DC Entertainment may be lagging behind on the big screen, but on TV, they are making their mark. Aside from the current hit Arrow, DC/Warner Bros. has Gotham, Hourman and John Constantine in various stages of pre-production. The Flash joins that collection of comic adaptations that DC is bringing to the small screen.
The Flash is a spin-off from Arrow, because the character of Barry Allen already appeared in a two-part episode of Arrow. Barry (Grant Gustin) was introduced as a young crime scene investigator from Central City who has a particular interest in super-powered criminals because his mother was a victim of one. Barry got caught in an explosion from the S.T.A.R. Labs Particle Accelerator. Since then, he’s been in a coma. He’ll wake up in his own series to find that he’s been endowed with super-speed. Inspired by his adventure with the arrow, Barry will put on the red costume and fight crime as the Flash.
No trench coats, muscles suits or body armor for this fast-moving hero. The new Flash costume is a nice homage to the traditional look of the popular DC Comics characters. The crimson costume is made out of both leather and some sort of mesh material that will probably serve to reduce friction when he runs. The costume looks like it was taken right out of the pages of the comics.
Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg, who are writers and producers on Arrow, will be the show-runners for the series, which will debut in the Fall of 2014 on the CW.