Whenever a person adequately and sufficiently acquainted with the world of comics is solicited his opinion regarding the fastest character of them all, the most likely of probability is that his response would be “The Flash”. The Fastest Man Alive, as the catch phrase of the popular comic book character has perennially been coined, has been around for quite some time now and ever since his conception 70 years ago, has traversed numerous rungs of success on the scene of the comic world. He has now become one the most widely recognized and acclaimed comic book characters of all time.
In fact, prominence and fandom for the character escalated rapidly and steadily which saw to his starring in various animations, movies, solo books, shows and much more as well. Probably the most effectual conduits that propelled the character to mainstream audience were the TV shows that starred him. Take a look at some of the most well-known shows that featured the character in a solo or team member capacity:
- In 1979, the Flash appeared in the live-action series Legends of the Superheroes specials. He was played by actor Rod Haase
- The Flash also starred in a live action television series that aired on CBS between the years of 1990 and 1991. The show starred John Wesley Shipp as the titular character and Amanda Pays as the love interest.
- The Bart Allen incarnation of the Flash appeared in the popular TV show “Smallville” (based upon Superman) as a major supporting character.
- By far the most widely recognized and fan favorite series starring the Flash is the DC Animated Universe show Justice League and its spinoff Justice League Unlimited. The Flash was a pivotal character of focus in the show and the fact that he was a founding member of the team also lent significant boost to the character’s fame.
These are just some instances the myriad of shows that the Flash has appeared in. Still, there was a need for a solo Flash TV series and that left much to speculation as to how it would affect the Flash’s image. Well, thanks to the brand new “The Flash” TV series by CBS hitting the TV screen this year, such queries will soon be brought about to contentment in terms of curiosity.
Here are some of the reasons for which I am absolutely stoked for this season:
1. The Show is a Spinoff from Arrow:
For those of you that don’t know, The Flash is a spinoff of the immensely popular and critically endorsed CBS TV Show “Arrow” (based on DC character Green Arrow). The Flash was originally intended to appear in a teaser character capacity as his citizen alter ego, Barry Allen. The producers however later decided, in all of their wisdom (resulting in fan delight and felicity) to produce a spinoff starring the character in his own solo series.
2. Barry Allen, The Flash:
We get to see Barry Allen as the Flash, finally, in a standardized and awesome TV show all his own. The fact that we got to bear witness to his origin and backstory in the Arrow series also tends to supplement interest further in pertinence to the show. Grant Gustin (Glee) will be playing the titular character. What’s more, his performance appears to be an ingenious amalgamation of the attitudes and dispositions of all known Flashes. He’s quirky like Bart Allen, dedicated like Wally West and in times of peril, cognizant and in control like Jay Garrick and his own version of the Flash, Barry Allen.
3. Eobard Thawne is set to appear in the Show:
Eobard Thawne is also reported to appear in the show. Flash fans will definitely be able to associate this name with that of Reverse Flash, Professor Zoom. He is a major foe of the Flash and is undoubtedly one of the deadliest adversaries that the Flash has encountered in the course of his heroic run. The fact that he will, eventually, appear in the show is cause for excitement plenty. (Major Spoiler: In the show, Barry’s Mother is murdered by a tornado with a Yellow blur resembling a man inside it. How’s that for a teaser eh.)
4. We get to see Major Flash Rogues and other significant Characters as well:
The flash evinces one of the largest of Rogues galleries in the comic book industry. In the Flash is lucidly shown in combat with Mark Mardon aka Weather Wizard. So, it’s not a huge leap to speculate that we will get to see other Rogues like Captain Cold and Mirror Master in the show as well down the road.
5. Potential for Delivering Awesome and fantastic Story Arcs:
If the Show’s writers stick to their source material with fidelity, they will certainly be able to deliver awesome and remarkable story lines. The Flash has got some pretty engrossing story arcs mind you. The Terminal Velocity, Black Flash, Flash Rebirth etc. are just some of the many captivating and marvelous story arcs that this mythos has to offer. If the source material is followed closely, then the culminating product will be nothing short of spectacular indeed.
Well, there you have it, my top reasons for being ecstatic of the highest degree for the Flash TV series. If you are a fan then you will indubitably be excited by the aforementioned prospects as well. If not then let us know about your reasons too if for nothing else then in the name of geeky courtesy.