EDITORIAL: Making THE FLASH TV Series Work

EDITORIAL: Making THE FLASH TV Series Work

With The Flash spinning off from Arrow and almost assuredly getting the series order, heated debate is sure to come over this beloved hero. Regardless of what we get in the future, a Flash TV show is what we're getting now, so as fans.. what do we want?

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By GliderMan - 2/3/2014


When the Flash was first announced to be headed to the small screen, some rejoiced and some bitched. People in favor said this would give ample time to develop Barry Allen as a character as well as his wide number of supporting characters, while others complained that the Flash was too big of a character to confine to the television. Both sides make good points, but regardless, this is what we get.

Below is listed what I think would make the Flash TV series click and work with fans. But, as one of thousands of fans, will my ideas match up with the rest of you nerds? Read on and let me know!

Hawaii Five-O/NCIS influence




These shows--not always, but usually--have a villain of the week in each episode, while still managing to have some big arc overall. To a lesser extent Arrow has done this as well. That's something I really like about those shows--in both Hawaii Five-O, NCIS and Arrow, there's a team working together to catch the elusive bad guy. Remember, in the series Barry Allen is a crime scene investigator, so we're bound to get some scenes like this. I'm just hoping it happens more often than it doesn't, as it would show how Barry has to balance his life as a police scientist and a superhero, and how those two roles intertwine.

Similar to Iron Man in tone




Similar, not exact. What I mean by this is that the show should be generally light-hearted in tone, but able to be serious when needed. Kind of like reverse-Arrow; it is by and large dark and serious, but it knows how to handles it's humor and fun moments as well.

For instance, for the most part Iron Man was a fun, humorous movie, but when Obadiah Stane was revealed to be the villain and Iron Man himself went overseas to take out terrorists, it showed a serious side. This would work because while the Flash isn't a straight-up smartass like Spider-Man, he has his witty moments and his character is not on the darker side like Batman.

New 52




New 52 the shit out of it. Just kidding, but seriously, don't be afraid to add some New 52 elements to the show. Like in the most recent Flash comic, Flash #27, it was revealed that Barry Allen's boss, Captain Frye, had a history with Barry's mother, who was killed. Things like this would add good plots to the story, as well as drama (I for one think that the Flash should be easy on the drama, something the CW might not know how to do). If you haven't already, go read issues #26 and #27 of the Flash. Both comics would make great individual live-action episodes themselves.

Don't give us a half-assed version of the Flash costume. If they do, the show will fail. Maybe, MAYBE for the first couple episodes, but absolutely no longer. After that, give us the costume we all want to see.

So what do YOU want from the Flash TV show? Or do you even want one at all? Sound off in the usual place, and as always thanks for reading!
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ComicBookConnections - 2/3/2014, 4:35 PM
You forgot the most important part...add it to the DCCU
MetahumanAbominationKlone - 2/3/2014, 5:30 PM
Meh. Grant reminds me of Peter Parker. I see Peter Parker when he acts as Barry. Personally, I would love that Goode. Really hope that rumor is true.
feedonatreefrog - 2/3/2014, 5:31 PM
@ComicBookConnections

Nope. Not important at all.

(well...perhaps important for ratings).
GliderMan - 2/3/2014, 5:39 PM
@MAC "Personally, I would love that Goode. Really hope that rumor is true."
What are you talking about?
MightyZeus - 2/3/2014, 5:40 PM
I know it would have been better if The Flash was adapted to film but i think a tv show can pull it off.

Just keep the tv Flash away from the DCCU and keep it with in it's ow universe along side Arrow.
feedonatreefrog - 2/3/2014, 5:41 PM
I would love for the show to embrace the wackiness of the Flash



But it might be hard to do on a TV budget.

Maybe best to leave the VFX mayhem for a movie. A Flash movie could be one of the most intense, inventive visual experiences ever put on film.



darkknight2149 - 2/3/2014, 5:50 PM
What I want to know is why Killer Frost is in the show. I mean, she's not even a Flash villain (she's a Firestorm villain). Why would the show need Frost when they can use Captain Cold? I'm OK with her being in the show on two conditions: we still get Captain Cold and it doesn't feel repetitive. But why two ice villains? Will she be Cold's love interest?
GliderMan - 2/3/2014, 5:58 PM
@darkknight My guess is they're holding out Captain Cold so that he can be the big bad of a later season or movie.
ComicBookConnections - 2/3/2014, 6:01 PM
see connecting to the dccu is important for many reasons...but in the case of the new 52 i think gustin is barry...he young...and different from the barry of the past...also in concern to casting iris as a different race for the show (which has been brought up in other articles) that will not affect wally's race due to the fact that there will NOT be a wally if they take the new 52 route....much like it seems MoS is doing...drawing from the new 52...
preacherfan666 - 2/3/2014, 6:08 PM
i want to see it as a cross between X-files and Static Shock.
Praetorian - 2/3/2014, 6:34 PM
So maybe the explosion of the Particle accelerator has effected several people in Central City. Can't wait to see: Mirror Master, Captain Cold and my personal favorite: Gorilla Grodd.
Praetorian - 2/3/2014, 6:35 PM
The Gorilla Grodd episode should be like Rise of the Planet of the Apes with action sequences reminiscent of World War Z with the Flash thrown in. If they have such a budget which I doubt.
BenjiWest - 2/3/2014, 8:50 PM
@GliderMan - how do you think the Flash title holds up when compared with other 52 titles? Top ten? Five? Number 1?

@Praetorian - Yes! My favorite is Grodd as well. I always thought they could explain Bigfoot sightings in the DCU as escapees of Gorilla City.
Pedrito - 2/3/2014, 10:34 PM
Do the Rogues justice and we'll have a great show.
Captain Cold with his cheesy gun is great, not this iceman new fitty crap.
And Mark Hamill as Trickster I.
6of13 - 2/4/2014, 2:44 AM
Goode for Flash. Yes please.

Nice write up. The CGI will have to be top notch so as to look (for lack of a better word) cool and plausible otherwise cheesy cheap looking CGI will make everything look cheap and cheesy.

Also, they need to take into consideration some real science and physics when doing the CGI and the reason for his speed - like how does the Flash not create sonic booms and set of car alarms and break windows every time he runs. I say they really need to bring in the Speed Force and explain it as a combination of real modern theoretical physics and some sci-fi.
HecticHector - 2/4/2014, 4:38 AM
You nailed it man!
LEEE777 - 2/4/2014, 6:09 AM
Yeah, make it as good as the old CBS FLASH show too!
lastCzarnian - 2/4/2014, 8:26 AM
I agree, I don't think the CW can do a non-drama filled show.
Archangel82 - 2/4/2014, 10:41 AM
Just give us an awesome comicbook looking Flash costume. If the Flash doesn't have his trademark costume then this show will not work for me. Other than Arrow why is it hard to get authentic comicbook looking characters on tv.
RajunRemyLebeau - 2/4/2014, 11:06 AM
Couldn't agree more with your pitch. I was overwhelmed with glee when I saw the origin episode of the Flash on Arrow. They aren't giving us a bunch of bs how-it-could-happen-in-the-real-world crap, just make it a comic book show. I hope Justice League(Man of Steel 2) embraces this.
GreenLanternFan - 2/4/2014, 11:22 AM
@Pedrito In Forever Evil Captain Cold lost his powers and reverted back to using the cold gun ;-)
DrunkenPirateNukem - 2/4/2014, 12:12 PM
@Praetorian...gorilla grodd must be done..but i think he is a second season villain...when Barry is more mature and adapted to his abilities

1st season villains could be trickster, mirror master and captain boomerang (waller shows up for Suicide Squad). mid season capt cold origin story...and the season finale reverse flash cameo..

2ndo season heatwave, gorilla grodd and the return of Cyrus Gold AKA Solomon Grundy...season finale with captain cold and the cameo of Hal Jordan

GliderMan - 2/4/2014, 2:44 PM
@Duke Noo. Save Captain Cold
robinhood - 2/4/2014, 3:52 PM
i want them to introduce wally west like they did to roy on arrow. on the 15th episode

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