Flash: Comic-Con to air Scarlet Speedster’s new TV pilot episode

Flash: Comic-Con to air Scarlet Speedster’s new TV pilot episode

The Flash. Warner Bros. PR image for new fall series on The CW.
The Flash. Warner Bros. PR image for new fall series on The CW.

SAN DIEGO, July 23, 2014 – Tonight is designated as Preview Night at Comic-Con 2014, which is being held at the San Diego Convention Center. Word is that the hottest preview might just be the pilot episode for the CW’s new televised series, “The Flash,” now scheduled to premiere this fall beginning Tuesday, October 7, in the 8 p.m. time slot.

‘We’re incorporating almost everything from the mythology into it and have added a whole new backstory’ with the S.T.A.R. Labs particle accelerator, Geoff Johns, CEO of DC Entertainment, said during the panel for the new series, according to Deadline Hollywood. Johns said ‘the most faithful DC Comic adaption ever’ includes using as many characters from the comic series as possible.

The new superhero series, starring Grant Gustin as Barry Allen/The Flash, is a spinoff of CW’s already popular “Arrow.” That series, based on DC Comics’ vintage archer hero, Green Arrow, previewed the Scarlet Speedster’s new adventures in its Spring 2014 season ender.

One surprise for longtime Flash comic book fans, according to Deadline Hollywood: “The characters of Iris West (played by Candice Patton) and Detective Joe West (Jesse L. Martin) are portrayed by black actors.”

According to Comic-Con’s online program,

The Flash is a fast-paced superhero drama that follows the high-speed adventures of the Fastest Man Alive…. [T]he action drama follows Central City Police scientist Barry Allen, an everyday guy with the heart of a hero and the genuine desire to help others….But when an unexpected and devastating accident at the S.T.A.R. Labs Particle Accelerator facility strikes Barry, he finds himself suddenly charged with the incredible power to move at super speeds.

The new series will star Grant Gustin as Barry Allen, aka “The Flash,” as well as “Candice Patton (The Game), Rick Cosnett (The Vampire Diaries), Danielle Panabaker (Necessary Roughness ), Carolos Valdes (on Broadway: Once), along with Tom Cavanagh (Ed) and Jesse L. Martin (Law & Order).”

The only bad news about “The Flash”? Word is that that intrepid band of those entertainment pirates no one can ever find has already swiped the pilot episode and posted it to various torrent sites.

We don’t play that game at CDN. But here’s the official, extended Warner Brothers trailer for its new TV series. As a longtime fan of the Scarlet Speedster, this writer thinks it’s looking pretty good.


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Terry Ponick
Biographical Note: Dateline Award-winning music and theater critic for The Connection Newspapers and the Reston-Fairfax Times, Terry was the music critic for the Washington Times print edition (1994-2010) and online Communities (2010-2014). Since 2014, he has been the Business and Entertainment Editor for Communities Digital News (CDN). A former stockbroker and a writer and editor with many interests, he served as editor under contract from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and continues to write on science and business topics. He is a graduate of Georgetown University (BA, MA) and the University of South Carolina where he was awarded a Ph.D. in English and American Literature and co-founded one of the earliest Writing Labs in the country. Twitter: @terryp17