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[The Flash](series:1068303) may only be in its first season, but that hasn't stopped producers from transitioning a variety of characters from the comics to the small screen. One issue that often follows superhero shows is the design of the costumes that the heroes and villains wear. The Flash has not shied away from costumed heroes and villains, but the final product that viewers have seen were not what they were first envisioned as.
Wentworth Miller's Captain Cold is a cool, cautious villain who knows what he wants. Cold may have a code (cold and code are homophones) when it comes to children, but that doesn't mean he isn't willing to ice those that that stand in his way. When Flash production illustrator John Gallagher envisioned the character, he intended the character to have a touch of The New 52 version of the character.
Concept piece for Captain Cold with New 52 look for The Flash. We went in a different direction but damn Wentworth looks badass holding the cold gun I had the pleasure of designing.
It may be possible that Gallagher knows a bit more about the character's future than viewers since this concept has Cold wielding the Cold gun and exhibiting powers like his New 52 counterpart.
Girder may have been introduced as a cocky villain-of-the-week, but he turned for the better during his encounter with Blackout. Though, Gallagher's concept art shows a very edgy route that producers could have gone with.
Unused concept from The Flash. Playing around with the scrap metal found object aesthetic. The original Girder is a bit wonky looking but here was trying to bridge the original with a next gen look.
Seeing the amount of effort that went into Robbie Amell's Firestorm demonstrates that this Girder could have been within reach had production had the budget to bring such a beast to the small screen. The detail is amazing, and would have probably stole the thunder of villains that would have appeared after Girder.
The Reverse Flash
The Reverse Flash has appeared since the pilot but viewers didn't get a glimpse of the suit till he was introduced in all his glory during the midseason finale. The final version of the suit resembles the one of Professor Zoom, but had producers gone a different route, The Reverse Flash could have been a radically different character.
Concept piece for New 52 Reverse Flash. Not used - clearly lol - but still fun to tackle this one as an exercise
This design would have made a Reverse Flash that would probably terrify small children, but would have made a very, very interesting opponent for Barry and the gang. Not only would it have changed the dynamic of the story, but having this version appear on the show would have guaranteed an appearance of Wally West during the first season.
The producers may be saving this version of the character for a future season, since it would be a real shocker to viewers to know that Jessie Martin's Joe West has a brother whose a speedster and also happens to be on the wrong side of the law.
'Yellow Suit' Reverse Flash
While producers did in fact go with the yellow suit, there were two other variations that they could have gone with. Below are the two concepts that could have been used.
Version #1 shows a much darker suit, with a whole lot of grey. It gives the suit a more edgier look, and definitely illustrates a villain with no qualms of killing innocent people.
Version #2 uses a lot less grey, and gives it a more casual look to that of version #1. Of course, the actual suit ended up using a lot less grey which is a shame.
Which concept was your favorite? Do you wish producers went with their original concepts or do you prefer the ones that made the final cut? Let us know in the comments below!
The Flash airs Tuesday's at 8 p.m. on The CW!