Back in February, when we saw the first look at Grant Gustin wearing The Flash’s iconic headgear, I wondered if, years from now, we would look back on this era of superhero television as being too serious for its own good. The CW later released a bigger look at Gustin in the full suit, but I wanted to hold off on judging the series until I had a chance to see the visual effects and the movement, look, and feel of the show. Today the network released an extended 5-minute trailer, and now I think we have enough information to start digging into this upcoming show. Take a look below:
My initial thoughts? It doesn’t look as bad as I thought it might. Some of the dialogue is a little cringe-worthy (“Lightning gave me abs?” and “How theoretical are you?” are particularly egregious), and the speed effects somehow haven’t improved at all since the days of “Smallville,” but other than that, it looks like a decent show that will allow Flash fans to geek out on a weekly basis and to let others know how cool this character could be when he eventually makes his way to the big screen (because we all know that’s happening soon).
For diehard DC fans, there are already a few nice nods in this footage. From the villainous Weather Wizard to Professor Zoom killing Barry’s mom (which isn’t a story I’m familiar with – not sure if that’s from the comics or not), it sets up a quick glimpse at The Scarlet Speedster’s awesomely ridiculous rogue’s gallery. There’s also a super fast, blink-and-you-miss-it reference to Ferris Air (Carol Ferris, anyone?) and those scientists are obviously from STAR Labs, so there’s a decent bit of worldbuilding on display here.
The whole “dimensional barrier unleashing unknown matter into the universe” thing sounds an awful lot like the meteor crash that set “Smallville” into motion, providing the origin story not only for Clark Kent but for dozens of “freaks of the week,” and if I had to guess, I’d say that’s the exact same narrative structure they’re going to use in this series. What do you think about what you’ve seen so far? Will you tune in and check this out? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below. “The Flash” will air on Tuesdays at 8pm this fall on The CW.
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