After the Arrow finale, audiences were treated to the first look at upcoming spin-off The Flash featuring a very enthusiastic Barry Allen literally outrunning Oliver’s arrows. We then got a full five minutes, depicting Barry’s tragic past, setting up his superhero origins and introducing his all important support team.
The initial teaser had me hooked, because it had something that is often missing in the age of gritty anti heroes… a sense of fun. Watching Barry genuinely enjoying his super powers was a breath of fresh air and definitely enticed me enough to give the series a chance. Of course, we learn during the five-minute trailer that Barry’s life is not all sunshine and rainbows – he even has his very own fridged woman, his mother. But there still seems to be a playful sincerity to this show that makes me want to see more.
Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) is a CSI investigator in Central City. His mother died in mysterious circumstances when he was just 11 years old, which sends him on a search for every unexplained urban legend in the hopes of uncovering the truth about her death. It was this search that lead him to Starling City where audiences of Arrow were first introduced to the endearing geek. Barry is struck by lightening after the unveiling of a particle accelerator goes horribly wrong. He spends nine months in a coma and when he wakes up he has super speed… and abs. It’s not just superpowers and superbods though because Barry is not the only so-called “meta-human” created by the lightening blast.
Can Barry step up and become the hero Central City needs? Oliver Queen sure thinks so and as long as he doesn’t descend into the same gritty angst filled path that most live-action adaptations of DC comics seem to be following recently then he could be the superhero for me.
So what do you think? Will you will be tuning in for The Flash?
Author: Undie Girl
Undie Girl (aka Von) has a BA (Hons) Major in Cultural Studies. The title of her honours thesis was “It’s just gay and porn”: Power, Identity and the Fangirl’s Gaze. She’s currently pursuing a Masters of Media Practice at University of Sydney. Von’s a former contributor The Backlot’s column The Shipping News and a current co-host of The Geekiary’s monthly webcast FEELINGS… with The Geekiary.
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