About a year ago I started watching the CW’s Arrow, a TV show based on the superhero Green Arrow by DC Comics. DC Comics and I go way back — once I knew Batman existed, they basically owned my heart. Over the years I developed a curiosity towards comic books, but it wasn’t until last year that I started getting into them.
About three years ago, a friend of mine named Amy introduced me to this guy named Grant Gustin — actor, singer, Instagram and Twitter lover. He starred in Glee at the time (a show I only randomly watched), but Amy was convinced that Grant was going to make it big. We watched Glee, we stayed up till 5am to watch the premiere of Lifetime’s A Mother’s Nightmare, where Grant starred opposite 90210’s Jessica Lowndes (Grant actually had a role in 90210 as well, just throwing that out there) and well — I was convinced too. Grant was going to make it big. When casting for a TV show about The Flash began, we jokingly said, “Wouldn’t it be great if Grant became Barry Allen?”
Next week, CW’s The Flash premières and Grant Gustin is Barry Allen.
For those of you who don’t know, The Flash tells the story of Barry Allen, a young man also from the DC Universe, who gets struck by lightning and gains superhuman speed in the process. Once he puts on a red supersuit (“Honey? Where is my supersuit?!”), he becomes The Flash — the city’s fastest man alive and hero, whether it was his intention to be a hero or not.
The CW’s producers have taken a ton of things from the actual comics and used them in the story, following the story as well as they could for as far as I can tell, which I’m very happy about. Whether it’s a book-to-movie, book-to-TV or comic book-to-TV or movie, a faithful adaptation makes it all worthwhile. That, combined with great casting usually make up for a lovely final product.
The CW and I have a little bit of a strained relationship – I stuck around and watched The Vampire Diaries up until season 5 and then I bowed out. I was done with the storyline and had to let the show go (very dramatic). However, the CW also offered me Reign, one of the period dramas that I really did enjoy most of the time and now recently, the CW has given me Arrow. I’m very positive about Arrow, so when I heard they were also in charge for the spin-off for The Flash, I was pretty psyched.
Grant Gustin made it big, and I’m not surprised. Once he got cast as Barry Allen, nearly everyone could see his raw excitement, the excitement in his tweets and in his Instagram posts. I feel quite confident saying that Grant Gustin is a fantastic Barry Allen, he has this character down to a T and that is what makes me excited the most. Someone who is so invested and so excited for their character brings a certain energy to a show — you can always tell.
With people like Jesse L. Martin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Rick Cosnett, Carlos Valdes and Tom Cavanagh coming together to form the rest of the cast, it looks like The Flash has got that perfect little set to put together a really cool new superhero show. There are also planned crossovers between the happenings and characters in both Arrow and The Flash, which would ultimately merge the entire thing together in what I basically like to call a Spectacular Superhero Sorbet. I’ve been rooting for more superheroes to be returned to the big screen and television and it seems like I’m getting my wish granted — several times, in fact.
You don’t have to read the comics to understand the storyline — that is the great thing about both Arrow and The Flash. The shows, to me, made me interested enough to go and check out the comics, where it all began. Once you do that, you’ll start to see differences between the comics and the shows but also similarities and that’s all part of the fun, in my opinion.
If you are at all interested in superheroes — if you, like me, glanced up at the sky at night, hoping to see Batman on one of the rooftops — this could really be a show you’d enjoy.
If you are interested, The Flash premières on October 7th on the CW and I can guarantee you I’ll be watching every episode of this (and Arrow, by the way) as it progresses.
Are you going to watch The Flash after reading this? (most likely not) Were you planning on watching it to begin with? (most likely yes) Either way, stay awesome and let me know in the comments what TV shows you’re watching, which ones you dropped and so forth. I’d love to hear from you!
P.S. Oh look. Even IMDB is excited.
As always, have a lovely day!