Superheroes are huge now and everyone is trying to one up each other. DC and Marvel are going head to head, even Marvel is going head to head with itself between parent company Disney, Fox, and Sony. The movie side of things had been dominated by Marvel since X-Men came out in 2000. Some have been good and some have been bad, but it was Marvel who took things to another level with Iron Man in 2008. While DC’s movies have made a lot of money, they have never had that huge success on the big screen like Marvel, minus the Dark Knight Trilogy.
The one thing that DC has cornered the market on is the small screen. The CW had the very popular Smallville series from 2001 to 2011. In 2012 they capitalized on that success and adapted the Emerald Archer in the show Arrow which, I might add, is one of the best shows on television right now. Now that Arrow has shown other DC characters can translate to the small screen successfully, we are getting our chance to see Barry Allen as The Flash.
The show starts with a red blur running around the city streets. We immediately get a flashback to young Barry being chased by bullies. We see his mother giving him advice and then his father comes in, the original Flash himself, John Wesley Shipp. We cut to that night, when Barry is woken by the house shaking. He heads downstairs to find his mother surrounded by yellow and red flashes of lightning. He then appears miles down the road, only to find out his father has been charged with killing his mother.
Back to the present, we see that Barry is working for CSI, and is very good at his job. We see him get to interact before he has any powers. Then because of an accident at STAR labs he gains his powers. Barry starts to learn how to control his powers, and early on getting himself into trouble similar to Spiderman in his debut movie in 2002. While trying to stop a criminal we get to see that others were affected by the same explosion and have powers as well.
[Editor’s Note: Some speedy SPOILERS coming up! You have been warned!]
At one point during the show, Barry has a flashback to the night his mother died. In the yellow light that was circling his mother he sees a yellow face. SPOILERS it looks like Reverse Flash. At the end of the show, Dr. Harrison Wells, the money behind Barry and STAR labs, who is now helping Barry, is looking at an article from 10 years in the future. He looks up and we see the same yellow flash on his face.
The Flash has a great pilot. It found a decent explanation for the powers, has a solid cast, and takes a much lighter approach compared to Arrow. But most importantly it found a way to set up major storylines right off the bat.