It’s a big day for trailers today, as the CW Network has unveiled this lengthy, five-plus minute promo for their Arrow spin-off series, The Flash. The show will return young actor Grant Gustin to the role of police forensic specialst Barry Allen, who first appeared an early season two episode of Arrow and hit it off with the Felicity Smoak character. At the end of his guest arc on Arrow, Barry returned home to Central City, just in time to get struck by a bolt of lightning caused by a S.T.A.R. labs Particle Accelerator explosion. As in the comics, Barry gains the power of super speed (and super-fast regeneration, apparently), and becomes the protector of Central City as The red-clad superhero known as the Flash.
This trailer gives us some exciting glimpses of the Flash’s speed powers (some of the effects look great, others look kind of goofy), as well as an appearance by the Reverse-Flash, who murders young Barry’s Mom in an extended flashback sequence. Like Arrow, The Flash looks filled with DC Comics references and Easter Eggs; I spotted a Ferris Aircraft sign (a Green Lantern callback), The Weather Wizard, The Reverse-Flash, S.T.A.R. Labs, and Ollie himself makes an appearance to give Barry some sage advice.
Overall, this looks fairly decent. The cinematography and lighting of the show is in line with the dark, sodium-drenched stuff seen in Arrow, and the brief glimpses of the costume make it look a lit less goofy than the shots snapped during filming of the pilot (I still don’t like the color and the two-piece jacket look, though). I’ll be giving this a shot come Fall; will you?
Here’s the official synopsis from the network:
“Barry Allen was just 11 years old when his mother was killed in a bizarre and terrifying incident and his father was falsely convicted of the murder. With his life changed forever by the tragedy, Barry was taken in and raised by Detective Joe West, the father of Barry’s best friend, Iris. Now, Barry has become a brilliant, driven and endearingly geeky CSI investigator, whose determination to uncover the truth about his mother’s strange death leads him to follow up on every unexplained urban legend and scientific advancement that comes along.
Barry’s latest obsession is a cutting edge particle accelerator, created by visionary physicist Harrison Wells and his S.T.A.R. Labs team, who claim that this invention will bring about unimaginable advancements in power and medicine. However, something goes horribly wrong during the public unveiling, and when the devastating explosion causes a freak storm, many lives are lost and Barry is struck by lightning. After nine months in a coma, Barry awakens to find his life has changed once again – the accident has given him 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. In the months since the accident, the city has seen a sharp increase in missing people, unexplained deaths and other strange phenomena. Barry now has a renewed purpose – using his gift of speed to protect the innocent, while never giving up on his quest to solve his mother’s murder and clear his father’s name. 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. “