The Flash

It’s that time of year when the TV networks clear the crap off their channel and fill it up with new crap. The hope, of course, is the new crap sticks around and gains an audience. While we don’t follow a lot of TV here on /Film, we do follow big comic book shows and three new DC Comics TV shows just got picked up. Two on The CW and another on NBC.

The first, and most obvious, is The Flash, the Arrow spinoff starring Grant Gustin as the iconic DC Comics speedster. Then there’s iZombie, Veronica Mars‘ creator Rob Thomas’s adaptation of the Vertigo comic. Then, over on NBC, Constantine, starring Matt Ryan as a supernatural detective, got picked up too. All three DC Comics TV shows are expected to air in the Fall. Read More »

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The Full ‘Flash’ Costume Has Been Revealed

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Grant Gustin‘s full Flash costume has been revealed. A few weeks back, we saw a glimpse of the helmet that’ll be used on the upcoming CW pilot, but now, we have our first look at the full head-to-toe costume. Check it out below. Read More »

‘The Flash’ Photo: See Grant Gustin in Costume

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The Flash pilot starts filming next week and, in anticipation of the shoot, Warner Bros. Television has released the first look at actor Grant Gustin in the Flash suit. Check it out below. Read More »

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Briefly: Perhaps the strangest bit of casting for The CW’s new Arrow spin-off, The Flash, is the role given to the actor who played The Flash for CBS from 1990 to 1991. John Wesley Shipp, before playing Dawson’s father on Dawson’s Creek, was both Barry Allen and The Flash in the single-season show that featured 22 episodes of The Fastest Man Alive running around in a Stan Winston-built suit.

Shipp reportedly has a recurring role on the show, but his precise character has not been revealed. Can we now expect Mark Hamill’s Trickster to appear, too?

The rest of the cast for the new show includes Grant Gustin as Barry Allen, Candice Patton as Iris West, Jesse L. Martin as Iris’s father, Detective West, Rick Gosnett as Central City Police Detective Eddie Thawne, Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon, Danielle Panabaker as S.T.A.R. Labs bioengineer Caitlin Snow and Tom Cavanagh as S.T.A.R. Labs CEO Harrison Wells.

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The Scientist

Thursday marks a pretty momentous occasion in the DC Universe. That’s the day the latest episode of Arrow premieres, with the first appearance of a major character in both the TV universe, and maybe the movie universe as well. We’re talking about Barry Allen, aka The Flash, who’ll have a two episode arc on Arrow starting with Thursday’s episode, The Scientist.

Like the grand comic book tradition of “first appearances” though, Allen (played by Grant Gustin) doesn’t show up fully formed as The Flash. He’s just a scientist investigating a crime. Watch a clip below. Read More »

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Over the summer, it was revealed that Barry Allen, aka The Flash, was going to be introduced on the CW series Arrow. Grant Gustin was cast in the role and the plan was that after appearing in two episodes of Arrow, a later episode would highlight the Flash and serve as a “backdoor” pilot for the character.

Those plans have now changed. After seeing Gustin in his first two Arrow episodes, numbers 8 and 9 airing December 4 and 11, executives have decided the character will get his own pilot instead of it being disguised as an episode of Arrow.

Update: The image above is the first official still of Gustin as Barry Allen, as he appears int he December 4 episode of Arrow.

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Tom Hanks Would Love to Play a Batman Villain, or The Flash

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You’d think an actor as popular, talented, and versatile as Tom Hanks would have his pick of the roles, and it’s true he’s had some interesting parts over the years. He’s been a soldier, an astronaut, a cowboy, a ship captain, and an entertainment mogul. He has two Academy Awards, and three additional nominations on top of that.

But in a recent interview, Hanks reveals that the one job he can’t seem to get is as a comic book superhero. “God, I want to throw a shield at somebody,” he said. He named The Flash as a dream role, but said he’d also be up for playing a Batman villain. Hit the jump to read Hanks’ comments.

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