We recently got news that The CW ordered The Flash for a full series starting this fall. This show joins the network’s other DC Comics titles, the already established Arrow, and iZombie, another show that will debut for them during the 2013/2014 television season. Here is your first look at the long-lived superhero in action.
This teaser will reportedly air during tonight’s season finale of Arrow, which makes sense because the two shows are now indelibly linked. The show is being framed as a spin-off, and the title character, as well as his alter ego Barry Allan (played by Grant Gustin), made his debut on the show—which I’ve never watched, but always feel like I should because I used to be a huge Green Arrow fan—during a two-episode run earlier this season.
There is no footage from the actual show contained in this video, but it does feature Arrow star Stephen Amell. Dressed in his full Oliver Queen get up, he shoots an arrow at a target, and out of nowhere, the crimson-clad Flash zips in and snatches the projectile out of the air mid flight. You can pull that sort of thing off when you’re really, really, ridiculously fast, and the Flash just so happens to be that quick. The clip ends with Queen notching three arrows on his bow, and the Flash saying, “Game on.”
So far The Flash has been confirmed for 13 episodes, though there very well could be more on the horizon if it is as successful as the network hopes. The cast includes Tom Cavanagh, Candice Batton, Jesse L. Martin, Carlos Valdes, Rick Cosnett, and Danielle Panabaker. John Wesley Shipp, who played the Flash in the early 1990s TV incarnation of the character, will also appear, though his role has not been specified as of yet.
Because this is based on a DC title, you can expect to see some familiar faces, or at least approximations of characters that you already know from the comics. Expect to encounter the likes of Cisco Ramon, AKA Vibe (Valdes), Killer Frost (Panabaker), and Eddie Thawne (Cosnett), better known as Professor Zoom, among a variety of other aliases.
Shortly after announcing the pick up, The CW released the first poster. You have to imagine that they had that one ready and waiting. Given the popularity of Arrow, it seemed like a no brainer that The Flash was going to join the roster. We’ll have to wait and see how these two shows play into the larger DC media plan that we’ve been hearing rumbling about lately.
What do you all think about this? Are you planning to tune into The Flash? Do you watch Arrow, and should I check it out? Sound off in the comments below.