‘The Flash’: ‘The Future Begins’ in Latest Trailer

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As comic book fans and Arrow enthusiasts eagerly await the first episode of The Flash, the showrunners are making it clear that the pilot episode really is just the tip of the iceberg. It’s hard to think of an aspect of the series’ starting point that hasn’t been featured in several TV spots and promos, but the latest trailer focuses not just on Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) and his powers, but the brave new world of heroes and villains he’ll meet – not all of whom will be as well-meaning as Barry.

It’s wise to start addressing the issue of superpowers head on, since even though Arrow (Stephen Amell) himself will cameo in the pilot episode, the two shows appear to be polar opposites. Where the show that kicked off DC’s TV universe sends a son on a mission for revenge, The Flash blesses an unsuspecting young man with super-speed thanks to a physics-defying disaster. Powers alone don’t make a hero, and the video again teases that it’s Barry’s friends who will help him accept his new calling.

Fortunately, he’ll be forced into action by other ‘metahumans’ putting their own gifts to use – starting with Weather Wizard. The threat of tornadoes may be Barry’s first hurdle to overcome, but it won’t be the last: the showrunners have already cast Girder (Greg Finley), The General (Clancy Brown), and Plastique (Kelly Frye). Not to mention a superpowered series regular presumed to be helping Barry in protecting Central City.

The Flash Trailer Weather Wizard The Flash: The Future Begins in Latest Trailer

Given how secretive Warner Bros. has been in developing its DC Comics characters on film, it’s still startling to see how quickly – and ambitiously – the Flash and Arrow teams are expanding on their shared universe. It’s still unclear how much Arrow will be brought into a metahuman future; fans already know to look forward to a sizable crossover event, but Starling City’s vigilante has his own iconic foe to tangle with in the coming months.

Optimists would say that Arrow may have gotten enough mileage out of its grounded, realistic tone by now, and the arrival of a superpower serum in the last season is evidence. The CW is clearly looking to build a singular, cohesive TV universe, and if this video is a sign of what’s to come, then an even larger presence of metahuman threats may lie in Oliver Queen’s future as well.

All ambition aside, the number of metahuman villains being cast for The Flash, the presence of another strong Justice Leaguer at his side, and the wealth of DC Comics easter eggs packed into the latest Flash poster raises a question: could The CW be planning much, much more than two parallel series in the immediate future? Only time will tell. But now that The Flash is embracing superpowers wholeheartedly, anything is possible.

The Flash premieres Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 @8pm on The CW.

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  1. I’m so sick of this! *SPOILERS FOR THE FRAGILE* The only teasers and trailers they’ve released are for the Pilot episode, and it’s getting kind of repetitive. I wish they would show something else, like Robbie Amell as Firestorm, or any of the other heroes and villains that are going to appear in the show.

  2. Ready for Flash! Ready for Atom! Ready for Firestorm! Heck, ready for anything!!!
    And in that anything, let’s get Professor Zoom up and running: the full monty!

  3. Hahahaaaa… Really guys? WtF? Nothing new here. Move along.

  4. they dont really need green arrow for the 1st JL movie but the need flash in a better costume maybe a little bit brighter

  5. I think it’s very important that they KEEP Barry’s story as something that’s a result of a freak accident rather than “OMG FATE HAS CHOSEN YOU TO BECOME THE HERO” angle. That gets so tired, especially on Superman, Spider-Man, and Arrow. No fate but what we make guys. Stick to that. It’s possible even in a story involving time travel ;)

    Also Looper. Take notes from Looper. Damn we’ve had some really good sci-fi movies in the last 10 years.

  6. I saw the pilot episode of the flash the trailer gives everything away am waiting on the second?

  7. I cannot wait to see this when it comes out til October comes ? It’s going to be turbulently outrageous, just like the Original version.

  8. I didnt liked the pilot at all. Hope it improves

    • I hope your engrish improves or your keyboard.