DC Comics has given FOX it’s pre-Batman TV series Gotham. It’s also provided The CW with a surprise hit show in the form of Green Arrow’s Arrow.
And now, DC’s fastest superhero there is will be making his way to The CW Network too. The Flash is ready to join the superhero TV lineup alongside his contemporaries. The show’s cast has been finalized, several episodes have already finished filming and the debut episode is hitting your boob tube on October 7, 2014.
Here’s everything we need to know about 2014’s TV re-introduction of DC Comics’ The Flash!
1. The Show Was Officially Announced in 2013
The 2014 edition of The Flash TV series was initially announced by the co-creators of the Arrow show, Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg. Including these two producers, Arrow’s pilot producer David Nutter and DC Comics’ own Geoff Johns have also signed on to work on the show. In the Fall TV Preview Issue of Entertainment Weekly, CW’S president Mark Pedowitz spoke about how quickly his network was on board to feature the show:
They delivered on Arrow pretty quickly, and The Flash is a DC character that never got his full due.
2. It Will Detail The Flash’s Origins and Follow Along on His Superhero Journey
The Flash’s initial premise focuses on Barry Allen, an assistant police forensic investigator for Central City. He’s taken in by Detective Iris West after witnessing his mother’s death and watching his father get wrongly accused for the murder. While searching for any evidence on the case of his deceased mother and incarcerated father, Barry comes into contact with Harrison Wells’ particle accelerator at S.T.A.R. Labs.
During a massive explosion of the device, Barry is suddenly struck by lightning and falls into a 9-month coma. After finally waking up, Barry discovers that he’s been blessed with the super powers of super speed. Once he figures out that he’s not the only metahuman that was birthed by the lightning strike explosion, Barry decides to transition into saving Central City as The Flash.
3. The Flash is Being Played by Grant Gustin
Actor Grant Gustin will be handling the lead role for the show as Barry Allen aka The Flash. He received the main role after being cast in September 2013. Grant Gustin can be seen running at superhuman speeds due to the amazing special effects that were implemented during the show’s shooting and production. His superhero attire comes in with a darker shade of red that includes The Flash’s iconic yellow thunderbolt chest piece.
4. The Flash of the 1990 TV Series Will Be Featured
Barry Allen’s father (Henry Allen) on the new show is actually being played by John Wesley Shipp, the actor who previously played the part of The Flash from the 90’s TV series. As for who’s been cast as Barry Allen’s mother (Nora Allen), Michelle Harrison will be playing that role.
5. The Daughter of Detective West Has Been Cast as an African-American Woman
Iris West Allen, the daughter of Detective Joe West (played by Jesse L. Martin), will actually be played an African-American woman this time around. Actress Candice Patton will be handling this recurring role throughout the show.