‘flash’ facts: what does leaked script tell us about new show?
After the superhero’s debut on The CW’s "Arrow" in December, news about the upcoming "The Flash" pilot has slowed to a crawl. But the New Year has sped things up considerably, and now new info is hitting faster than lightning! We’ve also exhausted all of our "speed" puns at this point, so lets get to the meat of the info, in a flash.
As a bit of background, The Flash is DC Comics’ super-fast member of the Justice League. On TV, actor Grant Gustin first debuted the character as part of a two-episode arc on "Arrow" in late 2013. At the end of his stint, Gustin’s Barry Allen was struck by lightning giving him (potentially) the powers of The Flash.
Other than that, not a lot of information has been out there. There have been rumors about the cast, but that’s pretty much it, until now.
The Iris West Audition Tapes
Discovered over the weekend, a YouTube video posted by actress Abby Wake seems to have her reading sides (short script pages used for auditions) from the pilot script. To be clear, this may not be an actual audition for "The Flash;" though the fact that the video has been pulled offline may indicate something that shouldn’t actually be posted. And beyond that, it’s standard practice to write pages specifically for auditions that would never appear in a script, so these may not even be close to the finished product, even if they are real.
If they are real, though, there are a few salient points we can pull out:
» After an accident with Central City’s particle accelerator gave Barry his powers on "Arrow," it looks like they’re turning the thing back on. Will this create more superheroes? Or supervillains?
» Similarly, it looks like "The Flash" will make reference to "Arrow," and the events of Allen’s arc there; even if it’s not an explicit crossover.
» Iris and Barry grew up together, but Barry harbors a crush on her, and she knows it. Real "Flowers in the Attic" stuff.
» The sides make reference to The Trickster, a classic Flash villain who does just what his name implies: uses deadly tricks as weapons. True to "Arrow" form though, it seems like he’ll be more grounded as a vicious murderer, rather than a super-powered goofball.
To editorialize a bit, it does seem like these sides are over-explanatory, which could indicate they’re just that: audition sides, and not pieces of script at all. We reached out to both DC Entertainment and Warner Brothers Television for comment, but have not received a response as of press time. We’ll update this article if we do hear back.
Flash: The Movie
Meanwhile, Warner Brothers’ excitement for "The Flash" TV show seems to have put the brakes on the big screen version. But for a time, "Arrow" writers/producers Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim were hard at workon a big-screen version of the scarlet speedster back in the heady days before "Green Lantern" hit theaters.
Now a review of the script has popped up online; and though it will (most likely) never get made, given that Berlanti and Guggenheim are also working on "The Flash" TV series, it looks like they’re recycling a number of elements from that script:
» Just like in the TV show, the particle accelerator plays a major role. In the film, it’s created by the evil Eobarb Thawne, also known as The Reverse Flash. The twist is, Thawne traveled from a parallel dimension where he was constantly defeated by Allen, so to wreck revenge he killed Barry’s mother, waited around fifteen years, and now wants to use Barry’s speed powers (coupled with the particle accelerator) to travel home.
» Iris (also consistent with the show) grew up with Barry, her family having taken him in after his mother’s murder.
» The Trickster plays a role, also consistent with the sides mentioned above.
So if they used all of those details, what else might have been mined from this script? There’s mention of a team at STAR Labs (who manage the particle accelerator) working as The Flash’s support unit, kind of like Oliver Queen’s team on "Arrow." Thawne also seems to be Barry’s mentor initially, helping him learn to use his powers before revealing his evil, something that could definitely work for a full season arc.
But will "The Flash," which is otherwise set in the semi-realistic universe of "Arrow" start throwing parallel universes into the mix? It’s possible, though it seems like a big stretch. Like we said, this is a movie that never got made, which is extremely different from a TV show that’s spinning off another, existing TV show.
Stay tuned for more news on "The Flash" as it breaks. The show premieres on The CW this Fall.