The Flash’s first season brought the fun back to live-action superheroes

20 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘The Flash’ Finale: Should Barry Save His Mother?.

Season one concludes Tuesday, with the episode beginning with Barry (Grant Gustin) having captured Reverse-Flash (Tom Cavanagh) and faced with a big decision: Should he travel back in time to save his mother’s life?The CW superhero show stands out among its peers as the opposite — and in many ways, the antidote — to the grim and gritty tropes on Fox’s “Gotham” and CW’s “Arrow” (which spun off the show). “The Flash” brought something missing from comic book adaptations, both film and TV — exuberance, a joy in having the ability to help others. That question has lingered for much of the season, after Barry learned he (as an adult) was present when his mother died 15 years ago, and also discovering that he can time travel by running really, really fast.

Grant Gustin was best known for playing a smarmy creep on Fox’s “Glee,” but now it’s hard to imagine anyone else in the role of forensics technician Barry Allen, struck by a stray bolt from a particle accelerator explosion and transformed into a speedster. We did the greatest hits of all the scenes that made us cry over the season and put them all in the finale again.” Even before the show’s debut, when Barry stumbled his way over to Starling City, fans of The Flash have known that Barry was on a collision course with his nemesis, Eobard Thawne. Labs team with this final fight.” From a Debra Birnbaum @ profile of “Flash” executive producer Greg Berlanti, whose production company also does “Arrow,” “Mysteries of Laura” and the upcoming “Supergirl,” “Blindspot” and “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow:” That comicbook shows are now a success seems a no-brainer, given that they’re all that seems to be scoring in movies, but “Arrow” was a smallscreen breakthrough.

Flash has his allies (Cisco, Caitlin) and now a bona fide Rogue’s Gallery (led by Wentworth Miller’s delightfully snarky Captain Cold, who will be spinning off into CW’s midseason series “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.”) The show has paid homage to the short-lived 1990 prime-time version by casting original star John Wesley Shipp as Barry’s unjustly incarcerated father and brought back co-stars Amanda Pays and Mark Hamill in guest spots. “The Flash” routinely drops Easter eggs for comic book readers. Heroes become villains and lifelong friends are at war. “I dreamed my whole life about saving her,” says Barry in the promo video. “This is why you became the Flash” Joe tells Barry, adding, “There is no choice here, Barry.

It was his passion for the source material that infused the show — along with its successor, “The Flash” — with its emotional heart, compelling narrative and whiz-bang visual effects that have stirred fans and critics alike. Last week, he and his pals ended up at Ferris Aircraft, and in a bit of throwaway dialogue, we learned it had closed because a pilot had disappeared — that’s a reference to Hal Jordan/Green Lantern. Late night: Jamie Foxx guests on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (10:34 p.m., WDSU), Bill Murray and Bob Dylan guest on “Late Show With David Letterman” (10:35 p.m., WWL), George Clooney guests on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (10:35 p.m., WGNO). He told The Hollywood Reporter, “We’re not looking to shortchange people.” In a preview clip, Thawne reveals he will be born 136 years from now — and has a monologue on why he killed Barry’s mother. The Flash. “And dealing with time travel, logistically that can get very confusing.” At the end of last week’s episode, The Flash – with help from pals Arrow (Stephen Amell) and Firestorm (Robbie Amell) – managed to subdue Dr.

The network is not releasing the season finale (Tuesday at 8 p.m. on WLVI, Ch. 56) for review, but judging from teasers, it culminates in the ultimate showdown between Dr. I learned your name.” “In comic books, when you start talking about time travel — if anybody has followed The Flash, then they know Reverse-Flash and The Flash are not just doing this right now in the present day,” Gustin told THR back in January. “They have a long history, and there’s nothing that we’re not going to pursue when we try to tell the story.

We’re trying to tell all of it.” The previews show Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) marrying longtime (and previously presumed dead) finance Ronnie Raymond (Robbie Amell). But seriously, I have been quite impressed by his performance. “All that duality, as an actor, it’s a joy to play, because you’re trying to approach it from different levels,” Cavanagh said. “Sometimes you succeed and sometimes you don’t. “But one of the tremendous things is to have lines that go, ‘I look forward to seeing you soon.’ You know, stuff like that, which is layered with all sorts of different things. Martin Stein (Victor Garber) is on board for the spinoff Legends of Tomorrow, which features heroes and villains from The Flash and Arrow, but Ronnie is not among the list of regular characters. It’s also possible season two will see Caitlin transform into the villain Killer Frost, who in the comics has powers similar to X-Men’s Ice Man, except she craves heat (that’s where Firestorm come in handy).

He craves to be understood. “For actors, or for me certainly, it’s not like I’m besieged with opportunity all the time,” Cavanagh said. “That’s sort of the actor’s life. It’s not like we get to pick and choose, ‘Maybe I’ll do that, maybe I’ll do this one.’ You don’t know where the opportunity comes. “When it’s something like this, it certainly is very different from other characters I’ve played.

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