arrow. It’ll be interesting to see how this is accomplished with a hero whose rogue’s gallery is all but absurd.
The CW has released the first official image of Grant Gustin in his gear as The Flash as he will be seen in the upcoming series. Designed by three-time Oscar winner Colleen Atwood, who also designed the costume for “Arrow,” you can check out the image below!
Gustin will star as Barry Allen in the series, which will serve as a spin-off to their popular series “Arrow” where he made two appearances as the character.
Joining Gustin for the show will be Candice Patton as Iris West, Jesse L. Martin as Iris’s father, Detective West, Michelle Harrison as Barry’s mother Nora Allen, Rick Gosnett as Central City Police Detective Eddie Thawne, Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon, Danielle Panabaker as S.T.A.R. Labs bioengineer Caitlin Snow, Tom Cavanagh as S.T.A.R. Labs CEO Harrison Wells, and John Wesley Shipp, from the original “The Flash” TV series, in an unspecified role.
“The Flash” arrives from co-creators Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg who, along with Geoff Johns, will write the pilot episode with “Arrow” pilot director David Nutter at the helm. Production on the pilot is set to begin next week.
The Flash has been in feature film development alongside Green Lantern and Wonder Woman for many years but nothing ever came of it. Given the failure of Green Lantern, that may have been a blessing in disguise. But as a TV series, the Flash has lots of potential for a modern audience hungry for comic book heroes but with an added edge. One of the interesting aspects of the Flash is that his alter ego Barry Allen is a forensic scientist which is sure to grant the writers plenty of possibilities.
To date, details are slim on the series, but as casting announcements continue and the success of Arrow’s second season builds, expect to hear more about the crimson tornado. Previous Flash actor John Wesley Shipp will also be making a guest appearance on the program.