D. C. Comic characters have always found a good home on the C.W. Network. Since Superboy’s adventures in Smallville , the house that Julie Schwartz built has been a permanent fixture and highly profitable source of content material for the Warner Bros property. This time it’s Scarlet Speedster, also known as the fastest man alive. The Flash, that’s blazing across televisions around the globe.
For those of you living under a rock since 1940, The Flash is a superhero whose power is his incredible ability to run at super speed! Created by writer Garner Fox and artist Harry Lampert. There have been four versions of this being whose speed allows him to move faster than the speed of light and travel through time.
The first was in 1940 when Jay Garrick a college student who fell asleep and inhaled powerful “hard water” vapors that contained heavy minerals (later stories would change this to “heavy water” that are the vapors of special type of water that contains a larger than normal amount of the hydrogen isotope deuterium ( for real!).
This water is what nuclear reactors use as the water for cooling nuclear reactors. This Flash fought during WWII and was one the founding members of the Justice Society of America. A precursor to the Justice League!
The 2nd Flash created in 1956 during the Silver age is the one the new T.V series is based on. Most comic book fans are familiar with Police Forensic Scientist Barry Allen and the lightning bolt that struck him and his lab full of chemicals that fateful night. Changing him from human to the preeminent recipient of the speed force.
What makes the T.V. series unique is that it also adds the activation of a particle accelerator as a catalyst for the lighting that strikes Barry in his lab. Due to the explosion , and the exposure to the exotic energies released, many individuals in Midway city are now Metahumans.
Some good , some bad. The bad ones are on The Flash’s radar. However, even with his incredible gifts he needs help in his battle against the evil powers that roam his city at night.
At his base hidden within the rebuilt particle accelerator at STAR Labs of course, his support staff are coordinating his actions and helping him analyze clues about abilities of his foes.
There’s Cisco, a young scientist/ fan boy type. Catlin Snow, another more serious scientist and voice of concern on the team. She’s also the love interest of one Ronnie Raymond. Fans will know that’s one of the alter egos of the D.C. Universe, Firestorm: The Nuclear Man. The best bit of casting came in the form of Barry’s dad. None other than the original tv “Flash,” John Wesley Shipp.
Last but not least the mysterious Dr. Wells. One moment a wheelchair bound mentor and genius and the next a mysterious character whose fully ambulatory and possessor of incredible technology and knowledge that seems to come from the future, his main focus is the fledging superhero’s development and destiny. The show was the most watched debut since the stations creation in 2006, with 6.8 million viewers and another 1.98 million in DVR format.
The Sultan of speed is off and running with a huge lead, let’s see if he wins the race. So , far according to Nielsen ratings he’ s got a pretty good head start!