One day after teasing the world the night before during the season finale of The CW's "Arrow," the network has released an official full five-minute trailer for their upcoming new series "The Flash." Starring Grant Gustin as Barry Allen, the speeding superhero Flash will have his own spinoff series debuting on the network in the fall of 2014.
There was plenty of information to absorb from this first look at the series and what looks to be a chunk of the pilot plot. Here are five things we can take away from "The Flash" full trailer looking towards the arrival of the new series!
Barry will have his own team of confidants
Like the previous CW DC Comics adapted shows “Smallville” and “Arrow,” Flash will have his own support group of people aware of his heroic identity that aid him as informants. “Smallville” gave Clark Kent a watchtower with Chloe Sullivan aiding him on his journey while “Arrow” has surrounded Ollie with his own set of partners, John Diggle and Felicity Smoak.
It seems Barry will have an affiliation of sorts with S.T.A.R. Labs after being struck by the bolt of lightning that turned him into the Scarlet Speedster. The trailer heavily features two people involved with S.T.A.R. Labs, Caitlin Snow (Danielle Panabaker) and Cisco Ramon (Carlos Valdes) aiding Barry in his vigilante work.
No reluctance to have heroes crossover in early seasons
During the first few seasons of the Superman origin series, “Smallville” producers created a rule that prohibited Clark from flying or wearing his iconic costume. This also kept them from bringing in established comic heroes into the live-action fold until around season four. With this new CW shared universe forming in “Arrow,” there is no prohibition or timetable restricting producers from further expanding by introducing other heroes in the first season of "The Flash."
Barry Allen himself made his debut in season two of “Arrow” while the DC heroines, Huntress and Black Canary have both made early entrances into that series. It’s pretty clear that this new shared universe is willing to paint itself into a bigger picture hastily.
Established villains are already planted
In the trailer, which heavily features content from the pilot, two major DC villains seem to already be implanted from the get go. One of Barry’s confidants in the trailer, Danielle Panabaker’s Caitlin Snow is actually the long time comic villain Killer Frost.
Another comic villain that has been casted early on and appears to play a big role in the future of the series is Eddie Thawne (Rick Cosnett) who is arguably Flash’s most famous adversary. The trailer teases that a yellow and red blurred meta-human killed Barry’s mother when he was young. From the looks of things it seems like the re-occurring villain will be the classic Reverse-Flash. He may fill the same shoes Deathstroke does in “Arrow.”
Freaks of the week return?
“Smallville” followed a very specific and self-acknowledged format early during its 10 year run. The “Freaks of the week” format involved a new villain every week, with that specific story arc completed within one episode. “Arrow” has somewhat deviated from that format, as the show has been building through the foundation of Ollie’s island encounter and his crusade to avenge the deaths from the shipwreck that included his father.
In “The Flash” full trailer, the night Barry is hit by the bolt of lightning, the explanation for the event is as follows: “[the] dimensional barrier ruptured unleashing unknown energies into our world.” The trailer showed a map which highlighted a very high amount of areas struck. If Barry was granted powers because of the freak event, then it is highly likely an ensemble of villains will also exist because of it. In the trailer, we’re introduced to a villain who can somehow control the weather. This concept could be similar to how the kryptonite from Clark’s ship created the "Smallville" meteor freaks.
Could we see a New 52 Wally West?
Barry Allen’s long time love interest Iris West is portrayed by African-American actress Candice Patton in the CW series. Traditionally Iris West has always been Caucasian and so has her nephew and future Flash mantle holder, Wally West. With the New 52 re-boot, Wally has now changed his ethnicity to Black which could hypothetically match up with the on-screen West family in “The Flash.”
Joining Patton as her on-screen father is fellow African-American actor Jesse L. Martin as Detective West, Barry’s superior and surrogate father of Iris. If Wally does make an appearance later on in the series, could we possibly see a Black Wally West?