DC Comics has released this first look at Grant Gustin in the Flash mask for the TV series pilot, which begins filming any day now.
The costume for The Flash was designed by three-time Oscar® winner Colleen Atwood, who also designed the costume for Arrow and whose motion picture credits include Academy Awards® for her work on Alice in Wonderland, Memoirs of a Geisha and Chicago, as well as seven additional Oscar® nominations for films such as Snow White and the Huntsman, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Sleepy Hollow.
What do you think? There’s a definite New 52 resemblance with the chin strap and visible seams (thankfully without the bright yellow piping). I find it interesting that they went with lightning bolts rather than wings for the earpieces (personally I prefer wings on Barry Allen and lightning bolts on Wally West, but that’s just me) and what appears to be a flat look on them…not unlike the movie version of another famous superhero with wings on his ears, Captain America. I wonder if it’s a fashion trend in costume designers, or if it’s one of those things that doesn’t quite translate from drawing to something that a person actually wears?
IMDB is now listing actor Al Sapienza as playing Central City detective Fred Chyre. Presumably he’ll be a police force colleague of Barry Allen, and it’ll be interesting to see a character from the Wally West era melded into Barry’s supporting cast. It seems likely that Barry’s day job will be a major part of the series, based on the number of police-related characters in the cast (Detective West, Eddie Thawne, and now Chyre).
Sapienza is in his early 50s and is a good physical match to play Chyre. He has a long filmography (including a role in The Sopranos) and is clearly an experienced actor. He should be a good addition to the show’s cast, which is filling out nicely. The pilot begins filming next week.
This issue of The Flash features a team up with Deadman! And, who else would you want when fighting an otherworldly adversary like the Keystone Killer? We learn a lot about the history of the Gem Cites and the crime upon which it was founded…and get hints at even more secrets…in this excellent issue of the The Flash!
LIGHT SPOILERS ONLY
Flash #29 by Brian Buccellato and Patrick Zircher is out today. You can find a preview on DC’s blog.
The Flash and Deadman team up to stop the Keystone Killer! How far back do the killings go, and is his target the key? What or who are the “Fletchers”?
And in digital backissues, we have….
The Flash #163 (1987-2008 series)
A mysterious villain has rigged five bombs to simultaneously kill the Flash, Superman, Batman, Green Lantern and Aquaman. Can the Flash rescue them all in a single heartbeat? – Written by Pat McGrealwith art by Ron Lim and Dough Hazlewood, cover by Steve Lightle.
This connects the re-releases with the next big section that’s already available digitally: Flash #164-182, covering “Wonderland” by Geoff Johns and Angel Unzueta plus a full year of the Geoff Johns/Scott Kolins run on the Wally West series (including “Blood to Run” and the stories collected in “Rogues”) have been available for a while now.
This would make the digital series complete from #1 through #182…except that DC still hasn’t released #116-119 from the Waid/Augustyn run, featuring the second half of “Race Against Time” and a “Final Night” tie-in.
Here’s hoping for a “Flash 102” sale sometime this year to fill in the gaps.
Hey Speed Readers,
You all may remember Nick Kuilder from our Fifth Anniversary Contest we held back in June. We asked everyone “Why They Loved The Flash” and we all found Nick’s answer to be both inspiring and heartwarming. Now Nick is back with a fun little piece of work we like to call, Nick Kuilder’s Adventures of Barry Allen Part One featuring DC Collectibles New 52 Flash! Check it out after the break!
Deadline reports that Michelle Harrison has been cast as Nora Allen, Barry Allen’s mother. We learned in Barry’s Arrow appearances that the show picks up on the post-Rebirth* and New 52 history, in which she was killed during his childhood, and his father was falsely accused and imprisoned for the murder. (In fact, the show hinted that, as in the comics, the Reverse Flash is her real killer.) So we’ll be seeing her in flashbacks.
The pilot for The Flash starts shooting early next month.
*In the original Silver Age and Bronze Age comics, Nora and Henry Allen were still alive throughout Barry Allen’s superhero career. Flash: Rebirth involved the Reverse-Flash changing history.