Boy, TV is really filling up with superhero shows lately.
…What’s that? You want more? Arrow, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the upcoming Agent Carter aren’t enough for you, eh?
DC has got you covered then!
The story of The Flash follows Barry Allen, a scientist who is caught up in a freak accident which gives him the ability to move at lightning speed. Like Arrow, The Flash will air on The CW network and will more than likely feature crossover events throughout. This is not the first time a TV series based on this character has come to light. John Wesley Shipp starred as Barry Allen and The Flash for a season of twenty-two episodes, spanning from September 1990 to May 1991 before it was cancelled. It has however developed somewhat of a cult-following.
It is notable that – due to the ownership of certain rights – FOX’s Gotham will likely not take place within the same continuity as both Arrow and The Flash, although since it is set many years before it doesn’t matter either way. However since the Justice League movie adaptation has already been confirmed to follow on from Zack Snyder’s 2016 superhero mash-up Batman vs. Superman, the emergence of this new show has me wondering whether or not this new Flash will be at all connected to those movies. In reality, probably not. But it might be confusing to some viewers to have a Flash character on the big screen be totally separate from the one on the small screen. That said, superhero fanatics already have to deal with the fact that the Marvel character of Quicksilver will be appearing in both X-Men: Days of Future Past, and The Avengers: Age of Ultron, which are both set in completely different universes and thus are played by totally different actors.
Whilst DC certainly doesn’t have the organisational skills of Marvel Studios in nicely tying up all of their movies and TV into one shared continuity (barring of course the X-Men and Spider-Man franchises), it is regardless definitely an exciting time to be a superhero fan.