'The Flash' Trailer: 3 Things I Learned

As The Flash, Grant Gustin will confront a world newly overcome with superpowered meta-humans. Sources: YouTube, The CW.

Anyone wondering if Time Warner (NYSE: TWX  ) intends to build an integrated DC television universe got their answer yesterday when Stephen Amell, star of The CW hit Arrow, appeared in the The Flash trailer.

"Take your own advice.... Wear a mask," Amell says. Shortly after, we see Grant Gustin's awkward police scientist, Barry Allen, become the superhero known as The Flash. To me, it's a transformation that seems destined to have far-reaching consequences for fans of the DC universe and Time Warner investors. Here are three reasons why:

1. The DC television universe is overtly connected. Counting the pilot for The Flash, we now have three explicit crossovers with Arrow, which kicks off its third season on Wednesdays this fall. New episodes of The Flash will air Tuesdays in the same 8 p.m. timeslot. Proximity and shared resources makes it likely we'll see even more explicit stabs at creating a shared DC mythos. (Arrow co-creators Andrew Kreisberg and Greg Berlanti are also actively involved with The Flash, as is DC Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns.)

Arrow star Stephen Amell appears in the pilot episode of The Flash. Credit: The CW.

2. The Flash will be a touchpoint for introducing more menacing meta-humans. Actor Tom Cavanagh plays S.T.A.R. Labs physicist Harrison Wells in the The Flash. In the trailer, he explains the vast repercussions of the superhero's birth. "A dimensional barrier ruptured, unleashing unknown energies into our world: anti-matter, dark energy, x-elements," Wells says. The message? Barry wasn't the only one transformed. Later in the trailer we see bank robber Clyde Mardon (played by Chad Rook) controlling the weather, making him the comic book villain fans will recognize as Weather Wizard and proving Wells' point.

In The Flash, S.T.A.R. Labs tracks mysterious, transformative energy crossing into our world. Credit: The CW.

3. More heroes are coming, soon. The Flash pilot also marks the second time we see a reference to Ferris Air in a CW show based on a DC Comics character, with the last appearance coming in the Arrow season one finale. There's a chance the show's creators are merely teasing fans here, but as fans themselves it's hard to imagine Kreisberg, Berlanti, and Johns not wanting to pay off the reference to Green Lantern at some point in either show. The mere possibility of an appearance should keep most of the core audience engaged.

Barry's first "test-run" is apparently set at a Ferris Air facility. Credit: The CW.

Regardless, Warners' integrated strategy comes at a good time since DC, unlike Marvel, is still in the early stages of expanding its live action universe. Anything that helps further the fan base for that world is bound be good for investors.

Now it's your turn to weigh in. What did you learn from The Flash trailer? Do you envision one or more explicit movie crossovers? Leave your take below, including whether you would buy, sell, or short Time Warner stock at current prices.

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  • Report this Comment On May 17, 2014, at 10:15 AM, WarriorDL wrote:

    Surprised you didn't mention The Reverse Flash, as that is who murdered Barry's mother. Watch the yellow blur when Barry talks about his mother being murdered.

  • Report this Comment On May 17, 2014, at 10:42 AM, TMFMileHigh wrote:


    >>Surprised you didn't mention The Reverse Flash, as that is who murdered Barry's mother.

    Good point, but I also think we've known about this for a while. Earlier coverage:

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  • Report this Comment On May 17, 2014, at 12:09 PM, WarriorDL wrote:

    Thanks for the reminder. So it also surprises me you didn't mention Killer Frost too LOL

    In reality, I never saw the first article. Missed it somehow. Maybe the Trickster played a prank on me.

  • Report this Comment On May 17, 2014, at 1:09 PM, sai99shadow wrote:

    While I love the idea of a shared TV universe I think DC is missing a huge opportunity by not using Gus or Stephen as part of the larger DC cinematic universe. It's clear they're trying to follow the Avenger's success while trying to do their own thing but if it ain't broke don't fix it. By adding The Flash and Green Arrow they have the already built in TV audience as well as bringing in new people who may not watch the show. You already have STAR Labs, Amanda Waller, the Suicide Squad, as well as Deathstroke you could easily incorporate into the overall universe. I'm starting to think DC stands for "Don't Care" as they're to focused on the Trinity (Batman, Superman, & WOnder Woman)

  • Report this Comment On May 17, 2014, at 2:34 PM, jackson2008 wrote:

    The current Flash and Arrow series should crossover in the up coming Batman vs. Superman and the justice league movie

  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 12:06 AM, venom1000000 wrote:

    I've heard that WB wants to keep their TV and movie universes separate.....That has got to be the STUPIDEST idea I have ever heard.

  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 9:55 AM, Mikel61 wrote:

    #4. Iris West was white. I won't watch it now.

  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 1:36 PM, Madcmike wrote:

    I think that it would be awesome to see Arrow and Flash in the Justice League movie!


  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 9:34 PM, Gridlock464 wrote:

    @ Mikel61 I think with Iris, Warner Brothers/DC is trying to blend the characters Iris West (Barry’s wife) & Linda Park (Wally’s wife) into one character to create diversity on the TV show. WB/DC has done a great job with Arrow, the fact that it’s the same creative team plus the addition of Geoff Johns working on Flash is huge plus for me. Johns run on the Flash title in the early 2000’s was simply amazing.

    I also feel that WB/DC would be foolish to not connect the TV & cinematic universes. It would be too confusing having 2 Green Arrows, 2 Flashes and so on. With the outcry against the casting of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman & Ben Affleck as Batman many people wonder if WB/DC know what they are doing. Casting Amell & Gustin (assuming Flash is a hit like Arrow) would alleviate some people’s concerns.

    The beauty of what Marvel has done with their cinematic universe & TV universe is everything is connected for DC to set up separate TV & cinematic universe is crazy. The other thing I think DC needs to do (which is what they have done on Arrow & hopefully will continue to do on Flash) is to create a movie/TV show that appeals to the hardcore comic fan, I.E. “get the character right” the hardcore comic fans will tell everyone HOW GOOD the show/movie is.

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