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    Lightbulb *Coming Soon* FLASH - The Tv Series Starring Grant Gustin

    FLASH
    The Tv Series
    (2014 - ???)



    After the success of ARROW based on DC Comics Archer extraordinaire Green Arrow, the CW Television Network is going ahead with “The Flash,” based on the lightning-quick DC Comics character.

    The series, from Warner Bros. Television, comes from executive producers Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and David Nutter — the masterminds behind the breakout hit series “Arrow,” also on The CW. The show’s pilot, directed by Nutter, was co-written by Berlanti, Kreisberg and DC Entertainment’s Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns, who has cited Flash as his favorite comic character.

    Gustin will play Barry Allen, a scientist who becomes the fastest man alive after a freak accident. The character first appeared in comics in 1956 and went on to become a founding member of the Justice League of America.

    Flash serves as an origin story similar in vein to Arrow. Barry (Gustin) introduced in Arrow's two-part winter finale in December is a Central City assistant police forensic investigator who visits Starling City to look into a series of unexplained robberies that may have a connection to a tragedy in his past. Through a freak accident, he is given the power of super speed that transforms him into the fastest man alive.

    The Flash costume was designed by Oscar-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood, who also helped create the look of Arrow.




    The new series won’t be the Flash’s first foray into live-action television. John Wesley Shipp played the hero in the short-lived CBS series “The Flash,” which ran for one season in 1990. It’s unclear how the character’s return to television will affect Warner Bros.’ reported plans for a Flash movie, to be written by Berlanti, Johns, Marc Guggenheim, Chris Brancato and Michael Green.

    Still, superheroes are proving a boon for the CW. “Smallville,” the Superman prequel series that ran for 10 seasons, garnered devoted fan support, and “Arrow” has become a huge success for the network.









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    Lightbulb Barry Allen - Flash II Bio

    Taken from Wikipedia & DC Comics Database




    Barry Allen



    Real Name: Bartholomew Henry “Barry” Allen Other
    Aliases: The Scarlet Speedster, the Fastest Man Alive, the Monarch of Motion, the Sultan of Speed
    Known Relatives: Henry and Nora (parents), Malcolm Thawne (twin), Iris West Allen (wife), Wally West (nephew), Don and Dawn Allen (son and daughter), Bart Allen (grandson), Jenni Ognats (granddaughter)
    Group Affiliation: Justice League of America (founding member) Base of Operations: Central City, Missouri Hometown: Fallville, Iowa
    Occupation: Police scientist Hair: Blonde
    Eyes: Blue
    First Appearance: Showcase #4, September–October, 1956
    Origin: 10–15 years ago (1 year before Wally)

    Police scientist Barry Allen was struck by lightning in his lab one night and splashed with chemicals from a nearby cabinet. He found he could run at super-speed. Inspired by Jay Garrick the Original FLASH, Allen adopted the identity of the Flash, quickly becoming a celebrated hero. Using his super-speed powers, he taps into the Speed Force and becomes a costumed crime-fighter. His position is a legacy in the Flash Family, successor to the original Jay Garrick and predecessor to Wally West. He is a founding member of the Justice League of America.




    History

    Barry Allen grew up in the small farm community of Fallville, Iowa, son of Dr. Henry Allen. A fan of comic books from a young age, he often worked tales of the original Flash into games with his childhood sweetheart, the future actress Daphne Dean. He turned his methodical attention to detail and his fascination with science into a career as a police scientist, settling in Central City, Missouri. At least, that’s what originally happened. The Reverse Flash traveled back in time to take pre-emptive revenge on Barry Allen before he ever became a hero. He burned down the Allens’ house, so they moved to Central City while Barry was still a child. Then he murdered Barry’s mother Nora, and framed his father. Henry Allen was convicted, and eventually died in prison. Barry pursued a career in criminal justice in hopes that he could learn who had really destroyed their family, and why.




    Origin

    One night, working late, Barry stood in front of a shelf of chemicals near the window. A lightning bolt struck the window, electrifying Barry and spraying him with charged chemicals. Miraculously, instead of being horribly burned, the scientist found he could move at super-speed. As he gained mastery over his powers, he discovered that he had complete control over his molecules. In practice this meant not only running fast, but vibrating through solid objects, creating whirlwinds with his hands, carrying out tasks in moments that would take most people hours, days, or longer. Barry used his extraordinary abilities to take his quest for justice outside the lab, protecting the city from a new generation of costumed criminals. He took the name of his childhood hero, and patrolled the streets as the Flash. A grateful city even dedicated a museum in his honor.


    Powers & Abilities

    Barry Allen is capable of running faster than the speed of light creating vortexes charged with electricity and, at times during the Silver Age, described as faster than the speed of thought. In Flash #150, "straining every muscle," he ran at ten times the speed of light. However, when he pushed himself further (during the Crisis on Infinite Earths) he appeared to waste away as he was converted into pure energy, traveled back in time, and was revealed in Secret Origins Annual #2 to be the very bolt of lightning that gave him his powers. This was later retconned in The Flash: Rebirth #1, where Barry stated that he "ran into the Speed Force," and that, "When he stopped the Anti-Monitor, when he ran into the 'Speed Force' and joined it, it was like shedding his identity."

    Barry Allen possesses abilities that Jay Garrick has not always been able to duplicate, most notably the ability to "vibrate" in such a way as to pass through solid matter. Allen has regularly engaged in time travel using the Cosmic Treadmill device (he no longer needs this to conduct this feat), and is able to "vibrate" between dimensions. Barry is unique among Flashes and most characters in the DC Universe in that he has complete control over every molecule in his body. In Grant Morrison's Final Crisis, using the Speed Force, Allen was able to undo the effects of the Anti-Life Equation upon an individual: an ability he used on his wife Iris to free her from the bondage of Darkseid's mind control. He has recently been revealed to not only be connected to the Speed Force, but is the very source of it, generating it with every step he takes. As such, he presumably has some of the Speed Force-related abilities other speedsters have demonstrated (such as lending and stealing speed), though he has yet to demonstrate such abilities. This alone is enough to make him one of the most powerful beings on Earth, and perhaps in existence. He is also immune to telepathic attacks and control, as he can shift his thoughts at a speed faster than normal thought. He used this tactic against Black Lantern Martian Manhunter in Blackest Night. Through "speed-reading" Barry can absorb large amounts of information into his short-term memory, which remain in his mind just long enough for him to make use of it. Using this technique, Barry was able to learn enough about building work to rebuild a destroyed apartment building.

    Originally, Jay Garrick was thought to be the only metahuman Flash, with Barry Allen, Wally West and Bart Allen being conduits to the Speed Force itself, thus losing their powers if the connection to the Speed Force was removed, hijacked or altered. However, post-Flashpoint the notion of Barry Allen as the Source of the Speed Force is further expanded upon, with Lord Helspont and other Daemonites describing Barry Allen as a perfect example of what a metahuman is.

    It was initially believed that Barry Allen was unable to alter the timeline, due to that power being tied to the Reverse-Speedforce held by Professor Zoom. It has since been revealed that Barry Allen does possess that power but, due to him researching only the most utilitarian effects of the Speed Force, he never mastered it. Still, as showcased in Flashpoint, Barry Allen lacks the subtlety and knowledge of time-travel mechanics needed to enact specific changes. This was shown during his first attempt at using the aforementioned power, to turn his own timeline into a dystopia instead of simply reverting a small change enacted by Zoom.





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