The Flash TV Show: What We Know So Far About Arrow's Spin-off

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After becoming a dominant force in the world of blockbuster movies, comic books are now ready to take over television. The invasion has already started, with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Arrow both running weekly, but soon we will also see Gotham, Agent Carter, and Constantine invade the airways as well. Perhaps the most exciting in-development project of the bunch, however, is the Flash series that is currently in the works over at the CW.

While we first learned about the Flash TV show last July, it’s been picking up steam over the last few months as it heads towards its fall debut (Tuesday, October 7) with plenty of casting updates and story details being revealed. Of course we are still in the dark about a few things, so what is it really that we know so far? Now you can read our handy guide and find out.

Grant Gustin as Flash
Barry Allen, The Flash
The Barry Allen version of The Flash has been in pop culture for more than a half-century, with thousands of stories told about him both individually and along with the Justice League, but we should probably just focus on this iteration of the character. Being played by Grant Gustin, Barry appeared on two episodes of Arrow in the first half of the second season where he was introduced as a crime scene investigator from Central City who has a special interest in super-powered crimes due to the fact that his mother was a victim of one. Following his time in Starling City, he returns back home just in time to get caught in the explosive blast that comes as a result of an accident involving the S.T.A.R. Labs Particle Accelerator. This big boom incapacitates Barry for some time and he spends a long time unconscious in the hospital, but when he awakens he discovers that he has somehow been given the power of super speed, which he then uses to become a vigilante fighting for good.

One of the recent previews reveals Barry's first conscious breaths, post lightning storm. And the extended trailer digs a bit deeper into the re-introduction of this character.

Original Flash star John Wesley-Shipp will play Barry Allen's father, who was wrongly convicted of a crime and is now behind bars.

The Flash costume
The Costume
Covered from head to toe in scarlet and little lightning bolts, Flash’s look is easily one of the most iconic in in the history superheroes, and from what we’ve seen so far, the upcoming Flash TV series will be doing that design justice. Made out of both leather and an interesting mesh material that will probably serve a special function reducing friction while the hero runs, the costume looks like it was ripped straight from the pages of the comics and while we’re reserving final judgment until we get to see the thing in motion, you can consider us very pleased.

Smallville and Arrow
The Guys In Charge
While its completely expected to stand on its own, the Flash TV show is technically an Arrow spin-off, so it should surprise very few that there are some shared names between the projects. Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg, who are both writers and producers on Arrow, will be soon bringing the Scarlet Speedster to a TV near you soon with some help from Geoff Johns, the DC comic book writer who also worked on a couple episodes of Smallville. Following the success of both Superman and Green Arrow on the small screen, now the hope is that they can do the same thing for The Flash.

The Flash on Arrow
How Does It Connect With Arrow?
Much like how Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and Hulk can come together to form The Avengers on the big screen, the Flash TV show and Arrow exist in the same universe, and there's a pretty good chance we will end up seeing a good amount of crossover between the two. As mentioned, Grant Gustin’s Barry Allen already appeared on two episodes of the established superhero show, and they wound up creating a pretty cool origin story. Caitlin Snow, played by Danielle Panabaker, and Cisco Ramon, played by Carlos Valdes have also appeared on Arrow. Given that the two projects will be set in different cities they will act independently and have their own stories, but crossover is definitely something we should expect.
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