‘The Flash’ Full Trailer: Faster Than a Speeding Arrow [Updated]

Published 11 months ago by , Updated May 15th, 2014 at 11:15 am,

UPDATE: A FULL TRAILER for The Flash is now online – WATCH IT Above, followed by an official synopsis, below. 



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.

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As Arrow – the hit TV show based on the DC superhero Green Arrow – wrapped up its season 2 tonight on The CW, fans of the comic book adaptation were treated to a teaser trailer of its upcoming spinoff, The Flash, starring Grant Gustin as Barry Allen, The Fasted Man Alive. Check it out above.

The teaser features Stephen Amell as The Arrow testing the aforementioned Fastest Living Man’s newfound super-speed powers. Can The Flash outrun one of The Arrow’s arrows? Apparently, yes, with relative ease.

The trailer doesn’t appear to be footage from the TV show itself; rather, it seems more like the sort of promo that’s just intended to give viewers an idea of what the show will be/look like and how The Flash will actually appear in action.

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Visually, he looks pretty fantastic. He’s the right amount of blur and lightning streaks – very reminiscent of the comic books – with some occasional slowdown for the viewers’ benefit. Some people have  bemoaned the almost thunder-esque sound effect that accompanies the pitter-patter of his feet, but I wouldn’t necessarily expect to hear that in the TV series proper.

UPDATE: Here’s the original Arrow-themed teaser trailer for The Flash:

Speaking of bemoaning, while many fans have appreciated the look of The Flash’s costume – dark red though it is – others have pointed out that leather might not behoove a man running faster than the speed of sound (you know, what with all the chafing).

While there’s probably some truth to that, the aesthetic of the costume is great nonetheless. This may be the most high quality-looking superhero costume to hit live action television. Not that that’s a difficult bar to surpass – Arrow’s wearing some grungy leather and a hood, Smallville’s Superman didn’t dress the part until the final episode (and even then, only kind of), and Deathlok looked almost Power Rangers-esque.

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In fact, the only other costume that comes even close to matching it is the one from the original Flash series in 1990, and it had some problems of its own.

As for the tone of the teaser, it’s one of the most promising aspects about the show. Though Arrow bounces between fun and gritty – with great success – there’s often a sense of melancholy about the proceedings. This Flash teaser, on the other hand, looks lighthearted, colorful, joyful, and just plain fun, which is exactly what you should expect from an adaptation of Flash.

Of course, that doesn’t mean the show won’t be serious or raise the stakes from time to time. We already (basically) know that the series will revolve, to some degree, around Barry’s mother’s murder and the mystery “blur” that killed her.

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The only question remaining now (for my money, anyway) is: Will The Flash grow stronger and faster as the show goes on, or is this the speed we can expect to see from the guy?

This was always one of the issues with the Justice League cartoons. In big fight scenes, The Flash could never go too fast because then the audience wouldn’t be able to see him, which sort of turned him into a funnier, slightly faster Superman without super strength, flight, hearing, x-ray vision, or ice breath.

What say you, Screen Ranters? Do you like the look of The Flash and his powers? Did the teaser trailer impress you? Drop us a line in the comments.


The Flash airs Fall 2014 on The CW.

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  1. Who the f**k was the guy in the wheelchair? DC Alistair Smythe? And what about “Tornado Man”? I need someone to answer this.

    • must probably be profesor zoom, eobard thawne

    • Darwin Elias.

    • His name is Harrison Wells and he is a character made just for the show as far as I’m aware. His character description: the mind and money behind Central City’s S.T.A.R. Labs Particle Accelerator, who becomes a pariah after the lab explodes until he learns he created the Flash.

    • I believe the actor’s name is John Shae…

  2. I like Arrow but more importantly my wife likes Arrow. Wife + Superheroes = win!
    Though I’m way more Marvel than DC, Flash has always been one of my favorite characters so I’ll be watching this show, well, at least giving it a try. But didn’t they summarize the whole series in that ‘preview’?

  3. I have had almost no interest in this series from the get-go but damn if this trailer didn’t change my mind. I hope they keep it cool with overpowering him. Being lightning-fast is one thing, but when he can start traveling to other dimensions and stealing speed, I lose interest. I hope it takes him at least 2 seasons to get accustomed to his power.
    That said, are we getting meta-human villains on Arrow now?? Biznis about to pick up!!!

    • trailer changed my mind too but the suit looks so horrid to me

  4. Wow.

    I am usually pretty disheartened by the crap that DC is putting out for their little screen / big screen comic characters come to live action stuff.

    But this looks really good. I think they might have me on this one.

  5. I don’t care who like it or hate it, I will be giving this a try.

  6. Nice to see ZOOM in the beginning also.

  7. It all looks good except the suit. It fits terrible and extremely uncomfortable Wrinkles abound. It looks like something from a 1950s Rocketman serial. The chest emblem instead of being part of the costume is a big button. The headmask isn’t too bad. I don’t care much for the dark color but it would be okay if the suit were of a more form fitting material. The poor actor is going to rub himself raw trying to run in that thing.

  8. It looks good, but I still don’t like the costume. I do like the the speed effects.

    Is that guy supposed to be Weather Wizard? And does this mean we will get Meta humans in Arrow since they are in the same world?

  9. I didn’t see any speed tricks like running up buildings, vibrating through things or running on water. Maybe they will add them as he learns to use them better.

  10. Wally West is …

    • Barry’s nephew…eventually

      • wally is the funny redhead guy on JLU cartoons right?

  11. I’ll try it, but that was absolutely horrible. Cliche….THE LIGHTNING CHOSE YOU…shut up no it didn’t. Face palm

    • The lightning chose him because “There can be only one” “and “With great power comes great responsibility” to “Be the best at what he does” because “HE HAS THE POWER”

      Corny catchphrases make the hero.

      • SHAZAM

      • the season finale should introduce Aquaman next then Shazam

      • in the comics during one of the Crisis crossovers( I don’t remember which one) when dies and his body disincorporates, transforming into a lightning bolt which in turn ends up being the lightning bolt that strikes him and gives him his powers.

    • Well, it is a speed force and it’s shared by most speedsters. In the comics, it’s an actual place and Bart Allen can even talk to the spirits there. It’s probably just a corny line, but it’s also entirely possible that the speed force did actually choose him.

    • Actually later in the first comic series of the flash, it was shown that another race had sent that lightning out to give someone the speed force. Barry just intercepted it. Although once the universe was rebooted after the first crisis. That story line was lost.

  12. This is a dream come true, I love the Arrow series but to have possibly my favorite superhero now coming out by the same people it’s all too much (hopefully I can keep up) ;)I would like to see the 2 heroes catch up from time to time and not just a one off.

  13. WOW! This looks amazing! Actually with a movie budget for additional effects this looks like its ready for the big screen. Completely impressed!

  14. DC is crazy if they dont include these guys in the Man of Steel movie universe. Arrow and Flash will bring some much needed heart and levity to that universe. I’m pleasantly surprised.

  15. This has me more interested then arrow ever did…Ill give it a go….

  16. I’m dubbing next year “invasion of the comic book tv shows” lol with Arrow and AoS returning and The Flash, Gotham, Constantine, and Dare Devil premiering it’s going to be a good year for comic book fans :)

  17. Wow this trailer was better than the whole first season of agent’s of shield

    • Can’t tell whether you’re saying it with your heart or just sarcastic.

      If it’s the former instead of the latter, thus i feel like i’m obliged to ask a sarcastic question : Would you please explain, shed some light to us powerless mortal, how you get such an amazing and enlightened conclusion from comparison between a few minutes trailer of a soon-to-be aired new TV show and a TV Series who has just wrapped its first season, o thy mighty-know-it-all internet commentator?

      Either way, AoS has found its pace and expected to raise their game. Can Flash “catch-up” with AoS and become noteworthy? only “Time” will tell…

      • Yes, the Flash will definitely ketchup when Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. finally cuts the mustard. I relish these things!

    • Agents of Shield is heavy-handed, poorly paced, and has no tension. I mean, you’ve pretty much sucked out most of the stakes when you’ve created a world were human characters can die and be brought back. Oh, well. It’s show for kiddies and they don’t mind about that kinda stuff.

  18. I concor….. Agent of shield is just a low budget replica of avengers

  19. Wow so John-Wesley Shipp is going to play Barry’s Dad.. That’s going to be interesting. (Look at the family picture at around 7 seconds into the trailer.)

    • i had hoped that john wesley shipp would play jay garrick oh well

  20. The Flash has always been one of my favoeite superheroes. Yes, it is cool that John-Wesley Shipp will play the dad. However, I wish that somehow, someone will resurrect Shipp’s flash costume. It’s scarlett and by far more to the character than burnt sienna and cordivan. As a DC fan of wayback, I think Marvel is getting the fan edge with the movie genra because Marvel now is has it’s own studio that’s run by real fans who can be true to the comic line in characters, plot and costume. Producers, directors and writers who are too cool for the original character simply turn the hero into a caricature of him or herself. DC needs to really think hard about the competition.

  21. The trailer looked interesting just a few minor complaints is all. I do not like how ollie gave him the idea of being called the flash. Hope sometime they will incorprate the ring, the suite looks cool buhope they modify it in furuth

  22. Check out the airstrip. Ferris Air = Green lantern

  23. Am I the only one who’s gonna be excited to see the comedic moments when Barry has to eat, and he’s around other people? He’s gonna look so ridiculous eating 10 things at once.

  24. The ones criticising the costume – be reasonable.
    1) Costume can change. 2 scientists and Barry witnessed only one hero in their lifetime – Green Arrow. Obviously it would effect their mind. So its absolutely logical to have such style. That doesn’t mean that at some point it won’t be improved.
    2) They need to have the very best for the movie. Flash will appear in a movie sooner or later. And maybe Flash in TV series will have the same costume at some point but only after the movie will come out.

  25. this show looks great. hope for more arrow/flash crossovers.

  26. Even though I watch “Arrow” regularly I have been disappointed with the disjointed plots-lines.

    However, with Grant Justin I am very much looking forward to “The Flash”. It feels like it will be quite an invigorating show to watch…

  27. I’ve have loved the Flash since I was a kid… He is my favorite comic book character ever, period. As long as he’s witty (which the trailer suggests when he catches the arrow)and they stick somewhat to the original character, it should be a hit.
    I’ll be watching..