After the first trailer for the CW‘s Arrow spin-off show The Flash just about broke the Internet last month, fans have been chomping at the bit to find out more about the show. We can expect the CW marketing machine to go into overdrive soon, but they’ve decided to start slowly with a clip featuring the scientific team at S.T.A.R. Labs (Scientific and Technological Advanced Research) and a plot synopsis for the series pilot.
Let’s start with the Star Labs clip that helps introduce the S.T.A.R. Labs team. You’ll see Harrison Wells, the head of STAR Labs played by Tom Cavanagh, Caitlin Snow played by Danielle Panabaker (Snow became Killer Frost in the comics), and Cisco Ramon played by Carlos Valdes, who we all know will become the superhero Vibe.The trio cared for Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) after he was struck by that strange lightning and put into a coma for nine months.
Next up is the official synopsis for the series pilot:
Barry Allen was just 11 years old when his mother was killed in a bizarre and terrifying incident and his father was falsely convicted of the murder. With his life changed forever by the tragedy, Barry was taken in and raised by Detective Joe West, the father of Barry’s best friend, Iris.
Now, Barry has become a brilliant, driven and endearingly geeky CSI investigator, whose determination to uncover the truth about his mother’s strange death leads him to follow up on every unexplained urban legend and scientific advancement that comes along. Barry’s latest obsession is a cutting edge particle accelerator, created by visionary physicist Harrison Wells and his S.T.A.R. Labs team, who claim that this invention will bring about unimaginable advancements in power and medicine. However, something goes horribly wrong during the public unveiling, and when the devastating explosion causes a freak storm, many lives are lost and Barry is struck by lightning.
After nine months in a coma, Barry awakens to find his life has changed once again – the accident has given him the power of super speed, granting him the ability to move through Central City like an unseen guardian angel. Though initially excited by his newfound powers, Barry is shocked to discover he is not the only “meta-human” who was created in the wake of the accelerator explosion – and not everyone is using their new powers for good. In the months since the accident, the city has seen a sharp increase in missing people, unexplained deaths and other strange phenomena. Barry now has a renewed purpose – using his gift of speed to protect the innocent, while never giving up on his quest to solve his mother’s murder and clear his father’s name. For now, only a few close friends and associates know that Barry is literally the fastest man alive, but it won’t be long before the world learns what Barry Allen has become…The Flash.
There’s a lot of different things that can make a fan hopeful about this success of this spin-off show. The Flash shares producers and writers from the successful and much-loved Arrow series, as well as shooting in the same city. We’ll see Green Arrow in the Pilot, he does give Barry Allen his superhero name after all, but the possibilities are good that there will be frequent cameos and crossovers between the shows.
While conducting a Q&A panel at Phoenix Comic Con, Arrow star Stephen Amell commented on that very thing.
There seems to be an important style difference between the two series, Arrow being the gritty, more often dark superhero story, and The Flash looking like it will be more lighthearted and fast-moving. Both series will be bringing tons of DC comics cameos and appearances to the small screen. As Amell said in the panel video above, DC has been very generous, allowing lots of DC Easter Eggs to be slipped into Arrow. We can expect the same for The Flash.
Which Flash, or just DC character would you like to see show up in The Flash?