Like Lightning, Strikes Twice:
It just takes a really long time in between...
with John Wesley Shipp as Barry Allen.
by Birds of Prey, but still willing to dance with the
fire, the WB has once again turned to their sister company
DC for inspiration.
around, it's The Flash, which the WB has ordered to
pilot for the 2004-2005 schedule. Though it's too soon to
really know much of anything, especially casting, what little
news is out there sounds ...interesting, at least.
written and executive produced by Elf producer Todd
Komarnicki, this new take on the character will, of course,
try to duplicate some of the Smallville
magic. (If you want to call it that.)
speedster will be a young man, learning to deal with his powers.
Those powers allegedly include the ability to travel through
time, but no word on if he needs the cosmic treadmill. He
will be the latest in a long line of speedsters, and will
have a mentor to guide him.
sounds more like Impulse than Flash. Name him Bart and fans
just might buy it.
it is alleged that we can give up hope of seeing the character
in anything resembling an official costume. Because, clearly,
The Huntress' costume was what was all wrong with Birds
weird note: reports have it that the show will be using Gotham
City as its home base, not Central City. Hey, WB, if you're
going to build on this sort of thing, even Smallville
knows there are other cities in the DCU besides Metropolis
and Gotham City. In fact, Central City has been mentioned
several times and nobody tuned out. Just a thought.
mark the second time The Flash has been up for a live-action
television show. CBS ran him for a full season in the early
90's, starring John Wesley Shipp as Barry Allen. Then he had
the red suit, lived in Central City, and even fought a few
costumed villains, including Mark Hamill as The Trickster
and David Cassidy as Mirror Master. None of those villains
could take him down; ultimately, it was The Simpsons
that did it.