The end of the 2013/2014 television season is drawing to a close, and there has already been lots of news. We’ve already received word that a number of genre show shave gotten the axe from their various networks. So far Almost Human, Revolution, Believe, Star-Crossed, The Tomorrow People, and Community have all fallen to low ratings and vindictive executives—we like to imagine them as twisted, shriveled little monsters giggling maniacally as they send sci-fi shows to their graves. It hasn’t all been bad news, however. The CW did renew The 100, so there’s that, and the network also ordered The Flash and iZombie, both DC Comics titles, to series starting this fall. To mark the occasion, the they’ve released a new poster for each show.
It isn’t too much of a surprise that The Flash got picked up. One, it’s based on a classic comic, and it can’t be much worse than the short-lived 1990 television series. For some reason I really liked it, but even 13-year-old me would never have argued that it was good. Secondly, it’s framed as a spin off of the CW’s hit Arrow, an adaptation of DC’s Green Arrow title and character. The protagonist, played by Grant Gustin, was introduced on a multi-episode arc on that show, with generally positive reactions.
Barry Allen (Gustin) is a scientist who, after a freak accident, finds that he can run really, really fast. And because, why wouldn’t you, he uses his newfound ability, as well as a sweet skintight red suit, to fight crime as the Flash. Over the lifetime of the character, who first appeared in 1940, there have been numerous incarnations, each one with their own origin story. Barry Allen is indeed one of them, and it will be interesting to see how closely the new series sticks to his background.
Fun fact, John Wesley Shipp, who played the Flash in the last attempt, will have an unspecified role in this version.
Though iZombie is a bit less obvious, the fact that it also got a series order isn’t a shock. Zombies are just about everywhere, from movie and TV screens to advertisements for candy and Korean economy cars. I remember when the undead were the stomping ground for hardcore horror gore hounds, now they’re trying to get me to eat Starbursts. But it is based on another DC comic, and they’re trying to do anything they can to compete with Marvel, and it is also produced by Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas. Not the Matchbox 20 guy, I’ve been chided for making that mistake.
The action follows a young zombie woman, Liv (Rose McIver), who works in the coroner’s office. Her position affords her access to the sweet, sweet human brains that she needs to stay alive. There is one problem, however, when she munches on the pilfered grey matter, she also ingests the memories of the dead. In many cases they’re howling at her from inside her own skull and the only way she can shut them up is to use their recollections to solve crime. Obviously.
Neither of these posters reveals much about either title, but we’ll likely hear more before they debut on the CW this fall.