SPIDER-MAN WITH SUPER-SPEED: COMICS ALLIANCE REVIEWS ‘THE FLASH’ TELEVISION PILOT
If you’ve read my recaps of The CW’s Arrow, then you likely know I’ve been pretty hard on it. Yet I ultimately think the show accomplishes what it has brazenly set out to do since it started: be a television version of the Christopher Nolan Batman films.
The CW’s new series The Flash, which spun off from Arrow and even features a guest appearance from Arrow star Stephen Amell in its pilot episode, takes much the same approach, but the movies it attempts to emulate aren’t the dark, brooding Batman films. It’s chasing after the Spider-Man franchise. And for both better and worse, it nails it.
HERE’S THE THING, EPISODE 15: WHY’S MARK WAID’S ‘FLASH’ RUN SO GREAT
If our weekly Ask Chris column isn’t enough of definitive comic book (and pro wrestling) opinions for you, good news: ComicsAlliance is proud to present Here’s The Thing, a series of videos where you can join our own extremely opinionated senior writer, Chris Sims, as he dives into comics history to explain why you’re wrong and he’s right.
This week, a reader wants to know just what the big deal is about Mark Waid’s run on Flash in the ’90s, and, as tends to happen with this sort of things, that simple question sends Chris into a lecture about the history of the DC Universe and the underlying themes, with an argument that Flash is the third most important character in DC History.
- A good chunk of Mark Waid’s run on Flash is available digitally through Comixology. Start here to kick off with “The Return of Barry Allen”!
- If you prefer physical comics, TheReturn of Barry Allen book is currently out of print, but still available to purchase.
- “The Trial Of The Flash” is an infamously long and dragged out story, but if you want an interesting take on it, check out the archives of Tom Katers’ Tom vs. the Flash, where he went through every single issue of the Silver Age Flash, culminating here.
- Mark Waid would, of course, go on to continue making great comics, including Fantastic Four with Mike Wieringo, Daredevil with Chris Samnee, Empire with Barry Kitson, and others. Dude has a solid track record.
NEW FULL-LENGTH ‘THE FLASH’ TRAILER COMPLETELY NAILS IT
Well, that was probably a lot better than anyone could have reasonably expected.
Some quibbles aside, the first long look we’ve had at the new Flash television show comes with just about everything longtime comics readers would want to see in a modern Flash adaptation: a faithfully depicted origin of his speed powers, his partnership with STAR Labs, his battle with the Weather Wizard, and, most astonishingly, the Flash vs. a tornado.
Actor Grant Gustin may not look exactly like the square jawed, blond Barry Allen as envisioned by creators Robert Kanigher, John Broome and Carmine Infantino, but his performance in this clip expresses some crucial essences of the character. Specifically, he’s a cop, he wants to help people, he runs really damn fast, and he’s late. And while it’s sort of cheating given that the line was written by Mark Waid for ’90s Flash incarnation Wally West, it’s still pretty cool to hear the words “My name is Barry Allen and I’m the fastest man alive” spoken aloud as the Flash zooms through Central City.
FIRST PROPER ‘FLASH’ TEASER TRAILER WARNS YOU NOT TO BLINK (BUT YOU CAN ACTUALLY BLINK)
Actor Grant Gustin will portray a version of the Barry Allen incarnation of the scarlet speedster, a police scientist who encountered Arrow Oliver Queen in two episodes of the Arrow series. Produced by DC Entertainment, written by Geoff Johns, Andrew Kreisberg and Greg Berlanti, The Flash could mark the first instance of a live-action DC Comics superhero smiling since the Batman of the 1960s, which would be in keeping with the character’s traditionally bright idiom, as defined by original creators Robert Kanigher, John Broome and Carmine Infantino.
DC ENTERTAINMENT’S CONSTANTINE, IZOMBIE AND THE FLASH TV SHOWS ALL GET SERIES PICKUPS
To paraphrase the immortal Xzibit, “Yo dawg, we heard you like DC Comics, so we put DC Comics in your TV so you can watch comics while you read comics.”
Two different networks announced today that they’re picking up three different shows based on DC and Vertigo properties: Constantine on NBC, iZombie and The Flash on The CW. With Arrow headed into its third season at The CW and Gotham already in production at Fox, this fall will be filled with hour-long dramas based on DC Comics. Industry scuttlebutt is that DC Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns is the primary force behind getting these shows this far, making today a pretty good day for the longtime superhero writer.
COMICS ALLIANCE PRESENTS HERE’S THE THING, EPISODE 1: WHY ‘IMPULSE’ #3 IS THE BEST SINGLE-ISSUE STORY EVER
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This week in the debut episode, Chris tackles the question of what the greatest single issue of all time is — or at least, his favorite, same thing, right? — and declares it to be Mark Waid and Humberto Ramos‘s Impulse #3 from 1995. Check out the video to find out why!
The Flash’s TV Costume Looks Built For Speed
By Matt D. Wilson
Back in 1990 when John Wesley Shipp suited up to be a TV version of The Flash, his costume looked exactly like something out of the comic books of the time. It also looked downright impossible to run in.
The new Flash series on The CW starring Grant Gustin looks to be striking something of a balance between fealty for the look of the source material and functionality in the first image of the full suit released Tuesday by DC comics.