Friday, August 02, 2013

A ROGUE AFFAIR: New Flash TV Series To Be Fired From Arrow's Quiver

As TV smash Arrow seemingly continues to build it's Suicide Squad, the CW have tasked that show's creators with proving lightning can strike twice, by developing a spin-off series based on The Flash.

Starring Barry Allen, the brighter and more super-heroic show will be co-penned by acclaimed Flash comic writer Geoff Johns, who states the hero will be called 'Flash' on screen, with the iconic suit and powers to match.

Launched from episodes 8, 9 and 20 of the next series of Arrow (20 being the spin-off pilot for the Scarlet Speedster), all three episodes will be written by Johns, along with Arrow's Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg - delivering a new look to how the hero's speed has been shown before.

Summarising the character's appeal, Kreisberg told THR "The fact he has superpowers, there's something more relatable about Barry among the Big Seven of the Justice League. He got his powers by accident; he's not a god, he's not an alien … his reactions to that feel very … human and grounded."

While casting is now underway for a man to fill the golden boots, personally speaking, the early 90's John Wesley Shipp starring Flash TV series is one of my biggest addictions. Hopefully Shipp can be worked into this cast in some way, even if it is as one of The Flash's unbeatable rogues gallery - Captain Cold perhaps?

 What do you think? 


  1. Oooh, remember when Mark Hammil played the Trickster in that? It was a big big deal. I was geeking my little heart out. I hope this is good.

  2. Trickster went from 'yawn' to OMG for me with Mark Hamill Random. The first time you heard his soon to be Joker-ish laugh, you just knew he was going to be trouble.

    Hopefully now with modern effects Grodd and Zoom aren't out of the possibility. The last series did a Reverse Flash (in a blue suit no less) but it wasn't the evil comics version, more a clone wanting to be real.

  3. Sorry guys I'm just not feeling this one. I don't see how they're going to pull it off.

    Is my favorite rogue going to be an Iceman clone. Is it Barry or Wally? Probably Barry with Flash point and all. Can they get my man Digger involved.

    I don't know it might be good.

  4. The lead is Barry for sure OA, though Flash is mainly about legacy so hopefully that holds the door open for Jay, Wally and Jesse.

    As for Digger, if Arrow is building a Suicide Squad, having him in Flash will keep continuity tight between the shows.

  5. Yeah, likewise wit Tiger, I'm not too sure about all this myself. I'll reserve final judgement one those episodes air. I will say it's a postivive direction in terms of diversity, and getting out from under the great shadows that the Superman and Batman franchises cast, s hopefully this'll be good.

    I hear ya on the Rogue worry Tiger, me too.

    And I loved the Wesley Shipp version as well. That realistic for the times cosutme lopked like it borrowed so much from Tim Burton's batman with the look and feel of it.

    Wait, didn't Danny Elfman score that show as well?

    Idk about you guys, but whenever I picture batman in my head, he's always accompanied by Elfman's classic B:TAS theme song. Always!

  6. Everyone remembers fondly the early 90s Flash series, its only fault was that awful British actress who played Barry's scientist girlfriend.
    John Wesley Shipp was pitch-perfect as the Flash, his costume looked so authentic [possibly the most realistic superhero costume EVER, if I must be honest], his only 'wrong-un' was having slightly darker hair, but he was terrific. Pity his only other claim to fame after the series ended was showing his hairy ass in an episode of NYPD Blue! Wonder if they will entice him back for a cameo in this new series?
    If the new series can only match it in terms of characterization we will be onto another winner.
    The special effects were stunning for its time - you can only imagine what they can come up with nowadays!!!
    I wish some cable tv station would repeat this old show, it seems to have disappeared off the face of the Earth, its only available on DVD.
    DC may have better success with television versions of their heroes, whilst leaving the Marvel heroes to the big screen.

  7. Thanks for the great feedback guys! Karl, John was in every series of Dawson's Creek. Like you I thought he was pitch pefect as Flash and still do. While I never took to D.C. it was good to see him again, although I felt horrible for him when the gossip mill started in on him. As a private guy, that must've been hard to take, true or not.

    I have the series on DVD and watch it often. I'm even thinking of going through reviews on each episode her on IADW before the new series starts. I will do the pilot at least.

    Danny was a movie God Dale, wait what am I saying, he still is! I agree with hearing his Batman too. Mind you I think his music gave the Tim Burton movies as much of an atmosphere as the sets or actors did.

  8. God yes how did I miss Dawson's Creek, yeah he was in that. I vaguely recall that show but never got into it cause anything Katie Holmes-connected usually makes me heave. He was someone's dad in it wasn't he?

  9. Dan I almost forgot BT is from Central City. Let's go Flash spin off.

  10. Yeah Karl he was the dad in that, which I think fuelled the rumours.

    OA that would be pretty cool. Maybe even Firestorm could pop up. I always thought that concept was pretty tv friendly.

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