I’ve always dug the character of the Flash. He’s technically one of the most powerful heroes ever made, a character who can run back in time and throttle you when you were a baby if he wanted to. He can vibrate his molecules and make you explode with a high-five. But he’s not that kind of guy. He’s a man who is dedicated to justice not only in his alter-ego, but in his real life as well. And that’s an interesting dedication. We’ve seen a teaser trailer for The Flash already. Now strap yourselves in for five minutes of action, as the Speed Force may be with this series.
After a particle accelerator causes a freak storm, CSI Investigator Barry Allen is struck by lightning and falls into a coma. Months later he awakens with the power of super speed, granting him the ability to move through Central City like an unseen guardian angel. Though initially excited by his newfound powers, Barry is shocked to discover he is not the only “meta-human” who was created in the wake of the accelerator explosion — and not everyone is using their new powers for good. Barry partners with S.T.A.R. Labs and dedicates his life to protect the innocent. For now, only a few close friends and associates know that Barry is literally the fastest man alive, but it won’t be long before the world learns what Barry Allen has become…The Flash.
Man, that went by too quickly! There’s a number of things to take away from that trailer. For starters, we’ve got a shared universe with Arrow, which is always a plus. We’ve got a cast lined up that know that Barry is the fastest man alive, who is able to run at speeds of up to 708 MPH. That’s close to the speed of sound, and a limit that I expect the show to most likely break through as it goes on.
Then, you’ve got the villains. Weather Wizard takes up the most screen real estate in that trailer, but it looks like Zoom will also be present and instrumental in the shaping of Barry Allen. Zoom is essentially a Reverse-Flash, who exists only to make the Flash a better hero by making them experience tragedy. Beyond that though, I’m keen to see the rest of the Rogues. They’re few in number, but over the last couple of years, they’ve become a proper threat in the comics and a varied cast deserving of their own series. Bring on Captain Cold, Mirror Master, Trickster and Heat Wave already!
The Flash races onto screens, in the US fall.
Last Updated: May 16, 2014