Arrow‘s season finale contained within it a 1-minute teaser video featuring a particularly entertaining training session for Stephen Amell’s Arrow and Grant Gustin’s Flash:
Game freakin’ on! Gustin’s Flash and Amell’s Arrow make for a fun on-screen duo, ala the banter The Flash often shares with Green Lantern in the comics. Stephen Amell’s delivery of the line, “Show off,” was pitch perfect. More than that, this is our first look at how Flash’s super speed might be depicted on his own show. There are really only so many ways to do super speed. This looks vaguely like an update on the Smallville version with the addition of a ton of lightning-like effects to Flash’s every movement. That’s how I personally remember Flash’s speed being depicted in the comics, but it is curious if they’ll really add that much lightning-like visual flair to his every use of super speed on the show. Lastly, it must be said: that maroon costume is still not growing on me. I don’t love it.
The Flash is being co-created and produced by Arrow writer/DC Chief Creative Office Geoff Johns and Arrow co-creators/executive producers Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg. Already introduced on Arrow this season, Flash will see the return of Grant Gustin as Barry Allen, Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow, and Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon. They’ll be joined by Barry’s love interest (Iris West, played by Candice Patton), surrogate father figure (Detective West, played by Jesse Martin), a prfessional rival (Detective Thawne, played by Rick Cosnett), and a disgraced boss (Harrison Wells, played by Tom Cavanagh). Plus, TV’s original Flash John Wesley Shipp will be around in a mystery role.
UPDATED: The CW has announced The Flash will air on Tuesday nights in front of Supernatural, and they have released the following official show synopsis:
Barry Allen was just 11 years old when his mother was killed in a bizarre and terrifying incident and his father was falsely convicted of the murder. With his life changed forever by the tragedy, Barry was taken in and raised by Detective Joe West, the father of Barry’s best friend, Iris. Now, Barry has become a brilliant, driven and endearingly geeky CSI investigator, whose determination to uncover the truth about his mother’s strange death leads him to follow up on every unexplained urban legend and scientific advancement that comes along. Barry’s latest obsession is a cutting edge particle accelerator, created by visionary physicist Harrison Wells and his S.T.A.R. Labs team, who claim that this invention will bring about unimaginable advancements in power and medicine. However, something goes horribly wrong during the public unveiling, and when the devastating explosion causes a freak storm, many lives are lost and Barry is struck by lightning. After nine months in a coma, Barry awakens to find his life has changed once again – the accident has given him the power of super speed, granting him the ability to move through Central City like an unseen guardian angel. Though initially excited by his newfound powers, Barry is shocked to discover he is not the only “meta-human” who was created in the wake of the accelerator explosion – and not everyone is using their new powers for good. In the months since the accident, the city has seen a sharp increase in missing people, unexplained deaths and other strange phenomena. Barry now has a renewed purpose – using his gift of speed to protect the innocent, while never giving up on his quest to solve his mother’s murder and clear his father’s name. For now, only a few close friends and associates know that Barry is literally the fastest man alive, but it won’t be long before the world learns what Barry Allen has become…The Flash.
One question which will likely remain unanswered is how long The Flash will go without a cross-over episode with Arrow, presumably to revisit Felicity’s short-lived romance with Barry Allen.
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As a point of comparison, here’s how The Flash looks in DC’s animated film Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox: