March 21, 2014 | 11:33 a.m.
The Flash is the fastest man alive, but is that enough when chasing a ghost? In “The Flash” No. 29, from writer Brian Buccellato and artist Agustin Padilla, Barry Allen is in hot pursuit of who he believes may have killed his mother, a crime for which his father has long languished in prison after being wrongly convicted. But the serial killer in question is a spirit, one that possesses the living to do its bidding — and is now hunting down descendants of the man who founded Central City. Luckily, the Scarlet Speedster has some help from Deadman, who also can possess the living. Whether the spectral Keystone Killer was behind the death of Nora Allen isn’t the only mystery afoot. There’s also the question of the nature of the relationship that Capt. Darryl Frye, Barry’s superior at the […]
March 11, 2014 | 11:03 a.m.
Actor Grant Gustin is ready to run in his first full Flash costume image. The image, released Tuesday, reveals a closer look at the superhero suit Gustin will wear as the star of The CW’s new pilot “The Flash,” based on the lightning-quick DC Comics character. The red-and-gold uniform was designed by Academy Award-winner Colleen Atwood. The series, from Warner Bros. Television, comes from executive producers Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and David Nutter — the masterminds behind the breakout hit series “Arrow,” also on The CW. The show’s pilot, directed by Nutter, was co-written by Berlanti, Kreisberg and DC Entertainment’s Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns, who has cited Flash as his favorite comic character. Gustin will play Barry Allen, a scientist who becomes the fastest man alive after a freak accident. The character first appeared in comics in 1956 and […]
Feb. 28, 2014 | 10:52 a.m.
The Flash has arrived. The first image of actor Grant Gustin as Barry Allen’s super-fast superhero was released Friday, highlighting the costume designed by Oscar winner Colleen Atwood. The hero is gearing up to headline his own series for the CW, with the pilot for the new show expected to go into production next week. David Nutter will direct from a script by “Arrow” co-creators Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and DC Entertainment’s Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns, who has cited Flash as his favorite comic character. The lightning-quick DC hero has a storied history in comics. The character who becomes the fastest man alive in the wake of an accident first appeared on the paneled page in 1940 and went on to become a member of the Justice League of America. This isn’t the Flash’s first foray into live-action television, […]
July 30, 2013 | 1:53 p.m.
The Flash may be getting his own TV show, the CW announced Tuesday at the Television Critics Assn.’s summer press tour. The CW will introduce the Flash during the second season of “Arrow” before giving the scarlet speedster his own drama series, aptly named “Flash.” “We plan to introduce a recurring character [on "Arrow"] and an origin story for Dr. Barry Allen, who you know as The Flash,” said CW president Mark Pedowitz. “We’ll see how it goes. Hopefully it will go well. We do want to expand upon the DC Universe. We think that there are rich characters that we can use and we thought this was a very organic way to get there.” The Flash, the lightning-quick DC hero, first appeared in comics in 1940 and became a member of the Justice League of America. (“Arrow” producers have hinted […]
Dec. 21, 2011 | 6:04 p.m.
This (almost-over) year marked the 55th anniversary of the most famous Flash of them all, Barry Allen, who was billed as the fastest man alive in the DC Universe but also represented a graceful and historic herald announcing the Silver Age at DC. There’s been a sense of tragedy connected with character for decades now — themes of fate, sacrifice and death have become major threads in his story tapestry — so it’s no surprise to see a cemetery scene in the pages of “The Flash” No. 4, which arrives on stands next week. We’ve got an exclusive preview (you can quick-click through the pages above or find the links below that lead to larger images) of the issue, which presents the origin of the mysterious villain called Mob Rule — as well as an intriguing, wintry mood. Cover | Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3 | […]
Aug. 02, 2011 | 6:55 a.m.
Green Lantern may have a future on the big screen, but likely not with the same director. Despite the big-budget superhero movie’s disappointing box office performance so far, Warner Bros. executives still want to find a way to make a sequel work. Bringing superheroes from its DC Comics unit to the big screen is a top priority for the studio, and executives believe that the problem with “Green Lantern” was in execution, not concept. They even have ideas on how to turn things around next time. “We had a decent opening so we learned there is an audience,” said Warner Bros. film group President Jeff Robinov, pointing to the film’s box office debut of $53 million. “To go forward we need to make it a little edgier and darker with more emphasis on action…. And we have to find a […]
May 10, 2011 | 11:59 p.m.
“Not a dream, not an imaginary story, not an elseworld. This is Flash Fact: When Barry Allen wakes at his desk, he discovers the world has changed … ” That’s how DC Comics is describing its new “event,” a major story arc in which a change in the time line creates a world where Hal Jordan never became Green Lantern, the name Superman means nothing to the public and Europe was flooded during a war between a certain Amazon princess and the king of the seven seas. Go to The Source on Wednesday at 8 a.m. EDT for more on the intriguing new story line. – Geoff Boucher RECENT AND RELATED: Steve Niles scares up laughs with “Doc Macabre” Mignola on Kirby, Hollywood and one strange night in Prague Johns and Nelson usher in new DC era VIDEO: Jim Lee gives seven-minute […]
March 08, 2011 | 10:11 a.m.
The hardcover collection “The Flash: The Dastardly Death of the Rogues” has landed on store shelves, and with the writing of Geoff Johns and the art of Francis Manapul, it conveys the velocity of the Fastest Man Alive with ingenuity and grace, whether he’s dashing across the rotors of a helicopter, snatching bullets out of the air or dismantling a careening car before it hits the ground. It’s not easy to get rising artist Manapul to sit still — the Philippines native and Toronto resident is well known for his globetrotting as co-host of the television series “Beast Legends” — but I caught up with him recently to discuss his need for speed and the rich ink-wash tones he brings to bear on the Flash. GB: There may be no character that is more inherently kinetic than the Flash. That must be an enticing opportunity for a comic-book artist. FM: […]
Sept. 26, 2010 | 8:15 a.m.
Writer-director Greg Berlanti, the television veteran known for character-driven dramas such as “Everwood” and “Brothers & Sisters,” has been spending a lot of time nourishing his inner geek lately. There’s his new ABC series, “No Ordinary Family,” which premieres Tuesday, and Berlanti is one of the key screenwriters for the Warner Bros. franchise-in-the -making “Green Lantern” movie and its planned sequel. He also hopes to write and direct the big-screen adventures of another Justice League member, the Flash, and has lent some ideas to the sequel to “Clash of the Titans,” due out next year. On the non-fanboy front, he’s got the romantic comedy-drama “Life as We Know It” set to open Oct. 8. Hero Complex contributor Gina McIntyre sat down with Berlanti to chat about all his projects. GM: How did you come to write the script for “Green Lantern”? It’s very different from […]
July 22, 2010 | 12:03 p.m.
Los Angeles Times business writer Ben Fritz and I wrote a cover story that ran Wednesday in the paper’s Calendar section and this is a much longer verison of that article. The premiere for Marvel Studios’ “Iron Man 2” shut down Hollywood Boulevard in May with the year’s most bombastic red-carpet event, featuring fireworks, a heavy-metal soundtrack, go-go dancers and a parade of celebrities that included Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Mickey Rourke and Hugh Hefner. Walking through it all were two outsiders of a sort: Diane Nelson and Geoff Johns. The industry odd couple — she previously managed the Harry Potter brand for Warner Bros. but had no experience in comics, he’s a fan-favorite comic-book writer who had never worked at a studio — are the president and chief creative officer, respectively, of DC Entertainment, main comic-book rival to Marvel. Their task […]