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

Published 12 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. Costume still sucks.

    • Great wrinkly suit, really cheep looking, kind of like the rest of the show!

      • Oh yeah and how did the costume for your tv show come out. Oh that’s right you don’t have one.

    • who ever said superheroes were fashion designers? :) Things will change if need be.

    • The costume looks about as realistic as a Flash costume would look. I think it looks great, plus the costume will probably change throughout the course of the series.

  2. The costume seems hokey, straight out of Buck Rogers or Flash Gordon, like someone visited the 1930s and brought the costume back. I don’t think he should be wearing a symbol at all, but since he’s a geek, I hope they introduce the symbol as something he found in his manga collection or something

    • I don’t know. Seems a geek would already have an idea for what they wanted for their logo. Besides, if they’re going to go by the origins of Barry Allen, he’s the second Flash and he uses the lightning symbol because that’s what Jay used.

  3. Looks cool to me.

  4. I like it.
    And while the tone of Arrow doesn’t bother me at all, it looks like this will compliment it by being different rather than trying to copy.
    Bringing in different shades to the spectrum and not just repeating what worked so far. All good things.

    This, Gotham, and Daredevil are my most anticipated shows,

  5. Hope it’s good… Still think the suit sucks balls…

  6. Terrible costume. Is it 2014? Or 1944? Can’t tell.

  7. Trolls trolls trolls

    It looks great though. Super excited

  8. Looks good, i was curious about his power display, but the FX looks good, at least for a tv show. My only real gripe is its on CW, and if the producers say its going to be serious and dark in tone, then they are full of s***! Gotham and Constantine will be serious and dark!

  9. I don’t watch Arrow, though it interests me more than SHIELD primarily because the quality of the protagonist. I don’t plan to watch Flash either but as soon as WB announces that both series’ are part of the same universe as Man of Steel and the future Justice League movie, I am on board. The problem is I think WB is probably waiting to make sure the show doesn’t tank before they make that commitment to it. So it’s a Catch 22.

    I hope it does well. DC needs Arrow and Flash as part of the CU continuity for two reasons: 1) it needs more humor and 2) it needs less expensive actors.

    • Really? You hope it does well, but your not going to watch it? How do you think a show does well? By osmosis? It’s called ratings, and shall we tell him/her how a show gets ratings boys and girls? BY WATCHING IT!!!
      If you want it to do well then watch it! Come on!

      • You’re right. I just don’t have time to watch many shows. The few times I turned on SHIELD I was disappointed so I probably have a bad taste in my mouth. Maybe I’ll try to start watching Flash from the beginning. I’d like to go back and catch up on Arrow but doubt I’ll find the time.

        • Given that Marvel’s Agents of Shield and DC’s Arrow and Flash are in no way related, I’m failing to see why your opinion on the former affects your ability to watch the latter two…

      • lmao @ “by osmosis?” :’D

    • People saying they wish the TV characters cross over to the Cinematic characters are sick in the head. It will not happen! You can’t mix those two worlds, it will look tacky, just like AoS. There is a rule in Hollywood, which is, if you want to act on the big screen, then you can’t work on tv. Besides, if you are having a hard time, it is confusing for you to think about how different characters of the same plane (DC) cannot co-exist together, is simply because they are from different Earths, just like in the comics. MoS is its own Earth, which is why we are getting a new Batman, Nolan trilogy is its own Earth, which is why his Batman isn’t in MoS sequel, and Arrow and The Flash have their own Earth, and you will see them interact with each other. But as far as TV shows crossing over to Cinema, it won’t happen. Eventhough i like the actor they cast for Barry Allen, and wished that DC/WB had cast him first, and dyed his hair blond!

      • Just cos AoS made it look tacky doesn’t mean it will always be that way, somebody could always do it better

        And really? that rule in Hollywood about being on the big screen you can’t work on TV is just wrong
        Off the top of my head, here are a list of name that are doing/have done both (I’m sure other people can think of many others that I miss)
        Peter Dinklage
        Patrick Stewart
        Mads Mikkelson
        Lawrence Fishburne
        Karl Urban
        Lena Headey
        Sean Bean
        Kit Harrington
        Natalie Dormer
        Jack Gleeson
        Ian Glen
        Kevin Spacey
        Kevin Bacon
        Kiefer Sutherland
        Martin Freeman
        Sylvester McCoy
        Jason Segel
        Cobie Smulders
        Alyson Hannigan
        John Choo
        Clancy Brown
        Mathew McConaughey
        Woody Harrelson
        James Spader
        Michael Sheen

        Basically there is no ‘rule’ that says that movie actor can’t work tv or vice versa – however it is true that it does seem to be harder to go from tv to movies particularly when starring in an ongoing show that has full 20+ episode seasons, doesn’t mean it can’t be done particularly if the movie role is only a small part

        I will say that it is unlikely at this point that WB/DC will make use of the actors playing Flash and Green Arrow in their films – but that doesn’t mean that some people (myself included) are not allowed to hope that they do use them at some point

  10. Wow that was dumb.

  11. 10/10 for making respond to this crap

    seriously why did they do the costume like that are they even going to have the costume come from the ring? ffs i hate hollywood

      • His suit didn’t come from a magical ring! It was just a ring he had made with a compartment in it, and he stated that it takes him a while to cram the whole suit into the ring’s compartment. Which is why, when he opens the ring, the suit bursts out. Also, it doesn’t magically fit, he is essentially putting his suit faster than the eye can see, which makes it look like he magically put his suit on. Finally, the reason he carries his suit in his ring, is because believe or not, it is more practical that way.

        • Instead of running to his house, get his suit, put it on, run back to the scene of the crime! He could do it in the blink of an eye, but that would be tiring, even for him, not to mention, the cartoonists would have to use up comic panels, essentially doing all that faff just to put his suit on!

  12. Ok, why all the hate? Be happy that we are getting a Flash tv series again boys and girls! I was a big fan of the 90’s version with Jon Wesley Shipp, especially of the villains, like Mark Hamill as the trickster, and was really upset when it got cancelled after the first season. I am just glad to have the character done again in a tv series and although the costume may not be what I perfectly envisioned, very rarely are any live action iterations done the way I personally would envision them. That doesn’t make them bad.
    And as for the costume coming out of the ring, although I am an old school flash fan and that is the way I have always thought of it as well, I don’t think that would work well for a live action show, and it certainly might turn off some people that aren’t comic fans and although they could suspend disbelief long enough to enjoy a man running faster than the speed of sound (or light eventually too maybe) they might balk at something as simple (by comparison) as keeping a costume in a ring.
    So celebrate!! We have a real live FLASH show coming, and if we all support it then maybe it won’t get cancelled after one season or less like so many other shows we wish would get a chance.

  13. Dumbing it down for the teens as usual. Thanks for ruining DC, CW. Only the fanboys like this stuff.

    • Yeah, because marvel properties are adult in nature and made for adults only.

      Disney is known for their dark and adult subject matter.

  14. Yes! I haven’t been this exicted about shows since Buffy and Angel back to back, and now it seems their doing this with ‘Arrow’ and ‘The Flash.’ If the writers put the same effort they do into ‘Arrow’ then ‘the Flash’ will be a (Big Hit.) The costume looks Great, but seeing it come out of the ring later on in the series would be another icing on the cake.

  15. I see a few experts about Costumes go ahead and make your own costume.
    Flash doesn’t wear an armour, he doesn’t carry a sword nor a gun he just wears
    simple red tights and I think it looks good. I mean what else can you add to this?

    • I’d start improving that costume by burning it.

      They somehow managed to make Green Arrow look not campy (even if the comic original was essentialy Errol Flynn) and now they’re reverting to this? Come on…

      • You’re saying you want The Flash to run around in something other than the traditional red gimp suit?

        • Keep the red but make it look like something made in this century? Heck, just making it look like it was made in the past 30 years would be enough.

          What they’ve shown so far is so campy it evokes 60s Batman more than anything else. Do we really want to go there?

    • They can make it not be a scarlet leather BDMS suit and actually take the opportunity to model off of Nike professional speedsuits, but with thicker material and a Hollywood design on it, much like how Man of Steel and Batfleck have their own material look. That would work. And he’s like the only hero who even legitimately warrants that spandex look so he could get away with it.

      And keep the helmet, that’s awesome.

      • Goodness gracious – my deepest apologies for that run-on sentence. Gave myself a headache reading it in hindsight.

      • Yeah I understand exactly what you’re saying, me personally I careless about this suit cause is just a TV show but in film its going to look alot better with the new version. (If Zack Snyder decides to add Flash in the roster)

  16. Who thinks this would be a cool scene to have in The Flash, Oliver testing Barry’s limits, Oliver teaching him how to fight, etc.? This would really improve the dynamic between them, but also increase the rivalry between them.

    • Why? The Flash is way out of Green Arrows league… Arrow should be dead by a bullet by now…

  17. I can’t wait to see this, I’ll judge it after watching a few episodes. I remember when I saw the trailer for AgentsOfShield it looked awesome. It seemed like it had a cool concept, almost X-Files meets Heroes but I was wrong. Hopefully this show doesn’t turn out the same, at least he’s in a costume and he looks like Flash. That’s why I like DC, they’re at least trying to use legitimate characters instead of generic forgetful characters like A.O.S. is using.

  18. in the Justice League Cartoon they used the Wally West version of Flash which is slower

    • No, Wally (in the comics) was just as fast if not faster.

      • He ran as fast as they could draw him. 😉

    • Actually pre52 Wally West is the fastest speedster in ANY IP. He saved half a million people by carrying them out (two at a time) of a nuke’s blast radius in less than second. You should do your research. Barry is still the “best” Flash in my opinion though.

  19. Whoa! Nice trailer…. Reverse Flash and Weather Wizard in the first episode.

    I’m not too sure – but is that JOHN WESLEY SHIPP playing as Barry’s father? Nice homage to the original TV Flash, if that is the case. :)

    • Yup. It is JW Shipp playing the dad…

  20. I dig it, I feel like this looks pretty good for just a TV show. I don’t love the costume but much like Captain America or Fantastic Four costumes, some comic outfits are just really tricky for live action. I am down to watch this show. My only fear is if they make a Flash movie in the next couple of years it may upstage this show.

  21. This and Arrow will do wonder’s come crossover time. I don’t mind the suit though. On the heels of the Arrow finale last night, this DC universe is getting more and more intriguing.

  22. Looks decent enough to watch the first few episodes before deciding. With the exception of the villain, the supporting cast looks solid. The lead did a good job on Arrow, but something about his performance reminds me of Colin Hanks wanting to be Tom Hanks.

    Does Killer Frost know the identity of The Flash in the comics?

  23. This actually looks pretty dope, waaayyyy better than melo-dramatic Smallville (sorry couldn’t help it). I will definitely be watching this. The effects looks pretty decent too. Makes me a little less skeptical about an XMEN series that Simon Kinberg has thrown around.

  24. Most of you who are Flash fans(or those of you who use common sense), can tell that the red blur is older Barry(aka the Flash) and the yellow blur is Eddie Thawne(aka the Reverse-Flash), but why did the Reverse-Flash save young Barry instead of the Flash, because if you look closely it was the yellow blur that moved young Barry out of harms way? So does this mean something happens to older Barry, and the Reverse-Flash was trying to stop him?

    • No, Reverse-Flash killed Barry’s mother then moved him a few blocks away from his house and as an adult, Barry decides to go back in time to try and stop it from happening because his dad was framed for the murder.

      Reverse-Flash is basically out to ruin Barry’s life by going back in time to screw up his childhood.

      • Depends on the incarnation. Some of them do it to make Flash into a “better hero”. If you think about it long enough he actually created the Flash by having him obsess over the weird circumstances of his mom’s death.

  25. I don’t read comics, never something I had access to but I love all things super hero, im sure theres an explanation but one thing that’s bugging me is. If flash doesn’t have super strength or phasing ability, then what happens if he runs into a fly or some rubble that’s just blown up. If an object hits you at the speed of sound, it doesn’t matter if its a marshmallow its going straight through you, how does he avoid his, I get he could just be hyper aware but you cant see everything in your path. also how does he see where he’s going if he doesn’t have super sight

    • Everything moves slow around him so has time to avoid all that.

      • okay but if real time is slow relative to him then wont he age at a faster rate than normal people? and the rate at which he ages is relative to how much faster he can run so say if everything moves slower x2 of what it normally does then his life expectancy should be cut in half right.

  26. From that full trailer I’m totally sold
    I really like the way his powers look – that was one thing I was really worried about given that its TV
    For me the costume looks way better on film/in motion than it did in the posters

    Can’t wait for this show to start up now

  27. Ohhh yeah! This is Super Fastastik!

    I can kind of see why the costume is getting some haters on board but that’s a lark; haters hate & their hate is only as good as their logic, which doesn’t exist.

    I agree with an above poster who said they haven’t been so hyped for a show since BUffy & ANgel.

    This looks like it could be the best super hero tv show ever. ANd it’s not like I’m that huge of a Flash fan, I just love to see quality stuff, and this fits the bill on every level; tone, SFX, acting, story & writing & acting (well, for the 3 minute snapshot I saw anyhoo)

    This show can’t get here fast enuf! Zoom!

  28. Based on the new trailer, i will definitely check this out. Also, giving the Rogues Gallery superhuman powers, that’s a nice touch. It’ll explain how they are able to go toe to toe with The Flash! Still, i don’t like the fact that it’s on CW, it does look like it’ll have that teen-drama HS! Also, i like the fact that it is Eobard who kills Barry’s mum, he really is a sadistic arse, kinda like the Joker to he’s Batman!