Airing since 2014, Cw's The Flash has been entertaining DC fans (and fans of superbly good tv shows) worldwide. Since Season 3 is coming out soon, it appears about time that we all brush up on some pretty big facts about our Scarlett Speedster and his entourage.
1. Barry Was Nearly A Member Of Team Arrow
As we all know, Grant Gustin portrays our Scarlett Speedster's true identity, Barry Allen. He made his debut as Barry in a Season 2 episode of Arrow, where he starred in two episodes. The original idea was to introduce Barry for three episodes on Arrow to get his character on the go, with the third episode acting as the pilot in the series. But the CW officials were so impressed by the first two episodes that they ordered an official pilot.
But of course, everyone has to prepare a back-up plan. If the show wasn't going to work, they would have made Barry a recurring character on Arrow, which would have resulted in a very different show.
2. Some Characters are Totally New: Comic-Wise And TV- Wise
All the major characters on The Flash are pulled from the comics, but it turns out that several main characters are actually new additions, completely from scratch.
As we know, Eobard Thawne is a very legendary Flash villain, but neither his ancestor Eddie or Harrison Wells exists in the comic books. Also, Iris West's father was Joe in the comics, but he's a very different character from the TV show Joe West. Either way, their characters truly add to the TV show.
3. Firestorm And Green Arrow Are Related In Real Life
You might have noticed that Firestorm and Arrow actually look alike.
In Episode 22 of Season 1 of The Flash, both Firestorm and Green Arrow team up to defeat Reverse Flash, in which they succeed.
Robbie Amell portrays Ronnie Raymond a.k.a Firestorm in The Flash, and — surprise surprise — he is the cousin of the Arrow himself, Stephen Amell. If you just look at them, its pretty noticeable that they're related, though their TV characters aren't.
4. Hartley Rathaway Was A Potential Flash
OK, not the comic character Hartley Rathaway a.k.a. Pied Piper, but the actor portraying him, Andy Mientus, in The Flash auditioned for the role of Barry Allen. I have nothing against the guy, but I really think that Gustin fits the role pretty well, and it would have been a tad different if Mientus took it.
5. The Flash's Dad Was Also The Flash!
For those serious fans of The Flash out there, you would recognize John Wesley Shipp, who portrays Henry Allen. He was the original Flash in the 1990 CBS The Flash series.
He wasn't the only one, as Mark Hamill once again reprises his role as The Trickster, though in a less colorful costume.
6. Central City Looks Like Portland
Similar to the comics, it isn't certain what state Flash's home, Central City, really is. But if you look closely in the second episode you'll see that the series features a map of Portland Oregon, but the real-world names have been adapted to DC's landmarks
7. There Are Indirect References To The Big Bang Theory
Don't you just love Cisco's t-shirts? Well, if you look closely at them you'll notice that they reference The Big Bang Theory:
Most notably, Cisco's "Bazinga!" shirt and his "This Is My Spot!" t-shirt. They all present a salute to Big Bang's bizarre main protagonist, Sheldon Cooper.
Turns out Sheldon Cooper is a dedicated fan too, as he is often seen wearing his Flash t-shirt. But here's the real question: Who came first? The Big Bang? Or The Flash?
8. Green Lantern References Lurk Everywhere!
Since the very first episode of The Flash, references to Green Lantern were present, like where they first tested out Barry's speed? Well that was Ferris Air (which is seen on a billboard) and is the place Hal Jordan works when he isn't protecting the galaxy.
Also in Season 1's "Rogue Air," they directly referenced Hal when Barry mentions that a Ferris Air test pilot mysteriously disappeared.
9. Batman And Superman Have Been Referenced Too
Though it is clear that both Batman and Superman do not exist in the world of The Flash, there has been some pretty subtle references to both of these heroes.
There was a line referencing the villain Girder as a "man of steel," which is very obvious, and Cisco becomes inspired to create a "Flash Signal" after stating that he had found the idea in a comic book (Thanks, Bat!).
10. The Justice League May Happen
Since both Batman and Superman have been mentioned, turns out that in Season 1 during the episode "The Trap," CW came close to name-dropping the Justice League when Barry and co. encountered Thawne's advanced computer, Gideon, and saw a glimpse of life ten years in the future:
A comic book-style teaser art for that episode had Gideon call Barry a "founding member of the Justice..." (look at 0:36 in the video above) before being cut off completely. There is also a fancy mural at CCPD HQ (which is the Central City Police Department, for all those who don't know it) which depicts abstract versions of the Justice League.
11. Filming Action Sequences Is Tougher Than It Looks
Since Grant Gustin sadly cannot run at top speeds (I bet some of us wish we were hit with a particle accelerator), three layers are needed when shooting an action sequence:
1. An empty plate without the actors.
2. Shots of Gustin's performance.
3. A layer where both actors and extras fill in the scene.
Shots of Gustin's performance are taken as he runs or does his actions at normal speeds, then are sped up later in post.
And that incredible hyper speed effect that we see each time The Flash takes down someone new? Well, actors have to try to remain absolutely still for periods of time in order to sell out that effect.
12. The Costume Isn't the Easiest Thing To Get Into
The incredible suit that Gustin wears was designed and created by Colleen Atwood, who is famous for her designs in Alice in Wonderland, Into the Woods and basically all of the CW's Shows (Arrow, Supergirl, and obviously The Flash).
Plenty of effort went into creating a suit that would be similar to one in the comics but not too cheesy or too cartoonish. And it takes Grant Gustin nearly an hour to get into the suit (now imagine how hard it would be to go to the bathroom).
So, What Do You Think?
You've just read 12 facts about The Flash — any of them you recognize? Also, feel free to add more facts regarding the show in the comments below!