(Editor's Note: This article was originally written in June)
Since the trailer for CW's new superhero show, The Flash, aired after the Arrow season two finale, we've been begging for more info. Set within the same universe as Arrow, The Flash follows nerdy crime scene officer Barry Allen after he wakes up from a coma (caused by an exploding particle accelerator no-less) and discovers he can move at superhuman speeds.
So it starts out with Barry narrating his life story. Of course he has the peter Parker story of being picked on. With lines like "I wasn't fast enough" or his mother telling him there is more to life than fast legs. So of course like your usual CW series the series begins with a mysterious death of his parents by what could only hopefully be Professor Zoom. It seems Barry is investigating his own mother's death since his father was blamed for it. We also revisit his origin... again.
With Doctor Who and Sherlock Holmes like special effects as Barry investigates a crime scene reminds me of a superhero version of Dexter.
Star Labs and Atom Smasher is mentioned which was cute. We have Harrison Wells the founder of Star Labs. As well as a scene with the future location of Ferris Aircraft.
One of the better aspects is Barry learning to run at super speed. He doesn't quite grasp it at first which makes it seem even more like Spider-Man.The coming into his powers, Barry is taken under the wing of some bio-engineers who feel responsible for Barry's condition since it was their partial accelerator which causes the storm which turned him into the Flash. The scene with Barry running around the Ferris aircraft track is reinstatement of the pilot for the first version the Flash from CBS in 1990.
We have a metahuman villain who can only be The Weather Wizard who has the same origin as the Flash. The beginning of the Flash Rouges in this series one can imagine. However I hope the revelation that Weather Wizard gets his powers from the same flash related accident doesn't Smallville into more metahumans connected through the same incident.
The big news however is the pilot's final image, as we see a character (no names ;) ) in possession of a newspaper, from the year 2024, in which we're told the Flash has vanished in something called the 'crisis'. Now, this could just be your standard crisis, but comics aficionados will recognise the Crisis as the massive, universe shattering DC Comics event that changed everything... could the Arrow/Flash (and whatever show comes next) universe be gearing up for it's own 'Crisis on Infinite Earths'? Only time will tell!
Flash premiers this autumn on the CW. If you can't wait until then, check out these pictures from the pilot.
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