The CW officially kicked off its DC Comics superhero universe with the debut of Arrow in 2012, following Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) on a mission to save his city. Then, the network began to grow the universe, introducing viewers to Central City CSI tech Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) in a two-episode season 2 arc of Arrow, before the character returned home and was struck by some kind of lightning. The scene would lead to Barry Allen’s spinoff series, The Flash, in which the CSI tech is granted superhuman speed as a result of a particle accelerator explosion.
Since The Flash joined The CW’s Arrowverse, two other series have been added – Legends of Tomorrow season 1 debuted earlier this year on the network, and Supergirl premiered last fall on CBS, airing its full first season there before making the jump to The CW for season 2. However, The Flash is arguably The CW’s most popular DC Comics series, earning praise from dedicated fans and casual viewers alike. Now, fans can take a new look at the series through the lens of an honest trailer.
Screen Junkies released an installment of their Honest Trailers series on YouTube dedicated to The CW’s Scarlet Speedster, tackling The Flash season 1 – and a bit of season 2 – from a humorously critical perspective. The trailer breaks down each of the main characters, poking fun at their most obvious character traits – like season 1 Harrison Wells’ (Tom Cavanagh) obvious villainy – while highlighting certain repetitive aspects of the show, such as Barry’s “Gotta run” puns. However, the honest trailer also draws attention to the emotional core of the show, proving there’s plenty to love about The Flash as well.
While Screen Junkies’ honest trailer doesn’t dive too far into season 2 (likely to avoid spoiling too much of the show for viewers who haven’t seen The Flash), the video does get in a small dig at DC and Warner Bros’ first big screen release of 2016, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. Certainly, The CW’s Arrowverse offers fans counterprogramming to WB’s generally darker DC Extended Universe. The Flash and Supergirl in particular (especially with the latter gearing up to introduce its own ‘pure fun’ take on the Man of Steel) feature a comparatively lighter approach to superheroics.
That said, as Screen Junkies’ honest trailer points out, The Flash isn’t above criticism. While it may be one of fans’ favorite CW superhero shows among the network’s current lineup, it has certainly fallen prey to somewhat repetitive tropes and storylines – particularly when it comes to revealing Barry’s mentors to be the main season villain or under-developing the show’s female characters. Still, The Flash has earned a dedicated fan following throughout its first two seasons, and it remains to be seen if its viewership will grow with the introduction of Flashpoint in the season 3 premiere.
The Flash season 3 will premiere Tuesday October 4th at 8pm on The CW, Arrow season 5 will premiere in the same timeslot on Wednesday October 5th, Supergirl season 2 on Monday October 10th, and Legends of Tomorrow season 2 on Thursday October 13th.
Source: Screen Junkies