Don't blink! Here's your first look at Barry Allen's speedy hero costume from the CW's new "Flash" series, worn by Grant Gustin.
It's just a glimpse, but the difference between "Flash" and the show it was spun off from, "Arrow," is immediately apparent. Oliver Queen's outfit is utilitarian — it didn't even become a costume until Barry made him a mask when he appeared on the show earlier this season. From the get-go, the inquisitive, brilliant, and "fanboyish" (as some would say) Barry is determined to be a hero, not a vigilante.
Allen gushes about Arrow:
The mask carries on the image of previous Flashes: full skullcap, lightning bolts on the ears. It has the feel of modern leather, replacing the spandex that we now tend to associate with '80s hair bands and aerobics. And there's that trace of a smile that, more than anything, signifies the shift in tone from its archery-centric predecessor.
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Of course, it's not hard to do better than past Flash costumes. The 1990 version was actually quite good, though it suffered from the overpadded look of the '80s.
Still, anything would have been better than the costume from the bizarre "roast" of the Justice League from the '70s. Imagine if Jeff Ross were roasting people in the worst comic book convention cosplay outfits you can find, lace it with uncomfortable race-based jokes and hyper-specific comics continuity jokes, and you'll just have begun to wrap your head around this one.
The most disappointing costume is from the failed "Justice League of America" pilot from 1997. Perhaps the '70s, knowing only the success of the "Batman" series from the '60s, can be forgiven for looking as hokey as it does. But by the late '90s, decent live-action comic properties had already been made, so nobody mourned the cancellation of this show with its clunky, overwrought Flash.
The notoriously fickle online fans seem largely onboard with the new costume:
I am loving that they are really going for it with CW's Flash costume. Excited to see the rest.
— Pod About Nothing (@PodAboutNothing) February 28, 2014
There's something wonderful about the first image of a Flash TV show showing him smiling. He's all 'angst? I run fast. Eat s--t'
— Bad News Austin (@I_A_Austin) February 28, 2014
@grantgust donning the Flash uniform. You lucky son of a gun, it'd be a dream come true if I got to! Congrats can't wait to see it in action
— LAlmalvez (@IL1511) February 28, 2014
The new Flash costume for the CW is looking right!
— Chris (@bmancs4) February 28, 2014
Can I just say... Grant Gustin's "The Flash" costume... OH MY GOOOOOD. LIKE, SERIOUSLY. IS THIS EVEN REAL?! #FanboyDrools
— AJ Alferez (@NobodyGraves) February 28, 2014
But, of course, somebody always has to hate:
— D-strip-ando (@Dstripando) February 28, 2014
And an unnecessary swipe at "Arrow," because this is the Internet.
I like that the CWs' Flash puts on a mask right away instead of smearing paint over his face like an idiot.
— Sean Whitmore (@SeanWhitmore) February 28, 2014
"The Flash" pilot begins production next week. If it's any good at all (and we think it'd have to be really bad), expect to see it picked up to series when The CW makes its annoucements later this spring.