CW has released a trailer for their new Flash TV series!
I have to say, it looks pretty good. A few thoughts:
It looks like the Reverse Flash, aka Professor Zoom, is responsible for the death of Barry’s mom. I wonder if they’ll eventually incorporate the Flashpoint storyline from the comics which was turned into a decent direct-to-DVD animated feature.
There’s a nod to Ferris Air at 2:12. Could Green Lantern make an appearance on the show? In the comics, GL has often teamed up with the Flash and Green Arrow, so it’s quite possible they plan to introduce other heroes for potential spin-offs. In any event, there seems to be a self-conscious attempt at Marvel-style universe building going on here.
It looks like Flash’s first villain will be the Weather Wizard. The Flash has an extensive rogues gallery for the writers to play with. It also looks like Flash’s and Weather Wizard’s origin are related to the extra-dimensional incursions. The Speed Force, perchance? Flash’s villains being ‘meta-humans’ is a departure from the source material (with the exception of Reverse Flash). The extra-dimensional incursions seem to serve a similar function to the meteor shower in Smallville: to explain the origin of the weekly enemies the hero has to overcome. But I can live with that change.
I heard a rumor that John Wesley Shipp, who played the Flash in the short-lived 1990 TV series, was scheduled to make an appearance. I didn’t see him in the trailer, but it would be fun to see him on the show in some capacity, even if only a cameo.
The suit looks pretty cool. It follows the trend of grounding superhero costumes in the ‘real world’, looking like some sort of high tech bodysuit from the world of sports. The way he gets his name is corny, but hey, it’s based on a comic book!
For fans, this show can’t get here fast enough.