‘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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