‘The Flash’: Trailer spotlights Grant Gustin’s heroic turn for CW show

May 15, 2014 | 12:00 p.m.
flash The Flash: Trailer spotlights Grant Gustins heroic turn for CW show

Grant Gustin shows off his Flash costume in the first full-body image released for The CW series "The Flash." (Jack Rowand / Warner Bros.)

Actor Grant Gustin is ready to run in the first full trailer for the new CW series.

The five-minute clip, released Thursday, reveals a closer look at Gustin’s take on the superhero for the network’s upcoming comic-book series “The Flash,” based on the lightning-quick DC Comics character. Gustin’s red-and-gold uniform was designed by Academy Award-winner Colleen Atwood.

Check it out below.

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 went on to become a founding member of the Justice League of America.

The new series won’t be the Flash’s first foray into live-action television. John Wesley Shipp played the hero in the short-lived CBS series “The Flash,” which ran for one season in 1990. It’s unclear how the character’s return to television will affect Warner Bros.’ reported plans for a Flash movie to be written by Berlanti, Johns, Marc Guggenheim, Chris Brancato and Michael Green.

Still, superheroes are proving a boon for the CW. “Smallville,” the Superman prequel series that ran for 10 seasons, garnered devoted fan support, and “Arrow” has become a huge success for the network.

What do you think of the new “Flash” trailer? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

–  Gina McIntyre and Noelene Clark | @LATHeroComplex


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5 Responses to ‘The Flash’: Trailer spotlights Grant Gustin’s heroic turn for CW show

  1. zryson says:

    There’s nothing really heroic about the extended trailer for the CW series ‘The Flash.’ The suit looks tacky and cheap and the visuals? Well they look nearly as bad as the suit. The only redeeming quality seems to be in the pretty-boy casting – which no doubt CW are hoping translates into big ratings. But as far as production values are concerned the series looks like garbage.

  2. Greg says:

    That looks… incredible actually. Quite looking forward to it.

  3. Don says:

    All I can say for him is that he looks perfect as barry allen “the flash” so make movie now with man of steel.

  4. Jimmy says:

    Looks good to me, but trails can be deceiving and I've watched every episode of arrow and wonder htf can it still be going. The fact that the same guys that came up with arrow are the ones behind the flash series worries me. I hope it doesn't lead into another hero who's ideals, morals, and behavior flips flops every other episode. It's so annoying how every character in arrow goes through the same emotions in which they're sometimes mad and vengeful, pitiful and weak, or strong and motivated or the pep talker for the episode. The scenes looking back into arrows past were cool for the first few episodes maybe even the first season to get an understanding of the character, but it seems that they're dragging the shit out as filler. It weak and uneccassry.

  5. DCfan says:

    Honestly, this looks good and I want to watch. I have not thought that about any other CW DC comics related show. He looks a little young, but if the CSI shows proved anything…young is smart right? I do not know if the whole support team is a good idea. It makes sense in reality, but when so many normal human people know a heroes identity, then the writers use it to make unnecessary drama. I like that Zoom is there at Barry's mom's murder and the Arrow's cameo and him saying that the lightning chose Barry. Arrow and Smallville are popular so I won't bash them..however, this Flash series seems to respect the source material a little more than Arrow and Smallville did. And is Oliver going to be the "Main" hero in this universe??? There is nothing wrong with that I just wonder…he seems to accept Barry's abilities, if an alien hero shows up will this Arrow then be as accepting or more like Batman "trust no meta-human"? If they have plans for a Batman someday than it would be warped to have 2 un-trusting heroes. BUT if flash takes off, then CW should start developing a real Batman show, "Gotham" will take too long to produce a Batman. I do not know if a DC universe without a Supes or Bats at the helm will work too well. Supes can be "secondary" because his character does not personally demand "I am the leader" and he's not an earthling so shows like Arrow and Flash can play that on for a while…but Batman has too much history to be secondary to the Green Arrow in any medium. For example Iron Man started the Marvel Cinematic Universe and established him as the first modern hero, however in the Avengers movie it was clear soon after Coulson's death that Captain America was the leader of the team. So the producers gave Stark that scene with Loki in Stark Tower to show respect to what Iron Man did for the MCU. But it ended there because in Iron Man 3 we got a 'Freaking Out Tony'…I could go on and on and on…The CW can do what it wants and I will watch or not. "Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D." should be an example to the CW of wasted potential.

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